Back at the start of the year, Disrupt Africa unveiled its 12 African startups to watch in 2018. How did we get on with our predictions?
Moroccan B2B trading platform WaystoCap
We said: “WaystoCap is set for West African expansion in 2018 – and we’ll be watching closely.”
What actually happened: Opened offices in Burkina Faso and Togo to add to its existing operations in Benin, and expanded its product offering.
Moroccan e-commerce startup Vendo.ma
We said: “Vendo.ma is busy racing for monetisation having perfected its platform and onboarded plenty of customers.”
What actually happened: Steady growth and now making money.
Egyptian home services marketplace FilKhedma
We said: “We think 2018 will be a big year as it sets out to expand its market presence on the back of recently secured funding.”
What actually happened: Contemplating expansion beyond its Cairo base on the back of a five-fold increase in volumes over the course of the year.
Kenyan B2B commerce platform Sokowatch
We said: “We’re not the only people to notice Sokowatch – the startup was named one of three winners of the Innotribe Startup Challenge in May; made it onto the World Bank’s XL Africa accelerator in August; and secured investment in October. What’s next?”
What actually happened: “Closed a US$2 million seed round to further expand its customer base across East Africa while also piloting additional value-added services for shops.”
Kenyan software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform for mobile commerce Sky.Garden
We said: “The public response has been strong, with the startup charting 25 per cent month-on-month growth in order volumes.”
What actually happened: Raised US$1.2 million in January and spent the rest of the year building an office suite for retailers. Has seen 26 per cent month-on-month growth in both volume and value. Now raising Series A funding.
Ugandan mobile commerce startup Intelworld
We said: “Uganda’s Intelworld has quietly been working away since 2014, but we feel 2018 will see this startup really take off.”
What actually happened: Appears to have closed.
South African solar micro-leasing marketplace Sun Exchange
We said: “If ever a startup combined multiple cutting-edge techs into one impressive solution, it’s South Africa’s Sun Exchange.”
What actually happened: Has built a global community of over 14,000 members across 90 countries, and also recently introduced SUNEX, its own digital rewards token. Secured US$500,000 in seed funding to speed its growth.
South African e-health startup hearX Group
We said: “hearX Group is a prime example of how technology is revolutionising access to healthcare, and the company’s work is finally starting to get the recognition it deserves.”
What actually happened: Launched two new products with international partners, and won multiple awards.
Angolan food delivery platform Tupuca
We said: “Having fine-tuned its solution, the startup is looking to scale up to add grocery and pharmacy deliveries; and expand to new markets.”
What actually happened: “500,000 items sold, 147,000 deliveries completed, and over US$5 million in sales.”
Ghanaian agri-tech startup Farmerline
We said: “The startup connects small-scale farmers to information services, products and resources to improve their incomes; and has over 200,000 farmers registered to date.”
Nigerian online ticketing startup PayPass
We said: “While it’s early days for PayPass, Disrupt Africa is impressed by the early progress and we have a good feeling about what’s in store for this team.”
What actually happened: All gone quiet.
Nigerian agri-tech startup Releaf
We said: “With the platform now publicly available, Releaf hopes to onboard 20,000 businesses over the next 12 months.”
What actually happened: Profitable and growing.
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Turns out we’re pretty good at this! Keep an eye out over the next few days for our 12 African tech startups to watch in 2019. A very happy new year to all.