18 regional winners of Seedstar World Africa tour pose for a group photos at the Seedstars Africa Summit 2018 conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Thursday 13th, December 2018.
18 regional winners of Seedstars World Africa tour pose for a group photos at the Seedstars Africa Summit 2018 conference in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on Thursday 13th, December 2018.

Last year, the seedstar team toured 20 African cities in search for promising startups to compete at the Seedstar Global Competition; the biggest startup competition focused only in emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes. Over the course of the tour, 18 startups emerged finalists with their solutions in; AgricTech, FinTech, EdTech, Civic Tech, Mobility, HealthTech, and Food & Beverage.

65 global finalists are to compete for the crown of Seedstar and a cash prize of USD$500, 000 (approx. UGX1.8 billion).

Uganda will be represented by Agro Supply Uganda Limited. An AgricTech startup that has developed a unique mobile layaway platform that allows farmers to save money for the seeds and fertilizer using their mobile phone. The team is led by Ogwal Joseph; Founder and Chief Executive of the startup.

As we speak the teams are already in Switzerland were the final pitches will be held. Winners are to be announced on Friday 5th, April 2019. Overall winner receives a USD$500,000 in equity investment.

On to top-up on the USD $500,000 prize, Seedstars partnered with Enel Green Power (Renewable Energy), BBVA Open Talent (FinTech), Merck (Health), HEG Fribourg & TRECC (Education), and Tag Heuer (Women entrepreneurs) to provide mentoring and financial support in their selected works.

Ogwal Joseph; Founder and Chief Executive (Left), and Watson Atwine (Right); IT Specialist who represented the team, recivce their victory dummy air ticket at the Seedstar Kampala competition at Outbox Hub on Friday 24th, August 2018.
Ogwal Joseph; Founder and Chief Executive (Left), and Watson Atwine (Right); IT Specialist who represented the team, recivce their victory dummy air ticket at the Seedstar Kampala competition at Outbox Hub on Friday 24th, August 2018.

African startups dominate as winners of this competition with two winning startups; Giraff (South Africa – 2016) and Agrocenta (Ghana 2018). In 2017 a Philippine startup won the competition.

The 2019 African participants are;

Startup City, Country Sector
Rera Online Harare, Zimbabwe AgriTech
Cowtribe Accra, Ghana AgriTech
Benefactors Kigali, Rwanda FinTech
Agro Supply Uganda Limited Kampala, Uganda AgriTech
SudaPay Dakar, Senegal Civic Tech
Labes Key – schoolap Kinshasa, Congo EdTech
Bluewave Insurance Agency Limited Nairobi, Kenya FinTech
WenaData Maputo, Mozambique Civic Tech
Bandim Online Bissau, Guinea-Bissau AgriTech
Kubinga Luanda, Angola Mobility
DropQue Lagos, Nigeria Enterprise services/HR
HiFranc Sandton, South Africa FinTech
REMA Cotonou, Benin HealthTech
Diool Douala, Cameroon FinTech
MyFoodness Gaborone, Botswana Food and Beverage
Money Farm Bakau, Gambia AgricTech
Nala Tanga, Tanzania AgricTech

The Seedstars Africa Summit is designed to facilitate meaningful discussions about topics that range from the policies designed to support entrepreneurship in the country and the region to the success factors and improvement opportunities of the African tech scene.