For the first time, out of the 47 AppCircus World Tour winners from 26 countries, 3 are from Africa (Ghana, South Africa and Uganda). Here’s some information on these 3 startups.
Saya (Accra, Ghana) – Based in Ghana from the MEST Incubator, Saya is a group messaging application that works on feature phones with internet access. “With Saya, the cost of SMS can be cut down up to a 1000 times”. Saya connects users with their phone contacts and Facebook friends. Currently, the application works on J2ME enabled phones, Blackberries and Androids.
Moraba (Cape Town, South Africa) – A mobile quiz adaptation of a popular Southern African board game. The game adds a quiz element that allows users to answer questions about gender based violence – and in doing so educates and empowers the user.
Mafuta Go! (Kampala, Uganda) – Very simply, the app helps its users find the cheapest and nearest petrol station, to combat vast price differences between petrol stations in Uganda.
From Ghana, we’re obviously very excited about this news and wishing these teams the very best!
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Amma Baffoe, Communications and University Relations Manager at MEST. You'll find me almost always exploring the following topics: Education, Development in Africa, Tech in Africa, Social Media Strategy, PR, Community Service.
MEST, located in Accra, Ghana, provides a fully sponsored training and mentoring program in software development and entrepreneurship for aspiring African software entrepreneurs. MEST is an NGO funded by the Meltwater Group. Read More