A List Of Top African Innovations 2019 by Tony Kwame Ansah Jr
A LIST OF TOP AFRICAN INNOVATIONS 2019
Almost every single day there’s an innovator/innovation or an inventor/invention coming out of Africa. Within the many African creators/creations in existence, there are some worth highlighting and shedding light on. Every month I will publish a list of the top ten to keep you updated and showcase the leaps and bounds Africans are making through entrepreneurship. So sit back and enjoy African innovations at their finest!
LIST OF 10 AFRICAN INNOVATIONS FOR JULY 2019
Teheca is a 1-stop-center that provides maternal and child healthcare info as well as qualified healthcare professionals for postnatal services. This healthcare platform was founded in Ugandan. Their e-health center is helping mothers and babies to receive high quality medical services.
Slyd is an on-demand e-scooter ride sharing platform for short distance trips that can be accessed via their app or delivered to the doorstep for some users. This ride sharing platform was founded in Egypt. Their on-demand e-scooter is helping people to transport short distance and enjoy outdoor environment.
Accelerated is a startup using behavior science and data-driven tech to train better teachers and improve quality of teaching via expert 1-on-1 coaches. This educational service was founded in Ethiopia. Their behavior science and data-driven initiative is helping to change the education landscape for teachers to do better.
Bayseddo is an agricultural tech startup that allows users to do group investments & links farmers with land. This agricultural technology was founded in Senegal. Their startup is helping farmers to get access to investments and land.
Bitmama is an online platform that allows users to buy and sell bitcoin and soon other cryptocurrencies. This bitcoin platform was founded in Nigeria. Their platform is helping people to exchange funds for bitcoin and vice versa.
Pelebox is a digital platform that enables patients to collect their chronic medication from a smart locker within 2 mins. This online platform was founded in South Africa. Their service is helping to create a convenient medicine ‘ATM’.
Fundall recently launched an all-in-one financial solution for local youth to access services, such as savings & investments, business credit & loans, e-commerce platform, debit & credit cards, etc. This financial platform was founded in Nigeria. Their financial solution is helping to give young entrepreneurs access to a variety of revenue outlets.
Taimba is an agricultural tech startup that links rural farmers with urban retailers by way of sourcing products and delivering them to stores, schools, hospitals, and restaurants in the city. This startup was founded in Kenya. Their agricultural platform is helping to connect farmers with organizations seamlessly.
Cassava Fintech recently launched an integrated social payments platform, Sasai, which features instant messaging, social media and mobile payment altogether as 1 app. This digital platform was founded in South Africa. Their all-in-one app is helping smartphone users to communicate and make payments under the same platform.
Sparky Social Enterprise has designed an eco-friendly dryer to cut food waste issues for small local farmers. This innovation was founded in Uganda. Their agricultural product is helping to reduce natural resource waste from happening.
Well, those were the African innovations for July 2019! August is coming soon… #AfricanInnovators!
LIST OF 10 AFRICAN INNOVATIONS FOR JUNE 2019
Gabriel Emmanuel built OBTranslate, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) tool that can translate 2,000 local African languages. His digital translator platform was established in Germany. This creation is helping Africans home and abroad to communicate in their native tongue through modern day technology.
Mara Corporation has locally made smartphones that will be available on the local and international markets within two months. This mobile phone is being produced in Rwanda. Their cellphone is going to help boost the local economy inside and outside.
SecureID is the first certified smart-card manufacturer in Africa for financial institutions, telecommunications, government, education, healthcare, and private sector. This card was produced in Nigeria. Their innovation is helping African countries to import less SIM and ATM cards.
MPost is a patented mobile technology that enables users to turn their phone into a unique postal address and postal box. This patented mobile address was produced out of Kenya. Their virtual address is helping locals for personal and business purposes.
ORide is a motorcycle-hailing startup that only carries 1 passenger per trip, includes first-aid boxes on-the-go, and allows users of their app to send and receive funds seamlessly. This transportation app was founded in Nigeria. Their ride hailing app is helping locals get from 1 location to another conveniently.
