2018 is shaping up to be a phenomenal year for innovators on the continent and SBC Africa is leading the charge.
This year is the second consecutive year that the programme will take place in Cape Town, and over the past 3 months the SBC team have criss-crossed the globe in search of the very best in tech talent. After receiving 1,004 applications from all over the world, the SBC team in conjunction with the programme’s corporate sponsors have narrowed the applicants down to 22 top-tier tech start-ups.
In order to make it onto our Top 22, each startup has been chosen by at least 2 sponsors for potential proof of concept projects.
These startups will be attending the Final Selection Days to be hosted at PwC in Cape Town where they will have the opportunity to present their pitches to high-profile corporate sponsors, investors, thought leaders and industry experts and will have the chance to sit down with mentors and sponsors alike. At the end of Day Two, the Top 10 will be announced and will be welcomed to the Cape Town-based Accelerator that kicks off in August. During the 3-month period, they will have the opportunity to scale at an incredible pace and seal pilot and proof of concept deals with the corporate sponsors to the programme.
“It’s been an intense process due to the exceptionally high calibre of startups applying to the programme from across the continent,” states Philip Kiracofe, co-founder and CEO of Startupbootcamp Africa.
The Top 22 startups invited to the Final Selection Days come from 7 different countries. The numbers are as follows: 8 from Nigeria, 5 from South Africa, 3 from Uganda, 2 from the Ivory Coast, 2 from Kenya, 1 from Ghana and 1 from Ireland.
The names of the startups invited to Final Selection Days by country:
Nigeria:Bankly Technologies, Biyabot, CredPal, FriendsVow, Kudimoney Bank, Medikal HMS, NebulaPay, and ZEEZZ Planet Solutions.
South Africa:Brandbookalytics Big Data, ifileme, LÜLA, Prospa, and Akiba Digital
Uganda:CoinPesa Ltd, RoundBob Uganda, and Swipe 2 Pay
Ivory Coast:Digitech Group, and DISTRICASH
Kenya:Kakbima, and MPost
Ghana:Inclusive Financial Technologies
Ireland: Pago Payments
Founded in 2010, Startupbootcamp is a global startup accelerator with 18 programs in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Chengdu, Istanbul, London, Mexico City, Miami, Mumbai, New York, Rome, Singapore and Cape Town.