Kenyan startups dominate PIVOT East competition

Kenyan startups dominate PIVOT East competition

Kenyan startups emerged winners in four out of five categories at the 2014 edition of the mobile startups event PIVOT East, with winning companies receiving US$10,000 each.

HumanIPO reported on the event kickoff on Tuesday, with 25 startups pitching to a panel of judges in a bid to win one of five categories.

Kenya’s SokoText, which offers an SMS-based pre-ordering service to small fruit and vegetable sellers, emerged as winner in the Society category, while another Kenyan startup A SiM Mobile, which is a supply chain mobile solution integrated with popular accounting apps, won the Enterprise category.

Chamasoft of Kenya, which manages the administration of chamas, emerged victor in the Finance category, and Sendy, a Kenyan platform for on-demand errands, took the Utilities category.

Tanzania’s UbongoKids, an interactive edu-cartoon, was the only non-Kenyan company to win one of the categories, taking the Entertainment prize, though Ethiopian cloud-based accounting solution Online Hisab did win the founder’s prize.

First runners-up were Beyonic (Uganda), Online Hisab (Ethiopia), Maramoja (Kenya), TotoHealth (Kenya) and Safari Tales (Kenya).

“The winners of the competition will win funding amounting to US$10,000 per startup from m:lab East Africa,” the organisers said. “The funding will be split into two halves, the first of which is a US$5,000 grant. The other portion of US$5,000 will be an investment which may be topped up by other investors depending on the startups funding requirements and their ability to convince other investors.”

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