Winners 2014

PIVOT East an innovative startups competition geared towards nurturing the growing ICT talent in East Africa unveiled the winners of the 2014 competition. The unveiling was during a cocktail award ceremony at the Panari Hotel on 25th June. The competition which kicked off early this year was comprised of a series of activities that culminate to the finalists conference on 24th – 25th June. The open call for applications earlier in the year culminated into 50 startups from across East Africa being announced as the competitions semi-finalists early May. Five finalists from each of the competition’s five categories were selected by panels of  judges drawn from among angel investors and representatives from venture capital firms.  The 25 finalists were announced late May and went through a series of seminars, coaching and mentorship sessions to refine their business models and investor pitches. And the PIVOT East 2014 winners are: Mobile Society Category

Suraj Gudka,  PIVOT East 2014 winner of the Society Category with Valerie D’Costa from infoDev

Suraj Gudka, winner in the Society Category with Valerie D’Costa from infoDev during PIVOT East 2014 at Panari Hotel

SokoText (Kenya): SokoText uses SMS based pre-ordering service to make it easier for small fruit and vegetable sellers in slums to get their daily stock. SokoText is a social enterprise based in Mathare slum in Nairobi. Mobile Entertainment category

Ubongo Team, Winners Entertainment Category

UbongoKids (Tanzania): Ubongo Kids is a multiplatform, interactive edu-cartoon with SMS interaction broadcasting on TV to kids in Tanzania & online for kids around the world. Mobile Enterprise Category 10408606_807285289291231_4504863669481510194_n A SiM Mobile (Kenya): ASim Mobile is a supply chain mobile solution integrated seamlessly with most popular accounting, ERP apps in the world Mobile Finance Category
Marting Njuguna, founder of Chamasoft - Winner of PIVOT East 2014 Finance Category receiving trophy from Lilian Kiplangat of Chase Bank

Marting Njuguna of Chamasoft – Winner of PIVOT East 2014 Finance Category receiving trophy from Lilian Kiplangat of Chase Bank

ChamaSoft (Kenya): A group management platform which manages administration of chamas, allowing them to concentrate on investment rather than administration. Mobile Utilities Category

Alloys and Don from Sendy, winners in the Utilities Category

Sendy (Kenya): A platform for on-demand errands. With the tap of a button, they instantly connect senders and riders and enable payments via mobile phones The founders award went to Online Hisab a cloud-based accounting package for Ethiopian SMEs, who are looking for an affordable and easy to use accounting solution.

Prof. Wagacha presenting the founders award to Asmeret from Online Hisabu from Ethiopia

1st Runners’ Up Beyonic  (Uganda): Beyonic’s mission is to eliminate cash by creating the best solutions that enable business to make payments using mobile money. Online Hisab (Ethiopia): is a cloud-based accounting package for Ethiopian SMEs, who are looking for an affordable and easy to use accounting solution. MaraMoja (Kenya): Maramoja is Kenyan social enterprise dedicated to providing easy access to safe, reliable transport services through your mobile device. TotoHealth (Kenya): TotoHealth enables hospitals and organizations to communicate and provide targeted information on antenatal & postnatal care using low-cost phones. Safari Tales (Kenya): Safari Tales is an edutainment android mobile application for children to access Digital African Narratives & learn African Languages.
All the PIVOT East 2014 Winners

PIVOT East 2014 Winners

The winners of the competition will win funding amounting to 10,000 dollars per startup from m:lab East Africa. The funding will be split into two halves, the first of which is a $5,000 grant. The other portion $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. The category winners also win spots at a VC training course organized by  Savannah Fund, Knife Capital and University of Cape Town. Winners of the Enterprise Category also get a fully paid trip to the Motorola Solutions Entreprise App Forum in Brussels – Belgium scheduled for November 2014.

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