Established by The Duke of York, [email protected] offers tech entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch in front of a global audience of influencers who can support and take their businesses to the next level.
In less than three years, [email protected] has helped over 247 businesses grow, with some now enjoying huge global success.
The Africa edition of the contest gives African entrepreneurs a stage to pitch to potential investors, mentors and CEOs. In 2015, 10 businesses were selected to take part in the contest.
This year’s edition saw the selection of 16 businesses for the contest. Following the bootcamp, where they received support and guidance in preparing their pitches and whatnot, and final pitch event last night, Uganda’s MamaOpe was named winner.
MamaOpe offers a much cheaper solution for the diagnosis (and continuous monitoring) of pneumonia. Its smart vest are specifically designed for children 0 to 5 years who are most prone to the disease.
In second place is Kenya’s Kuza Automotive, which has developed a kit for tuk-tuks to run on an electric driven train & provides battery swapping stations. It hopes to launch the device by Q4 2017.
Nigeria’s Tuteria, a peer-to-peer platform that connects students to tutors, placed third. Tuteria helps users connect with qualified private tutors, instructors, coaches and mentors in their community.