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Its time to launch your product. But where? Choosing the right platform to make your products first public appearance is critical. DEMO Africa sets itself apart from all other launch options. DEMO's track record of success, scholarship opportunities, turnkey services and exposure to the entire tech ecosystem of VCs, investors, IT buyers and the global IT press make DEMO the premier launch option.
Top reasons why you should launch at DEMO Africa
Showcase sponsorship at international DEMO Africa event:
DEMO's international launch events will take place in United States, Singapore, China and Brazil. As part of your demostrator package, you are invited to any of these events.
To be eligible to launch on the DEMO Africa stage applicants MUST have a working product (Not an idea) ready for market and the product must:
Products that are not eligible include:
Launch categories for DEMO Africa 2014:
To align products with industry verticals, the categories have been revised to reflect the industry verticals they fall in. The new categories are now listed below.
To submit a launch profile at DEMO Africa, user must have "Entrepreneur profile". A Demo launch submission will follow below steps:
InstaCare enables 24/7 availability & access to quality healthcare everywhere for the over 80% of Nigerians, especially women and children.
InstaCare makes access to healthcare services as easy as visiting ATM by enabling real-time verification and authentication of beneficiary’s health insurance subscription and, reconciliation/settlement of bills and invoices between health management organizations and healthcare providers
The Pearl Dream Inc is the parent company for our three brands focused on authentic African experiences.
-DreamAfrica: The World's Largest Digital Collection of African Stories for Kids accessed on our mobile app with illustrated eBooks, animations, voice-overs and games/quizzes.
-DreamStore: eCommerce retail site for animation inspired items with profits donated to Kids initiatives.
-DreamTravel BETA: Website for authentic African tours and events as a partnership with leading travel and tourism entities.
Telecosys is offering VeriSure, an automated real-time software solution for revenue leakage problem at Telecom operators.
Revenue leakage occurs when Telecom operator is not getting the charge for the services they have already delivered. Revenue leakage problem causes a $23 billion annual loss for the Telecom industry.
VeriSure directly integrates with Telecom operator’s different IT/Network platforms to automatically detect, report, and fix revenue leakage problems in a real-time manner.
Mobile-Web enabled marketplace for Farm Produce/Food Stuffs and for Restaurant Discovery/ Food Ordering. It creates a system for Farmers, Traders and Restaurants to connect sell and deliver Food directly to Consumers.
The What’sIn mobile application service enables consumers with allergies to instantly find relevant product information when scanning a Universal Product Code to avoid allergic reactions. We are specializing in providing consumers with easier, smarter, and safer shopping experience
music streaming service , compatible with feature phone. On-demand by SMS. Without Internet Connection
Description : music streaming service , compatible with feature phone. On-demand by SMS. Without Internet Connection
CONNECT FINANCE is a Financial and CRM software designed for Small and Medium Enterprises. It allows companies to track their finances, create Invoices, Quotations, Sales Orders, Way Bills, and Payments etc. It also helps companies track their inventory levels in all their locations. Company expenditures and budgeting is a breeze.
Medical Information Management System, otherwise called Medics, is a web based application package to computerize any small or large scale hospital, while putting into consideration the complexities involved in the medical industry.
PaySail is the easiest way for businesses and accountants to run payroll and for employees to get paid. Unlike any other product on the market, PaySail also files tax and social security, and has payment integration with local banks and Mobile Money.
Matibabu is a Phone Application for early, non-invasive malaria diagnosis with a phone and a custom piece of hardware (Matiscope).
Chura is swahili name for a frog. Chura for us signifies transition in leaping from one mobile network to another. Chura allows interoperability between different mobile networks in a multi-SIM environment. We are able to do this using 4 services namely:-
1. Switch Airtime-Transfer airtime across networks.
2. Buy Airtime-Buy Airtime from any network using any mobile money service.
3. Airtime for Cash-Convert your airtime to mobile money.
4. Bulk Airtime-Send airtime to multiple phone numbers at the click of a button.
Cribpark is an online platform which provides people with localized information on housing, a catalogue of home designs, and a shop to buy home items.
