Season 2019

Categories

  • Startup of the Year

    Startup of the Year

    Description

    A tech startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation, and impact with a product or service.

  • Best Newcomer

    Best Newcomer

    Description

    A tech startup that is up to two years old that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation, and impact with their product/service.

  • Founder of the Year

    Founder of the Year

    Description

    A tech startup founder that has shown notable achievements over the last year in terms of great customer growth, sales, funds raised, uniqueness, impact of the product/service and leadership in the ecosystem.

  • Investor of the Year

    Investor of the Year

    Description

    An individual or company that has displayed the best investment acumen over the last year. This could be through an exit, early investment of a notable startup, or realization of an earlier investment.

  • Best Accelerator/Incubator Program

    Best Accelerator/Incubator Program

    Description

    A fixed-term, cohort-based, mentorship-driven program that helps and empowers entrepreneurs to foster the growth of their innovative companies by providing tools, resources, connections, knowledge and expertise.

  • Best Co-working Space

    Best Co-working Space

    Description

    A co-working space that deserves the recognition for its services, support, and resources to fast-growth tech start-ups, and for creating a culture and environment that fosters innovation.

  • Ecosystem Hero of the Year

    Ecosystem Hero of the Year

    Description

    An individual known by passion for entrepreneurship and ability as well as willingness to
    help startups and entrepreneurship grow. Key words: Passion, pay-it-forward, ability and willingness to use experience and/or ability to help.

  • Best Virtual Teamwork Solution

    Best Virtual Teamwork Solution

    Description

    A startup that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact with a product or service that solves connectivity between people, companies or teams in a smart, engaging way, with the potential to shape the future of connectivity, especially in times of crisis and social isolation.

  • People's Choice

    People's Choice

    Description

    An Individual or company that got the most accumulated votes through out the national and regional round.

