Kenyan startups dominate Sankalp Africa 2017 finalists

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Kenyan startups are dominating the list of finalists for the the Sankalp Africa 2017 Awards to be held tomorrow in Nairobi.

In the the list of top ten startups that will pitch to a network of over 1000 global investors 9 of them are from Kenya drawn from 300 ventures across East Africa with one from Rwanda.

The event organized by Intellecap saw majority of the applicants pitching agribusiness ideas followed by  financial technology and e-commerce.

Internet of Elephants

The ventures range from mechanisation hub for farmers AgriMech Africa; dairy genetics company Indicus; and agri-tech company iProcure – which uses business intelligence and data to support smallholder farmers.

Another is active in the wildlife conservation sector, Internet of Elephants, which employs GPS data on animals to engage audiences worldwide through games for conservation awareness.

Student Finance Africa and Popote Payments were shortlisted in the fintech space. The first provides tuition loans for higher education to students across Africa; while the latter enables digitises payments and accounting for businesses.

READ: 12 hottest African startups to watch in 2017

Soko Watch

Others in the mix Soko Watch, which is a distribution and e-commerce platform for consumer goods for companies;  AmTech – delivering customized software solutions to the agricultural, government, financial and hospitality sectors; and Ecozoom, which manufactures and distributes solar lighting systems and fuel efficient stoves.

Kasha Rwanda

The Rwandan finalist is Kasha Rwanda sells and delivers women’s health products, via a mobile platform.

READ: Nairobi is home to leading African startups

The Awards form part of the Sankalp Africa Summit being held at the Kenya School of Monetary studies on Thika Road Nairobi and is being hosted by Intellecap, from (February 23 – 24).

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