SA startup 8Bit makes semi-finals at PITCH in Dublin


Cape Town-based content discovery platform 8Bit was the only African semi-finalist at global startup competition PITCH, held at the Web Summit in Dublin, Ireland.

8Bit, which connects brands to audiences using a network of leading publishers and specially developed tools and technology, was one of only three African startups that pitched alongside 200 startups from around the world in the competition.

The startup was part of the 88mph accelerator programme in Cape Town this year, and recently closed a funding round of US$110,000 from multiple South African and international investors.

After pitching on the first day of the event, 8Bit was announced as one of the 20 startups to progress to the semi-finals, where it was knocked out by eventual winner BroadStone.

“We were extremely honoured to have been given the opportunity to present our vision for the future of content discovery and aggregation on a global platform like PITCH at Web Summit,” said 8Bit founder and chief executive officer (CEO) Tom Kennedy.

“Making the semi finals against so many leading startups was an amazing vote of confidence in what we’re trying to achieve at 8Bit. We’ve had such amazing support from our amazing group of BETA publishers and we can’t wait to expand this group in the coming weeks. We really were blown away by the support that came through from South Africa.”


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