Competition Stakeholders

Country Partners

  • Celso Domingos

    Celso Domingos

    Mozambique

    Country Manager at Alvi Gordon Mozambique

    Linkedin
  • Isa Randrianasolo

    Isa Randrianasolo

    Madagascar

    Founder of Avana Hub

    Linkedin
  • Mara Zhanet Michelo

    Mara Zhanet Michelo

    Zambia

    Country Director-Jacaranda Hub

    Linkedin
  • Motlatsi Ketsi

    Motlatsi Ketsi

    Lesotho

    Founder & Director of Bison Startup Network

    Linkedin
  • Samantha Omar

    Samantha Omar

    South Africa

    Founder & CEO of Linking Africa

    Linkedin
  • Sicelo Dube

    Sicelo Dube

    Zimbabwe

    Director at Elevate Trust

    Linkedin
  • Silas Newaka

    Silas Newaka

    Namibia

    Country Partner at Southern Africa Startup Awards

    Linkedin
  • Vincent Kumwenda

    Vincent Kumwenda

    Malawi

    CEO of MHUB

    Linkedin
  • Zakiya Buhora

    Zakiya Buhora

    Mauritius

    Chief Operations Officer at Mauritius Startup Awards

    Linkedin

Ambassadors

  • Alana Kruger

    Alana Kruger

    South Africa

    Senior Analyst at Research Institute for Innovation and Sustainability

  • Adreas Vejnø Аndersen

    Adreas Vejnø Аndersen

    Zambia

    Founder and CEO of RUKAhub

  • Baby Mwakale

    Baby Mwakale

    Tanzania
  • Bandile Mathandela

    Bandile Mathandela

    South Africa

    Project Manager at Aurum Innova

    Linkedin
  • Billy Peter Munyenyembe

    Billy Peter Munyenyembe

    Zambia

    CEO of BRIISP INVENTIONS

  • Bojane Segooa

    Bojane Segooa

    South Africa

    Senior Lecturer at the University of South Africa

    Linkedin
  • Brenda Mamputa

    Brenda Mamputa

    South Africa

    Founder of Brenda M.events and Beauty school

    Linkedin
  • Brian Mangena

    Brian Mangena

    South Africa

    Founder Of Ordinary People In Finance

  • Bright Bwalya

    Bright Bwalya

    Zambia

    Director at Regitech Soya Processing Industries Limited

    Linkedin
  • Carlos Mabutana

    Carlos Mabutana

    Mozambique

    Founder of EventosMZ

  • Cecilia Njobvu

    Cecilia Njobvu

    Zambia
  • Chama Mwansa

    Chama Mwansa

    Zambia
  • Chantal Claassen

    Chantal Claassen

    Namibia

    Co-founder and COO of Dololo

    Linkedin
  • Chilumba K Bwalya

    Chilumba K Bwalya

    Zambia

    General Manager AR.Stratmann & Co

  • Cynthia Botshelo Mothelesi

    Cynthia Botshelo Mothelesi

    Botswana

    Founder of Happy Soul Adventures & Mmamontle Holdings

  • Daniela Loberline Ratiarisoa

    Daniela Loberline Ratiarisoa

    Madagascar

    Founder of VIAVY FISH SHOP

    Linkedin
  • Donald Pillai

    Donald Pillai

    South Africa

    Director of Genesis Tradeway

    Linkedin
  • Edwin Mumunga

    Edwin Mumunga

    Zambia

    Entrepreneur, Entrepreneurship trainer, coach

    Linkedin
  • Eunice Ntobedzi

    Eunice Ntobedzi

    Botswana

    Director at EmPowered FinTech

    Linkedin
  • François Mark

    François Mark

    Mauritius

    CEO of Interactive Graphics Studios

    Linkedin
  • Haingo Fanilo Rakotonindrina

    Haingo Fanilo Rakotonindrina

    Madagascar

    President of CEERE

    Linkedin
  • Hobimanjaka Rakotondrabe

    Hobimanjaka Rakotondrabe

    Madagascar

    Manager at Passion 4 Humanity

  • Ian Mizinga

    Ian Mizinga

    Zambia

    Entrepreneur, SME & Startup Consultant

  • Jacob Mwanza

    Jacob Mwanza

    Zambia

    Founder & CEO of Roche and Guilffords Group Limited

  • Jody Arthur Hendricks

    Jody Arthur Hendricks

    South Africa

    Radio Presenter at SABC

    Linkedin
  • Julius Luwaya

    Julius Luwaya

    Zambia

    Co-founder and General Manager at Impact Hub Lusaka

    Linkedin
  • Kalimbu Seleji

    Kalimbu Seleji

    Zambia

    Filmmaker and actor

  • Karabo Letsholo

    Karabo Letsholo

    Botswana

    Founder of Association of Entrepreneurs Botswana

  • Karel Dampies

    Karel Dampies

    South Africa
  • Komeki Raphael Songwe

    Komeki Raphael Songwe

    Zambia

    Co-founder Teejays Tech

    Linkedin
  • Linandani Mkhize

    Linandani Mkhize

    South Africa

    Founder and Ceo of Silicon Durbs

    Linkedin
  • Lindokuhle Ndlovu

    Lindokuhle Ndlovu

    South Africa
  • Lizzy Mabena

    Lizzy Mabena

    South Africa

    Founder & Managing Director od Zedek Fibre

    Linkedin
  • Manuel Gungulo

