Six African tech startups receive funding from third cohort of the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund.
The funded startups are:
- Agrocenta: Based in Ghana, Argocenta is Mobile financial services for smallholder farmers
- Coliba: develops solutions for plastic recycling through Mobile.
- Eneza Education: develops SMS-based educational content for K-12 students
- GiftedMom: Based in Cameroon. It provides support for evaluating maternal health digitally.
- Greenovator: Based in Myanmar. Digital marketplace for agricultural inputs and outputs
- KEA Medicals: Based in Benin. Medical identity solution for patients and hospitals
- oDoc: Based in Sri Lanka. Mobile-based telemedicine services for individuals
- Pacific Ads Group: Based in Papua New Guinea. Online marketplace and service job-matching platforms
- Qlue: Based in Indonesia. Civic engagement app to connect citizens with city officials and businesses
- SkyEye: Based in Samoa. Localisation and mapping solution for transportation services
- Taskmoby: Based in Ethiopia. Mobile platform connecting skilled workers from the informal sector with customers.
About GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund:
- The GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Fund (“the Fund”) supports innovative start-ups in emerging markets to achieve sustainable growth and improved socio-economic impact.
- The objectives of the Fund are to: Establish partnerships between mobile operators and start-ups in order to increase the reach of innovative mobile services to low-income citizens. Test business models with the greatest potential for growth and impact in Asia-Pacific and Africa. Provide lessons and examples on the ways in which mobile is driving positive socio-economic change.
The Fund is supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Australian Government, the GSMA and its members. “With the latest additions, our portfolio now covers 23 markets in total, including eight new countries. The representation of very diverse ecosystems is critical for us to help demonstrate that the case for collaboration between startups and mobile operators is not the prerogative of more structured ecosystems like Nairobi or Jakarta, but can also become a reality in Apia or Cotonou,” said Max Cuvellier, head of the GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator.