8 teams pitch at Startup Weekend

MEST, Monday November 21st 2011

About Start-up Weekend

Startup Weekend events are weekend-long, hands-on sessions where startup enthusiasts and aspiring entrepreneurs develop ideas and get an opportunity to validate their ideas. Last weekend (18th - 20th Nov. 2011), the 1st ever start-up weekend event in Ghana took place at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology campus at East Legon. The event started with 13 ideas on Friday, but came down to 8 teams. On Saturday and Sunday,  teams focused on building minimum & viable prototypes, customer development, validating their ideas, market research and revenue models. Finally on Sunday evening, teams pitch their ideas, demo their prototypes and answer questions from panel of judges.

The 8 teams at Accra Start-up Weekend

  1. Dropifi- Seeks to replace the traditional 'Contact Us' forms on websites with a simple message box for users, additionally for the Dropifi customers, they get a dashboard from where they can manage contacts.

  2. Maid.dle- A simple but useful matchmaking platform for home owners and cleaning service providers. It also provides a ratings feature for listed cleaners, to enable home owners rate cleaners.

  3. iDentify-A mobile sms and voice application that helps you look up locations within Accra Ghana.

  4. Panic-eye- A single key alert activation app which will guarantee quick and effective response in times of emergency. Its a disruptive technology that could be the future for 911..

  5. DigiDoc-A web application that will be used by doctors in analyzing patient X-rays and scans everywhere leading to prompt response that will help save lives.

  6. Djumah- A professional networking platform that leverages the power of social networking of both employers and job seekers to identify the most trusted and qualified candidates.

  7. TeamTaunt- A social element of sports that creates perhaps the most passion among sports fans but that is not accurately tackled by the various sports network is fan rivalry.

  8. GAS’YO- Built on the Ushahidi platform, GAS'YO is a crowd source app aiming to help people find the closest LPG filling station to their homes, where gas is still available to refill your empty tank.

The Jury
On the panel, the four judges were: Richard Tanksley (MEST), Percival Ofori Ampomah (Ghana Venture Capital Trust Fund), Jim Kaubisch (MEST) and Dr. Ekow Spio Garbrah (Commonwealth Telecoms Organisation). You learn about the winninig team in my next post. Stay tuned :)