10 startups have been selected to pitch in front of an all-women panel and compete in the Nairobi edition of the Seedstars competition for a chance to represent the country at the regional and global Seedstars Summit in Switzerland.
The sixth edition of Seedstars Nairobi which will be a closed-door event will be held at Nailab on the 28th June 2019.
“It is a Seedstars first to have an all women judging panel. This is part of our efforts to increase women participation on all levels (mentors, experts, jury, startups). We are extremely excited to work with this jury panel on selecting the most promising startup in Nairobi and we believe that the closed door event format will allow us to ask some more sensitive and in-depth questions to the entrepreneurs.” Said Claudia Makadristo, Seedstars Regional Manager for Africa.
The winner will receive an all-inclusive trip to Switzerland, to compete at the Seedstars Summit for US$500,000 in equity investments, boot camps and investor forum in addition to the title of Seedstars Global Winner.
Here are the 10 startups that will pitch:
Ilara Health: Ilara Health makes common diagnostics accessible and affordable to the 500 million people in Africa who today struggle to access even basic blood tests.
Julla: Julla is a point of sale financing company that enables users to purchase items now and pay later.
Lentera: A technology startup focused on enabling farmers – both large scale and smallholders – customised solutions to adapt to climate change and increase their productivity by integrating data and analytics with practical crop science.
Nurse-In-Hand: Nurse-in-Hand partners with county governments to offer first responder and home-based care services to geriatrics and pregnant mothers in Kenya.
Pesabase: Pesabase is set of remittance, payment and banking solutions that leverage blockchain to provide financial simplification and inclusion in Africa.
Pezesha: Pezesha is a peer to peer micro-lending marketplace that connects lenders with high quality underserved low-income borrowers.
Shamba Records: Shamba Records is a distributed ledger that runs on Blockchain and uses big data and artificial intelligence to collect farm records and processes payments to farmers.
Smatbeba: Smatbeba has developed a cargo hailing application and web-interface that links cargo owners to delivery vehicles.
WorkPay: Workpay is an employee management and payment solution with features that include biometrics, automated salary payments to banks and mobile wallets.
Tanda: Tanda is a fintech startup working to revolutionize access to essential digital financial services for MSME’s across Africa. Through Tanda, micro-retailers can not only access inventory credit, but also become access points for essential services such as Airtime, Utility payments, M-banking & Insurance for their customers.
The startups will pitch in front of a jury consisting of:
- Anne-Marie Chidzero – CIO, FSD
- Eva Warigia – Executive Director, EAVCA
- Tsakane Ngoepe – Portfolio Manager AHL Venture Partners
- Wanjiru Chabeda – Investment Consultant, Zephyr Acorn
- Winnie Ibuyako – Associate Director, LGT Impact
- Claudia Makadristo – Regional Manager for Africa, Seedstars
Bluewave Insurance Agency Limited an insurance startup that creates an innovative mass market, microinsurance products accessible via mobile devices won the Seedstars Nairobi edition 2018 while the 2017 edition was won by M-Shule, an Edtech platform.
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