Our website (www.cribpark.com) offers three major features:
A blog where users can access a wide variety of information on all areas of housing (DIY, design & construction, lifestyle, environment, etc.) relevant for their everyday as well as project-related decision making;
A catalogue and professional community from which they get plans and design inspiration for their architectural, interior, landscaping, and construction projects;
A web shop through which users can purchase home and housing items, appliances, tools and services
Valuraha is a simulation of the local investment market to be used for learning about investment options. Mission: Organize and connect you to Africa’s Investment Options
SpacePointe is focused on helping African Small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) increase their bottom line revenue in their Offline and Online market channels by adopting the following Strategy:
Feedbackplus is a web and mobile application which enables customers to give feedback to their desired organizations either ‘on the spot’ while they are having their experiences or later at their conveniences, and provides organizations with a dashboard where they receive, respond to, and resolve various feedback issues, as well as access reports and feedback analytics for business decisions.
A game concept that uses images to teach English lessons via mobile devices. It an interesting way of learning English via eye catching images. Images that describe a scene stimulate lasting impression in the minds and hearts of the players. From simply too difficult, the player will have to look at the scene picture and choose English words that best describe the picture.
We build an app called Menya (meaning ‘knowledge’ in Kinyarwanda) that crowd-sources language recordings from its users to deliver a searchable platform of educational lessons on an unlimited range of languages in Africa. Menya is a bit like YouTube but for language learning games instead of videos. So users can search for and play lessons on a given language but users can also submit and contribute their own lessons to the community
VOTO amplifies the voice of the under-heard. Our mobile phone notification and survey platform removes the barriers to insightful mobile communication between citizens worldwide and the organizations that serve them.
VOTO is a web-based platform that helps partners distribute and collect information by engaging difficult-to-reach populations through their mobile phones. We specialize in interactive SMS and voice calls (including IVR) in local languages, instantly reaching across distance, language, and literacy barriers. VOTO also has an API to power existing mobile service providers.
Online Hisab is a cloud-based accounting package for Ethiopian SMEs, who are looking for an affordable and easy to use accounting solution. It enhances and facilitates the SME’s financial management. Online Hisab recognizes SMEs resource limitation, lack of computer proficiency and accounting skills Tailored to the Ethiopian market with accessible accounting terminology ,iteratively daptable,available on all devices.
Mobile jobs (Mjobs) is an end to end recruitment application taking the power of web and SMS technology and solving the problems faced by workers in finding new jobs and their employers locating suitable employees.
BrainShare is a mobile and Web academic application that enables easy student collaboration and sharing of notes, pastpapers, and ebooks .
Students can use BrainShare to easily access class notes, pastpapers, ebooks and also hold discussions with fellow students or with teachers. It is a free signup service that offers mobile and e-learning in the comfort of the students' couch/room. BrainShare has a USSD/SMS component that is very handy during times of poor or no internet connectivity.
GMobile is GTN brand of Mobile VoIP Apps used to access our telecommunication network. As mentioned above, GMobile is the access segment of a larger telecom infrastructure we have built over years.
We own and operate two state-of-arts class 4 and class 5 telecommunication switches. On each switch we have an end user secure ecommerce interface or portal. www.geonetphone.com is the portal to class 5 soft switch that runs GMobile, while www.geoneusa.com is the portal to class 4 soft switch.
Chamasoft is a simple to use web and mobile application.
Chamasoft is a simple to use web and mobile application that enables chamas(investments groups ) to manage all their communications with regard to investment while promoting transparency.
OTGPlaya is a unique patented platform to bring digital media and online access to areas with broadband access challenge without investing in expensive last mile infrastructure.
Our business model focuses on using this platform in entertainment media distribution and education content dissemination in classroom environments. Our products include OTGPlaya Storm Kiosk, OTGPlaya Lightening, OTGPlaya Genie Tablets and OTGPlaya Software Application Suites.
Gmaven Vis can be used by any organisation’s decision-makers. It a user-friendly business intelligence tool set that can analyse, visualise and master both Excel and geospatial data, giving you the competitive edge.
The data component is underpinned by a shopping cart of transparently-priced, immediately available, quality-endorsed commercially relevant data points. This piece delivers the 4 Ps of geo data:
The software layer empowers users to evaluate their own data both internally, and against the above public data
ViViFi technology introduces a new smart, safe, healthy electric switches that can be used anywhere. Its waterproof switch so there are no constrains on the place where the switches will be used, no fear from short circuits or electric shocks, it's simply behind walls!
