DRC: Seedstars World, the largest seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, brought its DRC round to a successful close during Seedstars Kinshasa. The event took place this Friday 21st of September, at the Headquarters of Ingenious City, and 11 selected startups were invited to present their companies in front of the local jury panel.
The local winner, Labes Key - schoolap, have created schoolap.com to improve the quality of teaching via the internet by providing access to digital lessons, was named “Best Startup in DRC for its innovative sustainable solution.
“We did not expect this victory, and we would like to say a big thank you to Seedstars for the impact it is making every time on the entrepreneurial ecosystem in DRC”, said Pascal Kanik, Co founder at Schoolap.
As a part of the prize, Labes Key - schoolap will be participating at the Seedstars Summit, which takes place in Switzerland, in April 2019. It is a weeklong training program, with the opportunity to meet the 65+ winners from other fast growing economies, as well as investors and mentors from around the world. The final day of the Summit is dedicated to pitching in front of an audience of more than 1000 attendees, with the possibility of winning up to USD one million in equity investment and other prizes.
The 11 startups pitched in front of a prestigious jury, including Henri Plessers, Country Representative at FSDAFRICA, Jean Paul Odent, Head of Commercial Banking at RAWBANK, Bob David Nzoimbengene, Managing Partner at Deloitte RDC, Bas Zuidberg, Lead Consultant at Elan RDC, Steve TCHOUMBA, Business Development Manager at ActivSpaces and Fanny Dauchez, Senior manager of West Africa region for Seedstars World.
The local Ambassador of Seedstars World, Ingenious City, organized the event with Seedstars World’s local partner Elan RDC. Further support was provided by RAWBANK, Canal +, Swiss Embassy of DRC, Rainbow, GBS, BCDC and Vodacom and media partners. The event attracted interest from over 84 startups, and around 150 attendees. The event is powered by. Further support is provided by,
WapiMED sarl, with MEDpay gives you the freedom to pay the healthcare costs of your loved ones in few clicks!, came second and Alternative Energy Technologies Group, with its idea to expands off- and poor-grid people's access to clean energy in Africa's biggest energy access market - the DRC, grabbed the last spot in the top 3. The other startups invited to pitch were:
AfriNTIC SARL offers a solution for the growth of cattle on farms in the DRC to reduce meat and milk deficiency.
EBUTELO makes it easy for hotels, restaurants and retail businesses to manage their businesses with our ERP software adapted to their needs.
EHE ( eye of the environment and health ) EHE scientists have identified a 57% toxic gas concentration area where 3000 inhabitants reside.
Faysal Company Tap and Pay is a new ergonomic platform, revolutionary in the modernization of electronic payment via a magnetic card.
InjoByte Hardware for digitizing bulletin boards in universities, churches, companies, ... and mobile applications for remote access to information.
Integrity Media RDC USB Charge Zone, a green energy solution for charging mobile devices for all at low cost.
SMS Emploi works in partnership with education institution in order to provide qualified people to entreprises and particulars.
STATS CONGO Bringing technology and analytics to the Congolese healthcare system
After DRC event, the Seedstars World’s next stop is Bissau at CEIBA HOTEL, to select the best startup in Guinea Bissau.