Organisers of one of Africa’s major startup events, DEMO Africa, have released the list of entrepreneurs who will get the chance to pitch at this year’s event which takes place on the 24th and 25th September in Nigeria’s commercial capital city of Lagos.
The list is dominated by companies from the West African region. Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon and Ivory Coast (which is making its debut this year) are all represented at the continent-wide event.
For the second year in a row Nigeria is the country with the largest number of participants, with a total of eight pitching this year. They are Mavis Computel Limited, OgaVenue, Talking Bookz, Carparts Nigeria Automobile Ltd, Zuvaa, SmarrtEdu, PoshRite, and iKon Tracker.
On the overall list, Nigeria is followed by Kenya with six firms. South Africa is third with three representatives while Ghana, Egypt, Cameroon and Zimbabwe each have two. Uganda, Tanzania and new comer, Ivory Coast, will each be represented by one start-up. The presence of Ivory Coast on the list of giants, organizers said, is a strong signal that more African nations are warming up to the ability of the continent to craft her own solutions to various needs.
The highest represented category on the 2015 list is Finance and Banking with 8 products. Other popular categories include Education, Transport and Logistics, Retail, Communication and Media and entertainment.
It would interesting to see how the startups from the various West African countries would perform at the grand stage where new companies are launched an existing ones attempt to form new partners and raise new funds.
This year, organizers said DEMO Africa introduces knowledge streams to delve into critical topics including Business Modelling, Scaling Businesses, Creating an unfair advantage, and Raising Capital. Top industry players including Jorn Lyseggen-MEST Founder, Harry Tomi Davies-ABAN President, Folabi Esan-Partner, Adlevo Capital, Jason Njoku-IROKO TV CEO among others will lead the discussion.
Other notable activities at the 2015 DEMO Africa event include an investor roundtable forum and the [email protected] Summit with the uptake of Africa generated technology being expected to dominate the conversations.[Image – Demo Africa]