1- Electrical Switches:
ViViFi technology introduces a new smart, safe, healthy electric switches that can be used anywhere. Its waterproof switch so there are no constrains on the place where the switches will be used, no fear from short circuits or electric shocks, it's simply behind walls! By using touch sticker technology, multiple switch applications can be used at once, e.g. tuning light on and off, increasing or decreasing light intensity by slide touch, controlling smart home solutions including all devices and applications.Such an innovation has the extreme advantage of being hygiene, anti-bacterial that it can be washed and sanitized easily. It does not require any fixation or mounting on the wall except for a simple drawing or engraved shape, and thus it would be highly beneficial to use it in hospitals and homes.
In contrast with normal switches, our innovated switches contain no high voltage devices, which increases its safety to the maximum. They can be easily washed by water or any other liquids very easily. When those switches are used, there will be no unreachable parts to wash and no bacterial environment will exist accordingly.
One of the most outstanding features of our highly innovative switches, is its multitasking nature, meaning that you can perform multiple tasks using a single circuit- single switch; e.g. turning on/off the light, controlling light intensity, turning air conditioner on/off and controlling its temperature using only a single switch! Glowing feature is also one feature that differentiates those switches from normal ones. The glowing feature allows users to easily allocate the switches in dark areas. Adding our touch switch will add many features better than normal electric switches.
Our technology introduces a new smart, safe, hygienic electric switches that can be used anywhere an electric switches is needed, its waterproof switch so there are no constrains on the place where the switches will be used (Bathrooms, Kitchens, Chemical labs, etc,) no fear from short circuits or electric shocks, it's simply behind the walls! The Vivifi product is very safe, as it is installed behind the wall, making it completely unaffected by shocks and with the possibility of water reaching it with time is very low compared to available products.
Designs of available switches have so much details, which make them harder to clean, leading to dirt and bacteria forming on them - and this can be mostly observed in public places. The product of our project isآ extremely hygienic, the surface is flat, and hence is easy to clean, as all the electronic circuits are in the wall without any complex casing out of the wall ,So the possibility of dirt and bacteria forming on it is very low asآ there are no longer unreachable areas to clean.
Our switch have a very long lifetime compared to other switches because of the absence of mechanical switches which have shorter life time due two mechanical fraction , and it can be damaged by water or even by anyآ hard shock on the mechanical switch . On the other hand our switches are waterproof, no mechanical fraction, Hard Shock resistibility.
Companies manufacture electric switches in many shapes trying to make them fit with various interior designs, yet they do not manufacture different shapes based on the requirements of a specific interior design. They also manufacture switches that have only one function such as turning the lights on, and the user cannot change their shapes or functions. The Vivifi product can be reshaped to go with various interior designs, as it can be installed behind tiles, wood, glass, or any metallic material used in decoration. Also, its shape can be designed as per the designer's needs, such as having it in the form of a lit snowflake on the wall. My company also offers designers the option of determining the switch's function, for example having it control the light's intensity.
Glowing feature can be used to easily allocate the switches in dark rooms unlike normal switch which is hard to allocate in dark areas. Our stickers will glow in dark areas so you don't need to search for the switch in the dark, it founds your finger!!
According to previous industrial feasibility this will lead to a great economic feasibility. Adding a new touch feature to normal electric switch will greatly increase its sales compared to normal electric switches, as the new switch will be very interactive, easy to use, easy to locate, washable all these above feature will make the touch switch number one in sales compared to other electric switches. The touch switch will not contain any mechanical parts so the cost will be decreased, it will not contain any exposed parts so it's very safe with no fear from electric shock. Not only the touch switch will have all these features but also with lower price so it will combine adding a new features with lowering the cost , which will increase company's income significantly .
2- Advertising Panels:
One of the amazing applications of such an invention is the advertising stickers. Touch sticker technology can be applied on all advertising indoor screens turning audiences' experience from the traditional passive experience into a funny interactive one. Users can explore all design aspects of any advertised products through animations using only a simple screen on which a transparent touch sticker is fixed. One of our main feature is the custom design of the touch advertising tools so you can design your own touch Mannequin to advertise the clothes or you can do it with any shape of your mind. Product lines, price of each product, options and characteristics of each product can be interactively explored by users in a highly attractive way using this innovation.
