Seedstars Tanzania local pitching competition Recap @Bunihub 2017

Article By: Sage Swaby July 20th 2017


Monday, July 24 – Last Thursday, July 20, the Seedstars startup pitching competition took place at Buni Innovation Hub at 4 p.m. Fanny Dauchez, associate for Seedstars World Africa, opened the event with a welcome speech, introducing all the judges, and embracing others who came to support.  The first pitching session included startups Worknasi, Emakatt, Afropremiere,
TanzDevs, and Nefrids Africa. Each startup was given five minutes to pitch followed by a five minute Q&A from the judge panel consisting of the five judges:
● Fanny Dauchez, Seedstars World, Associate for Africa
● Jacqueline Dismas, Buni Hub, Co-Hub Manager
● Edwin Bruno, Smart Codes, Founder & CEO
● George Mulamula, Teknohama, CEO
● Jones Mrusha, JonSoft Group, Open Innovation Consultant
After a 30 minute intermission, the second pitching session began. Startups SOMAAPPS, Flow Farm, Be A Lady, HadithiApp, and ScholarDream pitched their businesses. Once the pitching ended, all five judges privately added up the numbers on each judging card for each startup and came to the conclusion of the top three. In third place was Worknasi. In second place, SOMAAPPS was chosen. Nefrids Africa came in first place winning the trip to Switzerland for the global competition with the opportunity to possibly win 1 million USD in equity investments. Below are descriptions of all ten startups beginning with the top three:
– Nefrids Africa Limited: allows access to mobile phone insurance across all 38 million users in Tanzania
– SOMAPPS Technologies Company Limited: mobile app that lists and matches East African students with thousands of domestic and international scholarships
– Worknasi: web platform for office and meeting room sharing, which connects startups with office owners to share office space in return for payment
– Emakatt: web and mobile app that users request for pickup of their laundry to be taken to a network of laundry/dry cleaners and partner hotels
– Afropremiere: a platform where the number of views equals to the income generated by artists
– TanzDevs: book contents are presented in video animation and 3D objects on a mobile device through an app

– Flow Farm: deals with improving agriculture with on cut-edge technology in order to boost production quality and quantity
– Be A Lady: supplying Tanzania with automatic self-service vending machines dispensing sanitary napkins with the acceptance of coins/cards
– HadithiApp: users can securely buy, read and listen to Kiswahili stories from their favorite authors anytime & anywhere conveniently on a mobile device
– ScholarDream: making software service affordable and available to African schools through an all-in-one cloud based school management software