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The Top 10 African Startups to Watch in 2019 and Take Inspiration From

The last 5 years have seen Africa grow from strength to strength. With technology becoming more accessible and less expensive, it has also given rise to a strong tech startup culture.

African startups have a massive opportunity to own an entire industry across a significant portion of the African continent and the 1.2 billion people who live there and these 10 startups stand a strong chance.

The Top 10 African Startups to Watch

1. ELVES

The virtual assistant app has been accelerating over the past year and a half and the rolling will continue in 2019 as well.

The tech-driven chat-based app uses a human-in-the-loop methodology to build AI and drive machine learning. The user can talk to a superhuman assistant to do things anywhere in the world, for free.

Giving it a huge boost, the startup raised seed funding right at the close of 2017 and has expanded to the US.  

2. HALAN

Transportation is a major sticking point in many African cities and startups across are trying to address travel logistics in their local markets. Founded in 2017, Halan is a motorcycle and tuk-tuk ride-hailing and on-demand logistics application, which has already facilitated over three million rides across several governorates in Egypt and Sudan.

The startup secured a multi-million dollar funding round in 2018 with a view to pressing on with expansion to further markets.  

3. UTU

Kenyan artificial intelligence startup UTU is the company behind the socially-powered taxi and transport app Maramoja. It has developed an algorithm optimized for trust that utilizes proprietary innovations in the fields of AI and distributed ledger technology. The startup has been raising seed funding across 2018.

4. APPY SAUDE

Transforming access to healthcare in the country, through its healthcare database app, Appy Saude allows users to access information located around Angola. The services offered include medical specialities5. covered, insurance accepted, as well as the contact details of the over 2,000 medical facilities listed. The startup claims no such directory existed prior to its launch.

5. COWRYWISE

Launched in 2017, a secure automated service that helps users save money and enjoy high returns from risk-free investments in Nigeria with zero fees. The startup secured investment in June and was accepted into the Y Combinator Summer 2018 Batch. 

6. TAIMBA

The agri-tech space in Africa is booming and one of the quality agri-tech ventures emerging on the continent is Kenya’s Taimba. With the aim of improving the supply chain, as well as regulating the price of agricultural produce, it operates a business-to-business mobile-based cashless platform connecting farmers with retailers.

7. KUDIGO

The startup officially launched in 2018 after a year in public beta. Integrated, mobile-based retail, payments, accounting and analytics engine for the consumer retail industry, KudiGo provides a complete solution for businesses to receive payments, track inventories and build sound financial models based on past trends.

8. WAYSTOCAP

A trading marketplace for businesses in Africa, it matches buyers and sellers in Africa. WaystoCap’s marketplace helps you find the best deal among hundreds of trusted suppliers globally making sure that you get the trading terms you are looking for.

9. FILKHEDMA

Launched in 2014, FilKhedma is an online marketplace for home maintenance and improvement services such as plumbing, carpentry, electricity, air conditioning, painting and appliances. With the new funding and partners on board in 2018, FilKhedma is busy revamping its technology ready to expand its reach to new geographies and grow its user base, as well as increasing its operations, development and marketing teams.

10. SKY.GARDEN

After two years of development and beta testing, launched to the general public in March this year, Sky.Garden is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform. Built specifically for African businesses in the early days of adopting the platform for mobile commerce offers online transacting, providing an easy-to-use online marketplace allowing informal traders, SMEs and established businesses to sell their products.

With all that fine-tuning, mentoring and backing behind all these startups on the list they are surely the ones to keep a watch out for in 2019.

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