8 startups have been invited to pitch in front of an investment panel and compete in the Nairobi edition of the Seedstars competition for a chance to chance to represent the country at the regional and global Seedstars Summit in Switzerland.
The pitch event that is run by Seedstars World will be held at Nailab on the 21st September 2018.
The winner will receive an all-inclusive trip to Switzerland, to compete at the Seedstars Summit for US$ 1 million in equity investments, boot camps and investor forum in addition to the title of Seedstars Global Winner.
These are the 8 startups that will pitch:
- Angaza Elimu: Create Edtech solutions to reduce content delivery inefficiencies that learners and teachers face in and outside of the classroom.
- Bluewave Insurance Agency Limited: An insurance startup that is creating an innovative mass market, microinsurance products accessible via mobile devices.
- Bitshamba: Helps dairy farmers to get access to inputs, credit, and insurance by using IOT based tools to collect real-time data about their cattle.
- Gravity.earth: Gravity leverages blockchain technology to allow anyone to create a self-sovereign, data-based digital ID to access essential services.
- Lily Health: A mobile chat service to help women in emerging markets get personalized health advice. Artificial intelligence makes it scalable.
- Optimetriks: Agile Sales Force Automation platform to help Africa’s FMCG companies better manage their distribution in the traditional trade.
- Paybobby: A one-stop platform that helps SMEs automate back-office activities to reduce operational wastage using “pay what you want” business model.
- PataGrao Ltd: The PataGrao App enables a user to locate and book a sports facility ranging from pitches to courts, swimming pools and golf courses etc.
The startups will pitch in front of a jury consisting of:
- Samuel Gikandi – CEO, Africa’s Talking Ltd.
- Teresa Mbagaya – Investment Principal, Omidyar Network.
- Maryam Mgonja – East Africa Associate, Seedstars.
- Munyutu Waigi – Co- Founder, Umati Capital.
In 2017, M-Shule, an Edtech platform that improves learning for every primary student in Africa using artificial intelligence and SMS to deliver personalized, accessible education, was selected the best startup in Kenya and represented Kenya at the Seedstars Summit in Switzerland.