One of the perks of being a symposium conference chair is that I get to try some fun things, particularly at a smaller event like the one just closing in Cape Town. This year we tried something new that highlights local high tech startups from Africa. We asked on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook for companies doing interesting things, and selected six out of the 61 proposals from five countries to highlight at the event. We were not necessarily looking for the best vendors out there, but wanted an interesting sample of what was going on in the startup scene in Africa. I think we achieved that.
We asked the startups to create a short video introducing themselves and their product, and to be present at an ITxpo stand to talk to delegates. The traffic to the stand was encouraging. Sincere thanks to MTN Business for sponsoring the programme.
Here are links to the videos created by the participating aspiring innovators.
Nandie: A cloud-based data analytics platform.
Wyzetalk: Employee engagement and communcations.
Build: Web site builder with ecommerce.
Encentivize: Employee rating and motivation
Mapzania: Geographical information and mapping
Clevva: Virtual assistants for employee productivity
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