    Manuel Gungulo

    Mozambique

    Co-founder of Susamati

    Linkedin
  • Mapurunyane Tolamo

    Mapurunyane Tolamo

    South Africa

    Cloud Developer at IBM

    Linkedin
  • Mariam Umarji

    Mariam Umarji

    Mozambique

    Expert in Public Financial Management at MB Consulting

    Linkedin
  • Marlon Green

    Marlon Green

    South Africa

    Independent Consultant at Vizre

    Linkedin
  • Mélio Tinga

    Mélio Tinga

    Mozambique

    Editor at Revista DEZAINE

    Linkedin
  • Michel Cordani

    Michel Cordani

    Mauritius

    Managing Director at Dinacor Consulting

    Linkedin
  • Misael Buliani

    Misael Buliani

    Malawi

    Social Innovator at Chiponde Business Group

    Linkedin
  • Mohau Mannathoko

    Mohau Mannathoko

    Botswana

    Managing Director at Industry Media

    Linkedin
  • Mordecai Ndlovu

    Mordecai Ndlovu

    South Africa

    Business Development Manager

    Linkedin
  • Moroa Kobeli

    Moroa Kobeli

    South Africa

    Founder and Director- The Vaal Leadership Academy

    Linkedin
  • Motebang Senaoana

    Motebang Senaoana

    Lesotho

    Co-Founder of Osmium Brand Management

  • Musheke Kakuwa

    Musheke Kakuwa

    Zambia
  • Nicky Verd

    Nicky Verd

    South Africa

    Author, KickAss Blogger, Tech enthusiast, Speaker and Writer

    Linkedin
  • Nico Phooko

    Nico Phooko

    South Africa

    Owner Art Ya Phooko

    Linkedin
  • Nicolas Goldstein

    Nicolas Goldstein

    Mauritius

    Co-founder Talenteum Africa

    Linkedin
  • Nicolette Buliani

    Nicolette Buliani

    South Africa
    Linkedin
  • Nina Heir

    Nina Heir

    Norway

    Program Manager at Katapult Accelerator

    Linkedin
  • Nomalanga Sitole

    Nomalanga Sitole

    South Africa

    Communicator and Social Entrepreneur

  • Palesa Kambule

    Palesa Kambule

    South Africa

    Deputy President for Soweto business forum

  • Paseka Ramokoatsi

    Paseka Ramokoatsi

    Lesotho

    Training consultant in SIYB/WED

  • Primrose Mimi Modimakwane

    Primrose Mimi Modimakwane

    Botswana

    Co-founder and Managing Partner of 750ml

  • Remy Gakwaya

    Remy Gakwaya

    Malawi

    Founder and CEO of takenoLAB

  • Riveltd Rakotomanan

    Riveltd Rakotomanan

    Madagascar

    Directeur exécutif chez Le Centre d'Excellence en Entrepreneuriat (Le CEENTRE)

    Linkedin
  • Rosaria Mukelabai

    Rosaria Mukelabai

    Zambia
  • Sahar Mohy-Ud-Din

    Sahar Mohy-Ud-Din

    Botswana

    Managing Director at RADAF (Research and Development Africa)

    Linkedin
  • Salima Sikutwa

    Salima Sikutwa

    Zambia

    CEO of Andela Holdings Limited

    Linkedin
  • Samira Moumini

    Samira Moumini

    Madagascar

    Community Manager at 3 Ladies Pirates

    Linkedin
  • Siraaj Adams

    Siraaj Adams

    South Africa

    Founder of Digitalhealth

  • Snelisiwe Hlongwane

    Snelisiwe Hlongwane

    South Africa
  • Spencer Jr Nundwe

    Spencer Jr Nundwe

    Malawi

    Founder of JobFlex

    Linkedin
  • Stephan Horvath

    Stephan Horvath

    United Arab Emirates

    Partner at BurjFinancial

    Linkedin
  • Tebatso Godwin

    Tebatso Godwin

    Botswana
  • Tebogo

    Tebogo "Tebby" Modisagape

    Botswana

    Co-Founder of Nest Hubs

    Linkedin
  • Tendai Mazduhe

    Tendai Mazduhe

    South Africa, Zimbabwe

    Consultant at World Bank Group

    Linkedin
  • Thobani Banda

    Thobani Banda

    South Africa

    Founder Pivotalgrowth

    Linkedin
  • Tim Wucher

    Tim Wucher

    Namibia

    CTO at Ortho Future Technologies

    Linkedin
  • Tokombe Onoya Cedrick

    Tokombe Onoya Cedrick

    Democratic Republic of Congo

    Entrepreneur

  • Towela Phiri

    Towela Phiri

    Zambia

    Director at Kwita Marketing

    Linkedin
  • Tumelo Mapila

    Tumelo Mapila

    Botswana, Mauritius, Namibia, South Africa

    CEO and Founder of Focus Surveys

    Linkedin
  • Vickram Bissonauth

    Vickram Bissonauth

    Mauritius
  • Vinay Dharampall

    Vinay Dharampall

    South Africa
  • Vola Elodie

    Vola Elodie

    Madagascar

    CEO at 100startups.com

  • Xabiso Lombo

    Xabiso Lombo

    South Africa

    CEO & Co Founder at Guardian Gabriel

    Linkedin
  • Xolani Mdoda

    Xolani Mdoda

    South Africa

    Philanthropist and Custodian of Investment in Africa.