According to previous features, interactive advertising is the future of the advertising where no need to get the costumer to see your advertise, instead the user will be very excited while exploring your products or using your advertising tools. So advertising tools sales will increase significantly due to the combination the new technology with advertising business which produces a new era in interactive advertising.
3- Touch Menus:
By using touch sticker technology, restaurants will never be the same. Clients will no longer need waiters to order their desired meals. Only smart menus fixed on the wall or drawn papers on the tables will do the job. Just by touching the drawing of the desired meal, customers can order for themselves with no waste of time or catering. Fast food will get much faster than ever and automation will be the main feature of future restaurants.
According to above features the restaurants will have no queues the costumers will reduce the wait time accordingly the costumers served by unit time will increased compared to other restaurants which have no just system attached. So as the numbers of costumers served by unit time increase the total income will increase and you can save a waiter. So the sales with such new modern system will be increased significantly.
4- ViViFi Integrated Circuits:
Touch controllers are semiconductor integrated circuits used to sense and condition position data from touch screens. Touch controllers market is a subset of the touch-screen market which is currently witnessing high growth. Historically, touch screens have been used in industrial equipment, kiosks, and other non-consumer products. In the past few years touch screens have rapidly been penetrating areas such as mobile phones, portable navigation devices, gaming, and other applications. Indeed, the advent of the Apple iPhone in 2007 and Apple iPad in 2010 has resulted in a seismic increase in the touch controller business. Spurred by the success of Apple's iPhone and iPad, shipments of touch screen displays in devices like smartphones and media tablets are booming, causing the market for touch controller integrated circuits (ICs) to almost triple in size within five short years. vivifi business model for the first three years involves the designing and licensing of Intellectual Property (IP) rather than the manufacturing and selling of actual semiconductor chips (i.e. fabless company model). We license IP to a network of customers, which includes the semiconductor integrated device manufacturers (IDM) and original equipment manufacturers (OEM). Those customers utilize Vivifi IP designs to create and manufacture system-on-chip designs, paying Vivifi a license fee for the original IP and a royalty on every chip or wafer produced.
Obami (www.obami.com) is a social learning network that connects everyone within the education space – from teachers, learners and parents, to trainers and mentors as well as business management, NGO’s and government.
Along with social media tools – like blogs, chat, newsfeeds and more - the platform allows for the creating and sharing of educational resources, while providing a powerful assessment module to improve learner participation and performance. Obami is accessible via both web and mobile and is already being used by hundreds of primary and secondary schools (city, township and rural based) across Southern Africa, as well as Europe and the United States. It is helping more than 30,000 educators, young people and their parents to connect, create, share and learn – all from within an incredibly secure and easily managed, learning environment. Obami has been recognised as one the most innovative technologies in the world by UNESCO, Netexplo, Deloitte, Air-France and partners. It has also been identified as one of the top 20 start-ups in Africa by Forbes.
Introducing the social gaming network for mobile phones.
Jooist powers the best free social games on your mobile phone. With links to hundreds of players in the world, jooist connects you to huge community of mobile gamers that circles the world.
DUMA is a social job matching service for emerging markets. We give job seekers and employers an accessible and reliable network through which to connect based on social contacts, location, job skills and hiring criteria.
When an employer has a job opportunity, he can call DUMA, send an SMS, or post online with his job criteria. DUMA’s software then automatically runs a database search for job seekers who best fit the position based upon their skills and work experience, reviews by other employers, geographic proximity, and social network connections. The top matches are notified via SMS about the job opportunity.
Upon job completion, both employee and employer have the opportunity to rate each other and the job experience. This creates accountability for both employees and employers so they perform to their best abilities. It also creates a record of DUMA user performance, which can be leveraged to improve job matches over time. DUMA focuses mainly on entry-level and short-term positions all around Kenya. To date, we have over 3,000 workers in our database and have matched over 1,600 people to job opportunities in Nakuru, Kisumu, Kisii, Mombasa, Nairobi, and Eldoret.
