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
Here is our full list of the Apps for Africa Top 50 2019
|Adroit Safaris Limited||Uganda||Tourism|
|Africa Best Businesses||South Africa||Media|
|BE AFRIKA MEDIA||Kenya||Media|
|Bit World Financial – BWF||Angola||Finance|
|Cingroup Canal Investment group||South Africa||Business|
|DotBlack Projex||South Africa||Property|
|Drive Easy||South Africa||Driving School|
|Dundiza Global Technologies Enterprise||Tanzania||Finance|
|Gagawala Graphics Limited||Uganda||Events|
|GEM – Payment Services||South Africa||Youth Employment|
|Goal Chaser||South Africa||Music|
|House of Kandake||South Africa||Beauty|
|LokalTalents||Nigeria||AI and Robotics|
|Mafaku||South Africa||Coaching and Development|
|Manfold Holdings Group Limited.||Kenya||Real Estate|
|MiCube Cloud||South Africa||Cloud data|
|My Pocket Profile||South Africa||Data Protection|
|One Kiosk Africa||Nigeria||e-Commerce|
|Pan-African Center For Autism (PACA)||Nigeria||Health|
|Sanaandi Events||South Africa||Florist|
|Tac-Maz Sustainable Ventures||Malawi||Food Security|
|TrustiT Tunisia||Tunisia||Electrical Repairs|
|Uthando African Experiences||South Africa||Travel|
|Vanguard Styles APP||South Africa||Style|