Which country in Africa has the best app ideas?

In June 2019, we launched our first Apps for Africa competition: an online contest where entrepreneurs can submit their app ideas and stand the chance to win an app development package. To be honest, we were expecting about 20 entrants to come through since this was our first time hosting a competition and we didn’t put much promotion around it.

The response was overwhelming! We had to shortlist the finalist group to the Top 50. This included apps from 11 different countries and across all industries from shea butter to sandwiches! In order to win the competition, the contestants had to ask their audience members to place votes for them on the official competition website page. The contestant with the most votes at the end of the competition on 15 July would be declared the overall winner.

The competition was structured in this way to give the contestants an idea about the amount of work that goes into community development and audience engagement when building a digital product. Especially with app development, it is crucial that a business owner understands the level of effort involved in mobilising an online community to engage with your mobile app. 

After one month of voting, the Top 50 were narrowed down to the Top 10 based on the number of votes received. The Top 10 contestants are an exciting mix of different ideas and geographies:

10. Adroit Safaris, a tourism company that focus on providing travel experiences in Uganda and across East Africa by founder Susan Nyanzi

9. Gagawala Graphics founded by David Wapamba from Uganda pitched the idea of Rexo which would be an event app where users can do partial payments in order to make sure they would not miss out on future events.

8. Erandoya is a logistics app from Nigeria founded by Jared Shittu.

7. Camilo Ramada from South Africa has GEM – a matchmaking services for interns and internship opportunities. 

6. Oluwaseyi Akinlolu from Nigeria is looking to develop a finance app called SmartVillager as a platform where business owners can engage with each other online

5. From Tunisia, Tarek Nachnouchi runs Boostiny, a platform where one can share their products and monetise off sales commissions

4. Afrofinity by Wavinya Musyoka in Kenya has an online beauty store and is looking to take the next step by having an app

3. Maua Blossoms run by Masana Sangweni from South Africa is a florist looking to build the Uber of floral and gift deliveries

2. Shangwich from South Africa is a company where students can share snacks online while they are studying

And our overall winner is FemConnect by Asonele Kotu have a listen to her app idea on this link from her Channel Africa interview

Here is our full list of the Apps for Africa Top 50 2019 

Startup/Person Name Country Industry
Adroit Safaris Limited Uganda Tourism
Africa Best Businesses South Africa Media
Afrofinity Kenya Beauty
BE AFRIKA MEDIA Kenya Media
BeyondMedia South Africa Media
Bit World Financial – BWF Angola Finance
Boostiny Tunisia Media
ChipsnBrain (SmartVillager) Nigeria Finance
Cingroup Canal Investment group South Africa Business
Claire App Nigeria Social
Craftify Nigeria Crafts
DotBlack Projex South Africa Property
Drive Easy South Africa Driving School
Dundiza Global Technologies Enterprise Tanzania Finance
Erandoya Nigeria Logistics
FairP Egypt Football
FemConnect South Africa Health
FM Shea Ghana Agribusiness
Gagawala Graphics Limited Uganda Events
GEM – Payment Services South Africa Youth Employment
Goal Chaser South Africa Music
House of Kandake South Africa Beauty
Intouch Africa Ghana Travel
Klean App Ghana Recycling
Leverage Trader Tanzania Finance
LokalTalents Nigeria AI and Robotics
Loyalty1 South Africa Media
Mafaku South Africa Coaching and Development
Manfold Holdings Group Limited. Kenya Real Estate
MiCube Cloud South Africa Cloud data
Mobiwire Tanzania Finance
My Pocket Profile South Africa Data Protection
MyWeb Nigeria Website Design
Nelson Aseka Kenya Tourism
Ntaka Zambia Agri Tech
One Kiosk Africa Nigeria e-Commerce
OtoKonnect Nigeria Automotive
Pan-African Center For Autism (PACA) Nigeria Health
Sanaandi Events South Africa Florist
Shangwich South Africa Students
Sinclare Initiative Kenya Finance
Smartfarmingug.com Uganda Agri Tech
Smartlinks Nigeria Education
Styld South Africa Style
Tac-Maz Sustainable Ventures Malawi Food Security
TrustiT Tunisia Tunisia Electrical Repairs
Uthando African Experiences South Africa Travel
Vanguard Styles APP South Africa Style
YUVA Team Mauritius Education

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