Startup Cup Ghana takes place

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Startup pitching competition Startup Cup held its local finals in Ghana at the weekend, with a local coffee house, KawaMoka, taking first place.

The weekend saw Startup Cup return to Ghana for the third time; and 12 startups battled it out to win a place in the pan-African finals.

Local coffee company KawaMoka snatched first place, pipping e-learning platform eCampus to the post, which placed second. Waste management startup Coliba took third position.

“We took a long time to come to a decision after witnessing the pitches,” said StartUp Cup Ghana director, Emmanuel Nyame.

“There were a lot of deliberations as all 12 of these businesses are so strong. In the end it came down to deciding whether we wanted to give the backing to the best ideas or the businesses that we thought could really succeed.”

All 12 finalists will receive mentorship from MEL Consulting starting in December this year; while those finalists with an agricultural focus will receive a prize package from sponsor TechnoServe.

Overall winner KawaMoka progresses to compete with other African country winners in the next phase of the competition.

This edition of Startup Cup Ghana was held under the auspices of the inaugural National Startup Festival.  Disrupt Africa reported last month pan-African private equity and investment firm, Stillwater Equity Partners partnered Startup Cup Ghana to host the festival, which brings together entrepreneurs, investors and ecosystem leaders at the British Council.

The event involved networking, exhibitions, keynotes, workshops and awards.

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