Here are the 11 startups to pitch at Seedstars World Nairobi


Startups pitching competition Seedstars World has announced the 11 startups selected to compete at the Nairobi leg of the contest, to win a place in the global finals and up to US$500,000 prize money.

Seedstars World sees the competition visit 50 countries worldwide, with 13 African cities hosting competition legs.

The winner of each local event will progress to pitch head-to-head against finalists from around the world in Switzerland in February 2016, for the chance to win up to US$500,000 in investment.

Seedstars World has now named the 11 successful applicants selected to pitch at the Nairobi event to be held on October 2.

Set to compete are AD-Engine, which helps businesses and individuals pay and track their offline advertisements online; Atikus, aiming to improve access to credit for micro, small, and medium enterprises by helping mitigate lenders’ credit and operational risks; and ENT-Mobile, which converts conversation on social media and mobile platforms to structured, actionable, and quantifiable data.

Also competing are Illuminum Greenhouses Kenya – seeking to create a limitless integrated solar powered farm automation system with sensors controlled via SMS from the farmer’s mobile phone; Lipacard Kenya, which provides a next generation fintech platform for teenagers and students; Lynk – leveraging technology to improve the relationship between household customers and informal workers; and Mobu, which helps merchants get in store traffic via desirable coupons.

The final four competitors are Mobidawa – building a reliable and easy to use medication guide and reminder for Africa; Shield Investment Company – a fintech company using proprietary technology while leveraging mobile money to offer employees affordable salary advances; and Tech Republic Africa, creating premier technology education experiences for youth to nurture their STEM university and career interests; and Totohealth, saving the lives of children using mobile technology.

The startups will pitch live to a panel of judges including Aaron Fu, managing partner for Africa at Nest; Josiah Mugambi, executive director at iHub; Veronica Ogeto-Tchoketch, head of innovation at Safaricom; Bahaa Eddine Sarroukh, head of Philips Research; and Gregory Pepper, regional manager for Africa at Seedstars World.

So far this year, editions have already taken place in Mozambique; South Africa; Nigeria; Ghana; Ivory Coast;Rwanda; and Uganda. Following Kenya, the next African event will be held in Ethiopia, on October 8.

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