AppsAfrica announced the winners of the 2017 innovation awards, aimed at rewarding the best start ups in mobile and tech solutions across the continent.
Over 300 entries from 31 countries were received to be judged by an independent panel of leading industry experts. The 9 Kenyan, Nigerian, South African, Egyptian and pan- African venture services that won the awards were announced at a Pan-African mobile and tech awards party at Shimmy Beach Club in Cape Town, South Africa; the award spots were a total of 10 but What3Words acquired two awards.
In addition to the award, the winners are to be invited to exhibit their services at Africa Tech Summit Kigali Feb 14th and 15th 2018 and, of course, to connect with leaders in tech and investors from across Africa.
Among the 2017 winners 2017 were start ups in education and fintech, an area looked at for development of the continent.
The educational Award went to snappily, a content and media technology company focusing on content distribution and mobile publishing. The application provides publishers and content producers with a platform for distribution, reading and retail of eBooks, magazines and newspapers.
Snapplify are the largest eBook aggregators in Africa with more than 250 leading publishers’ content, more than 100 000 aggregated titles, and over 600 resellers and online stores. With such applications, Learning can support development and help to build a sustainable future for Africans.
The Fintech Award was scooped by Nigeria’s Flutterwave, a payments API that makes it easier for banks and businesses to process payments across Africa. The service allows consumers to pay for things in their local currency; the platform takes care of integrating banks and payment-service providers into its platform so businesses don’t have to take on the expense and burden.
One of the most exciting solution to Africa’s payment ecosystem, the company processing more than $1.2 billion in payments across 10 million transactions, accepting 350 currencies across 30 African countries and charging merchants a small service charge, which it shares with banks.
Other awards won at the event;
Best Social and Messaging Award – Flare
Enterprise Solution Award – What3Words
Social Impact Award – Vodacom e-School
Best African App – Boomplay Music
Disruptive Innovation Award -What3Words
mCommerce – Mazady
Changing Africa – Jumo
News and Entertainment Award – Bounce News
Andrew Fassnidge, founder of AppsAfrica.com, congratulated all the winners and thanked the judging panel, the sponsors and the supporting partners across Africa, in words that followed a statement that spoke highly of the competitiveness of Africa tech start-ups in a manner of business. “It is fantastic to see the growth each year, with entries from over 31 countries this year. Even more encouraging is how rapidly African start-ups are now scaling to compete with established corporates with winners from both,” said he.