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Africa’s Aspiring Innovators 2016

by Jeffrey Mann  |  September 27, 2016  |  2 Comments

cape-town-thumbIn addition to being an analyst, one of the most fun things I get to do is chair the Symposium event in Cape Town. With about 1000 delegates, it is one of the smaller Symposium sites, certainly compared with the hordes who go to Orlando. The scale of the Cape Town event means that I get to try some fun, new things.

For the second time this year, we ran a programme 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 35proposals 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.

provulo: Lightweight worklflow automation.

Tuse: Mesh-enabled communications

IoT.nxt: Internet of Things platform

Kriterion: Mobile procurement platform for reducing fraud and improving transparency in government bids.

Invoke: reporting, analytics and data integration

Impression: digital signatures


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Jeffrey Mann
Research VP
20 years with Gartner and META Group
30 years IT industry

Jeffrey Mann is a Research VP at Gartner, covering cloud office, collaboration and social software.

Thoughts on Africa’s Aspiring Innovators 2016

  1. Mark Kell says:

    The South African startup culture was something that tried to expand during my time there in 2008-2010 but was still overly influenced by the South African government. I believe that the recent “opening” of the startup culture is a good indication of the possibilities that might occur, dependent on the volume of investment capital that could flow into South Africa, and the level of knowledge that returns from such investment. Myself, I don’t yet believe that South Africa has found its niche. That should happen quite soon, no doubt.

  2. […] “We asked on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook for companies doing interesting things, and selected six out of the 35 proposals from five countries to highlight at the event,” Mann says in his blog. […]

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