WINNERS

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The following start ups and companies were selected as winners of each challenge after partaking in a specialised business development programme, and pitching their ideas to industry specialists and investors. They then got awarded with free access to a business incubation programme to the value of over R50 000. There were start ups identified who won, but their business ideas surpassed incubation and thus awarded with investor and market access opportunities.

These start ups offer fantastic solutions to real problems across the SADC region, and are led by smart, passionate African innovators. Read more about each one below.

AGRICULTURE CHALLENGE WINNERS

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Greentower Microgrids
Operational Business

Andre Nel
Cecilia Steenkamp

https://eco-v.co.za/

Green Tower Microgrids harvest and store solar energy while borehole water is treated to prohibit scale build up and is suitable for toilets while enhancing irrigation. A solar powered aquaponics greenhouse tunnel provides fish, vegetables and herbs with performance elements managed by Green Tower IOT technology.
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The Compost Kitchen
Operational Business

Himkaar Singh

https://www.compostkitchen.com/

The Compost Kitchen produce vermicompost through the collection of organic kitchen waste from households. The household gets the vermicompost back for free in a small box, with a vegetable plant growing in it so they can grow food again.  The excess vermicompost is sold, and also used to brew vermi-tea, which is being trailed as a natural Pesticide.

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Dijo Seed Xports
Operational Business

Munyaradzi Musamba

https://dijoseed.co.za
munyaradzi@dijoseed.co.za

Dijo Seeds Xports is connection of smallholder farmers with access to fertiliser, training, and technology that will produce more yield.

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BioWatt Botswana
Start-up

Obuile Morewane

https://www.bio-wattbotswana.com

Bio-Watt Botswana produce sustainable and affordable energy source that will ensure socio-economic development without causing further harm to the environment, and which is the production of biomass charcoal and briquettes from organic waste.

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Green Aspects (Pty) ltd
Start-up

Gosiamemang Seoka


Green Aspects produce a highly nutritious fertilizer, that allows for easy absorption of minerals by the plants using a plant growing product.

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MashMod
Start-up

Masego Dode
Keoleboge Olebole Tsheko

Mash mod have created created an organic pesticide that does not taint the quality of produce.

TOURISM CHALLENGE WINNERS

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The Flow Factory
Start-up

Xoliswa Mpati
Celine Morolong

https://theflowfactory.online
flowfactor@gmail.com

The Flow Factory are providing network of tourism services which provide various experiential tourism packages to tourists. The network provides a platform that manages bookings and allocations.

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TRUSTJOY Tourism
Start-up

Ntokozo Gumbi
Joseph Gumbi

https://www.trustjoytourism.co.za/

TrustJoy tourism  are promoting the educational needs as a reason to travel. They see tourism and traveling as an integral platform for their customers to make informed educational, research and career development decisions. They are building sustainable and innovative relationships with our educational institutions, manufacturing and production organisations, research and development companies, sports and recreational academies as tourist attraction and heritage sites worthy to grow tourism industry in the country.

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UAUU
Start-up

Mario Elisio

Uauu us an online platform that provides experiences to people at an affordable price without having to struggle to find such products/experiences. Uauu strive change Mozambiquans perception on travel and it being too expensive.

EDUCATION CHALLENGE WINNERS

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Sibo’s Smart Development Game
Start-up

Ginny Stone

https://sibo.co.za

Sibo’s smart development game is a durable, fun, interactive, curriculum-based board game aimed at grades 1-3, that can be played at school or by the whole family. It aims to improve English, and mathematics skills, as well as general knowledge.

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ZamED Tech
Start-up

Evans Mulenga
AJ Roth

evansmulengamakasa@gmail.com

Zam Ed Tech have created an educational app to be used in rural schools in Zambia. The app will provide primary level game orientated educational challenges that aim to improve educational outcomes. This would be in partnership with schools in the US.

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VR Tutor
Operational Business

Hassan Shaikh

https://www.revolve.joburg

Revolve provides extra tuition to school learners through interactive, easily accessible Virtual Reality (VR).

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Doe-Ray-Maths
Start-up

Daniella Abrams

https://www.doeraymaths.com

Doe-Ray Maths teaches maths using their own original funky maths songs, ensuring kids find the syllabus fun and memorable. They focus on teaching maths concepts and past paper questions, to ensure that kids grasp concepts, so they can sing their way to an A!

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Midesk
Start-up

Farana Boodhram

https://mideskglobal.com

Global Midesk has created a wheelie and shoulder school bag that converts into desk and a chair, with a solar light , both at home and at school. It is waterproof with reflective straps for visibility.

HEALTH CHALLENGE WINNERS

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Vula Mobile
Operational Business

Dr. William Mapham

william@vulamobile.com

Vula Mobile is an ehealth referral solution. Primary health workers are able to contact specialist through an app.

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Green-arch Mobile Clinic
Start-up

Luvo Gugwana

Luvo.g95@gmail.com

Green Arch Innovation envisions a solar integrated mobile clinic to service marginalised communities with access to fair, convenient healthcare. It is designed for people’s basic health needs by bringing the clinic to the patients' homes, instead of them traveling long distances to access healthcare.

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Farm Fresh Foods
Start-up

Rose Kennedy

rosekennedy1965@gmail.com

Farm Fresh Foods envision producing cost-effective super foods which include moringa, sweet potato, and kale to provide nutritional needs to rural communities.

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African Hut Mushroom Dome
Start-up

Sydwell Sihlangu

sihlangusydwell@gmail.com

Eco- Agro Enterprise have created, the African Hut Mushroom Dome, which is a low cost, scalable mushroom production technology that is used to produce highly nutritious mushrooms for consumption.

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