SSTREAMM provides a full end-to-end service to clients that includes both live events and video on demand (VOD) material.
We have camera crews, editing capability, live broadcast crews and content creation teams that are vastly experienced in creating rich user experiences in the mobile space. Our offering is a unique combination of content aggregation and creation, consulting on monetization, distribution and packaging around this content and the ability to technically distribute this content to your audience across Africa on most mobile devices
GoMetro is a city transport app on multiple mobile channels designed specifically for emerging city regions. It pushes hyper-local personalized information to a commuter for all his transport choices in an area, using multiple sources of data, depending on what is available from local authorities. Where data is not available directly from a city (which is often the case), GoMetro creates data-streams through its own proprietary methods to ensure commuters have adequate information for trip-making decisions.
Using this core of data, GoMetro is able to deliver tailored services to commuters, such as triggering an automated email to a user’s employer/teacher/lecturer when they are delayed beyond a reasonable arrival time. The back-end dashboard is built for transit agencies to deliver focused messaging to market segments defined in a user’s profile, as well as an analytics dashboard for transport planning purposes. Brands are able to push relevant advertising and deals to users based on their demographic and location information
Dream Mobile is a low-cost smartphone manufacturer focused on solving three problems.
The cost of smartphones, the high-cost of data, and the lack of easily accessible African content. Effectively it’s a cheaper, more effective and relevant device for the African Market.
Riding on the crest of the positive developments around South Africa’s role in the BRICS trade bloc, South African Trade Promotions have developed the BRICS Africa Trade Centre at www.bricsatc.com as an online business networking, communications and e commerce enabled trade platform.
The platform is driven by trade exhibitions and events and gives event Organisers the ability to promote and extend their events virtually.
The entire Service is a single integrated database.
BRICSATC.com offers loads of free value for Companies. This includes the opportunity to profile and index their Company to international classification conformity - United Nations International Standard for Industry Classification (ISIC), to complete free product catalogues and index products to International conformity – United Nations Central Product Classification (CPC) and to sell products through the Trade Centre.
Networkers enjoy a free social media-styled BUSINESS networking service. They can invite business relationships as Employer, Fellow Employees, Clients, Biz Social and Friends. This presents a viral component in and for each of the five BRICS nations. Networkers can engage one another, visit events and communicate with virtual exhibitors. They can also access chat rooms and make secure WebRTC-enabled peer to peer video calls.
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Save & Buy (S&B) is a web and mobile platform that enables the Nigerian consumer to save towards items they desire in an easy to use, fun and safe environment.
Additional product features include; group saving with friends and family, instant alerts and notifications as well as dynamic dashboards for merchants and customers. The S&B platform also integrates a loyalty program allowing savers to earn points and purchase virtual goods such as airtime and savers benefit from product discounts and consumer loans. Our ecommerce widget enables online retailers to give their shoppers the option of saving towards a product, rather than purchasing it outright. At the end of the period, shoppers receive their item at a discounted price for saving with Save & Buy.
M-Duka is a mobile payments and POS solutions platform that enables users to purchase or retail various online products on the web, mobile or via any M-Duka activated POS.
Products include Airtime, Internet bundles, Pay-tv subscriptions, Tickets and Utilities.
ChamaPesa is an Application for Android phones that enables social savings groups and individuals to keep accounting for payments and shares.
The app enables members to fund their savings account at any time using MPESA. The app also allows financial institutions to offer their products to social savings groups.
Teranga Hospitality Solutions is a suite of software and mobile applications for hospitality professionals designed with two things in mind : Help hospitality professionals increase their revenues by running operations more efficiently and give guests an unprecedented hotel experience.
The suite has 5 components that can be deployed all together or separately:
Teranga Mobile, the hotel’s IOS and Android mobile apps.
Zehoo centralizes a user's documents from a multitude of sources making them searchable, viewable and shareable from your smartphone. Zehoo enables users to maximize their online experience by seamlessly integrating document content into their established online routine where their documents are neatly organized and readily viewable to simply store and file on the cloud and use in ways not previously possible.
