Pangea, A nordic accelerator, and a platform connecting African startups with international investment & expertise has shortlisted 11 start-ups who will be considered for funding. The 11 start-ups companies are drawn from
- Kenya (9),
- Egypt (1)
- Nigeria (1).
Pangea has been running an acceleration program, in partnership with Liquid Telecom, @iBizAfrica among other partners, for 40 start-ups aimed at providing milestone-based capacity-building for 12 weeks.
The collaboration with Strathmore’s @iBizAfrica has seen start-ups benefit from business and innovation experts drawn from different business and innovation scenes. Through Liquid Telecom the startups have had access to technical expertise and mentorship from tech giants, such as Liquid Telecom’s CTO, Ben Roberts. Moreover, Microsoft has provide the accelerator’s startups with free services like Microsoft Azure.
Pangea plans to launch a crowd investment platform in June 2018, allowing accelerated startups further access to funding. This will provide most of the start-ups on the acceleration program to meet potential funders even though they do not appear on the current list of 11.
Pangea’s CEO, Jonas clarifies that there will still be efforts geared towards linking most of the start-ups on the acceleration program with potential funders and other resource providers depending on their needs. In particular, Pangea, itself founded by Africans in the diaspora, aims to engage the African diaspora in investing in African startups through its crowd investment platform.
The 11 selected finalists are:
Tozzaplus – Manage your business from time, money to people.
TozzaPlus is a cloud business management tool for small businesses with an integrated accounting, invoicing, payroll, payouts and CRM modules.
Acacia Innovation – Nearly smokeless alternative to charcoal and firewood made from sugarcane waste.
Accacia Innovation supplies biomass briquettes to schools and small businesses. They also have an innovative ‘cookstove + briquette subscription model’.
Onesha – Connecting Businesses to Africa’s Top Creatives
Onesha is an online marketplace for Africa’s top creatives where businesses get access to vetted and sorted pool of creatives in diverse categories who can deliver on specific tasks at the business’ budget.
Yusudi – Youth talent for business growth
This is a blended learning program which provides life skills development program aimed at enabling people to grow their career as employees or entrepreneurs.
Biasharabot – Do Less and Sell More On Social Media
Biasharabot is a marketing tool which helps in handling customer queries, makes shopping and checkout process simpler, and also enables easy options for marketing.
Skolera – User-Oriented Unified Learning Platform
Skolera provides a suite of tools for the 5 actors involved in the educational process. This promotes full digitisation and distribution of resources, assessment, collaboration and communication, monitoring and supervision and finally reporting.
Lakeview Fisheries – Changing how you and your fish connect
Creates a network of micro franchise fish vendors deployed in some of LVF’s 500 locations within Nairobi. The cold chain solution is easily portable and takes into account constraints such as lack of electricity.
Sure Corporation – Transportation network company.
Sure Corporation runs Safiri Express a reliable, affordable and comfortable pre-booked shuttle service in Nairobi.
HelpMum – Improving Maternal and Infant Health in Africa.
HelpMum is health technology that uses the power of mobile technology and low cost innovation to tackle maternal and infant death in Africa.
SaveKubwa – Personalized Car Insurance in Under 3 mins.
In less than 3 minutes one can get personalised Motor insurance quotes from multiple insurance companies, transparently compare and buy them all on the SaveKubwa platform. This platform makes motor insurance stress free.
Usalama – Providing access to Emergency services at the tap of a button.
The Usalama app is a platform that connects users and emergency service providers (ambulance, security, police, road-side assistance) in a quick and efficient manner, utilizing real-time user data, and an integrated web-based backend portal.