There were 10 start-ups pitching and this video is a selection of five of them. The winner was Kaveto Tjatjara, World View for his waterless toilet. He’s interviewed separately on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KaEJB The f…ive pitches in this clip are: Pebl (a low-cost computing device); Green Team (a water filtration product); Braaitime (a meat sales site); Glowdom (teaching code); and Proquest (online medical advice).
Kaveto Tjatjara, CEO and Co-Founder, Worldview Investments talks about: the challenge of providing toilets in his country; how the idea for the watereless toilet came about; how it works; the prototype and the piloting; and how he feels about going to Slush as the Pitch Night winner.
Shola Adekoya, Konga.com talks about: the changes in the market since Konga launched; the number of current total users and active users; Konga’s top 3 selling items; the launch of the Konga Daily service; and future expansion plans.
Keke Lebaka, Group Social Media Strategist and Content Manager, Promasidor talks about: what Promasidor does and where it operates; why it started shifting to using social media; its different strategies for different countries; what social media is most effective; and what proportion of its budget it spends on social media.
Sara Gamay, Cairo Angels talks about: the founding of Cairo Angels and why it happened; some examples of the start-ups they have invested in; the scale of investment; how they assess start-ups; one of the key incubators in Cairo; the exits that have happened; and future opportunities.
Veronica Ogeto-Tchoketch, Head of Innovation, Safaricom talks about: how Safaricom views innovation, internally and externally; the investments made by its Spark Fund; its opening of an innovation space in August/September 2017; and the attitude of the telco to things like revenue share.
Uchay Ariolu, founder and CEO, Foodstantly talks about: how its online marketplace for food in Nigeria works; the numbers of buyers and sellers on the platform; the kind of food sold and the ready-made meals that are popular; its expansion plans; the business model; and how the business was financed.
Sarah Jane Nicholson, SJN talks about: what SJN does; what the artist manager helps artists do; her work with Micasa and their creative collaborations with Sauti Sol and Eddie Kenzo; the ringback tones sales for Micasa’s last single; digital platforms and the success of Early Hours’ single on Sound Cloud; and which artist not on her label that she finds exciting.
Jessica Colaco, Co-Founder, Brave Venture Labs talks about: the state of Big Data in Africa; the number of data scientist-related jobs advertised in Africa; how Brave Venture Academy will address the shortage of data scientists in Africa; its expansion plans; and its capital fundraising.
Yannick Lefang, Kasi Insights talks about: how big Africa’s middle class is and the best way to measure it; what creates a willingness to pay by African consumers; his study on mobile apps and what it shows; and the urban sample of his market research surveys.
Jessica Hope, Wimbart talks about: the reasons start-ups need to get media publicity, including for investment purposes; what about an African start-up might be a story in media terms; what journalists don’t always find interesting; why you might need to be in the international press; mistakes that people make; the So What? factor; and the link between coverage and the substance of the business.
Kofi Dadzie, Rancard Solutions on how its Social Graph Rendezvous provides engagement marketing
Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, CEO, Wecyclers alks about: how the idea for business started in an MIT class; how the service works; the incentives people receive to recycle; how it works financially for this social enterprise; and her ambitions for the business.
Chika Nwobi, founder, L5 Labs talks about: the size and number of investments he has made in Nigerian start-ups; the levels of profitability of companies in his portfolio; the three lessons from his seed investing and why he’s stopping; and the potential for start-up companies in Nigeria.
Luisa Mazinter, Group Chief Innovation Officer, Mortimer Harvey talks about: what Mortimer Harvey does across Africa; the impact of digital on its own business and the African advertising business more generally; how it uses branded content; and how digital data is more powerful than market research.