The emergence of cloud storage platforms has radically grown over the last 10 years with products such as Gmail, Dropbox and others. What we didn’t expect was the clutter that would emerge as a result of having multiple storage services. With every cloud service offering limited free space, consumers landed up with their private and confidential documents in different locations. Consumers often have to jump between services, logging in and out of each account whilst trying to find specific documents. Zehoo is the next step in cloud productivity and innovation. What it does is simple: it grabs all user documents from the various cloud locations and pulls them through into a single and unified document inbox. Zehoo is a mobile application as well as a web application. This enables registered users to configure, view, edit and organize their documents in the office as well as while they are on the road.
Zehoo is a free consumer app that anyone can register for, which enables private company documents to be viewed, edited and shared by closed communities (with enhanced security). The enterprise version is currently in development applicable to the corporate world, with the emergence of decentralized offices and collaborative operational methodologies. The app is available on the Android Google Play store.The app makes special use of fax to mail technology and has developed strategic partnerships with some of the biggest license holders in Africa and Asia.The app creates a single Universal Document Inbox by grabbing and aggregating all documents stored in the cloud, as well as mail attachments (sent and received) into 1 APP with 1 LOGIN and 1 USER EXPERIENCE: Zehoo.
The core component of Zehoo is that all document images, prior to being received by the user, are subject to OCR, which renders the document useful to the user in being able to search within content and editing un-editable documents and also to be able to offer contextual advertising to generate revenue as well as analytics. Users can store documents in mail attachments, on cloud storage services known as Public Cloud and on personal computers and networks, known as the Private Cloud. Zehoo solves the problem of a user having documents stored across all these platforms by simplifying document management from one application.
Zehoo enables users to manage and organize all storage items from within the app. Documents can be viewed, renamed and folders can be created. Documents can now be shared as links via social media as well as by mail attachments. OCR enables text editing of imaged documents as well as the ability to search for documents across all storage platforms simultaneously using document name as well as keyword of document content. A unique Fax to Mail number is allocated which enables the user to fax physical documents directly into the app. Documents can also be emailed directly to the app as well as uploading of camera images of documents.
UBONGO creates engaging and locally relevant digital content for learners in Africa. We leverage the power of entertainment, the reach of mass media, and the connectivity provided by mobile devices to deliver high-quality learning and edutainment to students at the bottom of the pyramid.
Our first product Bunga Bongo TV is an innovative African children’s cartoon that teaches math through stories and allows learners to interact live using basic mobile phones. Bunga Bongo Radio will teach English language skills through interactive radio, and follow on mobile games and apps featuring Bunga Bongo’s cast of relatable characters will complete the learning package.
Able Wireless is an On-Demand Streaming service as well as a Wireless Service Provider.
We deliver entertainment content, educational content, live content as well as well as unlimited access to broadband Internet.
The DEMO Africa Scholarship Partner Program, available to companies that are selected to launch at the DEMO Africa conference, will feature a total of 10 full scholarships, 10 partial scholarships and 10 full scholarships for the Alpha Pitch for college students. The Scholarships are only made available on a case by case basis and availability of funds.
To qualify for a scholarship, a startup must:
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Being part of the "Class of 2012" in the inaugural Demo Africa Challenge was quite an honour for us. I never knew that we could successfully pitch the iPay product in under 6 minutes!
We are already talking to potential investors and this is a significant milestone for us. We have already closed some deals with other participants from other parts of Africa at Demo Africa 2012! The press also received our product very well. It was great to get all the attention. As far as we are concerned, the only way for iPay now is up! up! up!
I was privileged to present Mobiflock at the inaugural DEMO Africa event in Nairobi, Kenya. The event was a whirlwind of inspiration, constructive feedback, endorsement and meeting face-to-face with some of the leading minds on the continent. The format is cleverly worked out to keep even the most attention deficit entrepreneur gripped, and there is ample time for networking, getting to know fellow demonstrators and meeting other stakeholders. I left clutching a valuable pile of business cards, feeling delighted with the exposure Mobiflock had received.
For us at mPawa DEMO has brought us more than Investment. Even though we are yet to close a full round of funding estimated at about $280K, we have had the privilege of closing a partnership deal that was valued at $55,000.00 to access a market value of over $5m in Kenya alone. This is the most significant and direct impact we have had being at DEMO in 2012. Others are media reach and marketing which we valued at over $25,000 over the last 10 months.
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