    Linkedin
  • Sahaza Marline

    Sahaza Marline

    Madagascar

    President of STEM4Good

    Linkedin

Regional Winners

  • Startup of the Year

    Startup of the Year

    Lula

    Description

    Lula (SA) is a mobility startup that connects corporate commuters to private shuttles on their way to work, saving them money and freeing up their time.

  • Best Startup Ecosystem Initiative

    Best Startup Ecosystem Initiative

    GrowthWheel

    Description

    GrowthWheel (SA) is a visual toolbox and online platform used by business advisors, incubators, and entrepreneurship educators to help businesses make decisions and take action.

  • Best Coworking Space

    Best Coworking Space

    Workshop 17

    Description

    Workshop 17 (SA) is a company that offers co-working office space.

  • Best FinTech Startup

    Best FinTech Startup

    Mama Money

    Description

    Mama Money (SA) is a safe, low-cost and convenient international money transfer operator.

  • Best FashionTech Startup

    Best FashionTech Startup

    Zabantu

    Description

    Zabantu (SA) is an online fashion store built for local fashion creatives and street vendors.

  • Best EduTech Startup

    Best EduTech Startup

    Why Toyz

    Description

    Why Toyz (SA) provides high-quality curated educational content for kids aged three to seven that can be 3D printed at home.

  • Best HealthTech Startup

    Best HealthTech Startup

    Appy Saúde

    Description

    Appy Saúde (Angola) is a mobile app and web portal that strives to provide useful health information to users in Angola and is the largest health database in the country.

  • Best Food/AgriTech Startup

    Best Food/AgriTech Startup

    YouFarm

    Description

    YouFarm (Zimbabwe) provides farmers with access to collateral-free finance by getting people to invest in crops and livestock and share the profits when the produce goes to market.

  • Best Water Crisis Management Solution

    Best Water Crisis Management Solution

    Lige

    Description

    Lige (SA) produces pure, clean water from the air.

  • Best Student Startup

    Best Student Startup

    Roomscout

    Description

    Roomscout (Mauritius), the first student-centered hospitality company based on the island.

  • Best Social Impact Startup

    Best Social Impact Startup

    Toolboksi

    Description

    Toolboksi (Tanzania) is an online platform that partners with Tanzanian artisans and fundis to showcase and promote their products, services, and talents.

  • Female Role Model of the Year in Tech

    Female Role Model of the Year in Tech

    Lynette Hundermark

    Description

    Lynette Hundermark (SA) is an established industry expert in the digital and mobile space.

  • Brave Founder of the Year

    Brave Founder of the Year

    Joseph Rutakangwa

    Description

    Joseph Rutakangwa (Mauritius) is the founder of Rwazi which provides retail companies with real-time data on the availability, visibility and pricing of their products compared to those of their competitors.

  • Investor of the Year

    Investor of the Year

    Kalon Venture Partners

    Description

    Kalon Venture Partners (SA) is a Johannesburg-based venture capital firm investing in disruptive digital technologies.

  • Best Newcomer

    Best Newcomer

    Momsays

    Description

    Momsays (South Africa) is a platform created for moms to voice their opinions and review products.

  • Best Media Partner

    Best Media Partner

    The Loudhailer

    Description

    The Loudhailer (SA) communications agency specialising in supporting businesses with social, economic and environmental impact goals.

  • Best Accelerator or Incubator Program

    Best Accelerator or Incubator Program

    Dololo Operations (Pty) Ltd

    Description

    Dololo (Namibia) enables organizations and leaders to connect with the next generation of change-makers to better cater to the millennial market, both internally for their employees and externally for customers.

  • People’s Choice

    People’s Choice

    MUVA´titude

    Description

    Muva (Mozambique) is a social incubator focused on expanding innovative approaches to female economic empowerment.

  • Founder of the Year

    Founder of the Year

    Chiinga Musonda and Lynn Musonda Phiri
    Website

    Description

    are the co-founders of Savanna Premium Chocolate which they created with the aim of challenging the narrative that premium chocolates are made in Western countries.

National Finalists

National Winners