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Africa Tech Festival Selects 10 Finalists for Startup World Cup

The top 10 finalists for the AfricaIgnite Pitch Competition have been announced, with five companies from Kenya and four from South Africa making the list.

The finalists will battle it out to represent Africa at the Startup World Cup in San Francisco in December, where they will have the chance to win a US$1 million grand prize.

The finalists are:

  • AsaanaPay (Kenya) – a payments and rewards platform for minority-owned businesses
  • Tausi App (Kenya) – a beauty startup that connects beauticians to clients
  • Ukwenza VR (Kenya) – a VR-based educational content provider
  • BenaCare (Kenya) – a homecare platform
  • Kyanda Africa (Kenya) – a payments service
  • Delta Scan (South Africa) – a specialist engineering inspection, digitization and BIM company
  • Oneway Connect (South Africa) – a job matching and recruitment software
  • Hippocampus Education (South Africa) – an adaptive tutoring Facebook Messenger bot
  • Gradlinc (South Africa) – a platform that helps prepare graduates for the workplace and connects them with opportunities
  • Bus54 (Nigeria) – a mobility technology company that provides a platform to aggregate intercity bus transportation in Africa

The AfricaIgnite Pitch Competition Final will take place at the Africa Tech Festival in Cape Town on November 16, 2023.

The winning venture will be selected to represent Africa at the Startup World Cup in December.

The AfricaIgnite Pitch Competition is a unique opportunity for African startups to showcase their innovative solutions to a global audience and compete for funding and mentorship.

The competition is also a platform to promote the African tech ecosystem and encourage investment in African startups.

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