Ghanaian tech start up Dropifi, has become the first entirely African company to join the silicon valley-based 500 Start Up program.
Dropifi, the smart WordPress widget that acts as an alternative to ‘contact us’ forms on websites, replacement for “contact us” buttons on websites allows companies to better analyze incoming “contact us” messages has joined the sixth batch of companies to be taken up into the 500 Startups Accelerator Programme.
Dropifi helps companies filter out spam through proprietary anti-spam technology, see incoming message trending data in relation to industry metrics, demographic and social media profiles of the sender, analyse the real emotions behind the messages and easily integrate with their existing CRMs, e-commerce and blogging platforms.
“ With this tool, companies generate more business leads, make better business decisions, offer a more personalized and better customer service experience, save time, increase productivity and boost their ROI,” said co-founder David Osei.
The company was started by three graduates of Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology in Accra in 2011 and quickly went global, selling its smart contact widget to over 5,000 small businesses all over the world.
The firm announced, “We are happy to announce today that, we’ve joined the 6th batch of companies to join 500 Startups Accelerator Program. Dropifi seeks to clear out the era of long and scary website “contact us” forms that deny businesses of valuable feedback and leads, but will still deliver business critical insights and a spam-free customer engagement.”
“Being the first African startup to join a leading US accelerator validates our idea and serves as a springboard for us to take giant leaps into helping businesses better interact with customers,” adds Osei.
“We also see it as an inspiration for young African entrepreneurs and a signpost that Africa is geared up to be the next economic frontier.”
Dropifi recently won the Global Start Up Open competition where they beat 50 international start ups to win the Kauffman Foundation award. They were flown to Rio in March to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) and collect their award.
Whilst in Rio they pitched to Dave McClure, Founder of 500 Startups, and shortly after received an invitation to join the accelerator program.
Since launching on WordPress and Shopify late in 2012 there have been over 8,000 downloads on WordPress and over 900 Shopify stores are using the Dropifi widget to collect and analyze their incoming messages and leads.