GoKada is launching a boat riding service called GBoat soon as an alternative transportation option for local commuters. This transportation app was founded in Nigeria. Their boat hailing app is going to help locals get from 1 location to another conveniently.
Seekewa is an online platform that allows internet users and companies to financially support small farmers in African countries via voucher system. This mobile funding app was founded in Ivory Coast. Their voucher system is helping to carry out agricultural projects for all involved participants.
MAX.ng is an app-based platform that coordinates safe and affordable motorcycle rides and delivery services for individuals and businesses. This transportation app was founded in Nigeria. Their ride and delivery app is helping locals to travel and collect deliveries conveniently. They plan to pilot electric motorcycle services soon too.
Techfrica is an African tech and mobile app/web development company. They’re based in Boston, MA, USA and recently created and donated mobile apps to 3 organizations as free gifts for their upcoming second year anniversary. Their technology business is helping Africans home and abroad to use and access online platforms.
Mamabird is looking to deliver low cost health innovations, ready-to-use therapeutic food, or clean birth kits. This startup was established in Washington, DC. USA. Their enterprise is going to be performed by way of drones to rural health centers in countries like Malawi.
Well, those were the African innovations for June 2019! July is coming soon… #AfricanInnovators!
LIST OF 10 AFRICAN INNOVATIONS FOR MAY 2019
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Go! is a motorcycle hailing app that recently launched in Mogadishu. This transportation platform was founded in Somalia. Their startup is helping to provide a safe, cost effective, and convenient transportation solution to locals.
RideSafe is motorcycle insurance service provider via blockchain technology. This transportation service was founded in Kenya. Their insurance is helping local drivers to have access to quick and affordable medical care in the event of an accident.
Honeyflow Africa is a beehive app that monitors activities of hives remotely. This mobile platform was founded in Nigeria. Their technology application will help to boost Nigeria's honey production for the beekeeper communities.
Chipper Cash is a borderless mobile money payment platform that enables people in Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda to send and receive funds to each other without any fees. This payment service was founded in San Francisco, CA by a Ghanaian and Ugandan collectively. Their payment gateway is helping people in various African countries to do financial transactions with each other for free.
Uganics is a social enterprise that produces and sells mosquito repellent soaps. This healthcare product was founded in Uganda. Their kind of soap is helping to prevent malaria in their region, especially for mothers with kids below the age of 5 living in rural areas.
Fundis is a peer-to-peer online platform that connects local consumers with craftsman. This digital platform was founded in Kenya. Their online service is helping locals to find vetted and reliable craftsmanship service providers seamlessly.
Digital Health Access is a health education and consultation platform that connects consumers with healthcare professionals and service providers. This mobile app was founded in Uganda. Their health technology is helping patients to find on-demand medical services and experts.
Frikmat is a business-to-businesses e-commerce platform that allows businesses to trade with each other. This online marketplace was founded in Ghana. Their trade platform will help businesses to exchange products and services among themselves and access other opportunities in different countries and regions, especially within Continental Africa aka intra-African trade.
Soltech is creating and selling school backpacks, lifestyle bags, outdoor umbrellas, and armbands with solar power features. This innovative business was founded in South Africa. Their kind of accessories are helping to bridge the gap between solar technology and user-friendly consumer products.
Fashion Map is a mobile app that connects local consumers with tailors, fashion designers, and clothing brands. This digital platform was founded in Nigeria. Their online service is helping locals to find artisans for essential clothing items, especially for special occasions and so on.
Well, those were the African innovations for May 2019! June is coming soon… #AfricanInnovators!
LIST OF 10 AFRICAN INNOVATIONS FOR APRIL 2019
The African Digital Asset Framework (ADAF) has released the first Pan-African blockchain standard of guidelines for entrepreneurs, consumers, & policymakers in Africa & the Diaspora to follow within ecosystem. This framework has been registered in Kenya. ADAF is helping to bring more power and control of blockchain applications into to the hands of African descendants throughout the world.
Kobo360 is a logistics platform that links supply of trucks with demand of transport by cargo owners and has the first bidding tool for drivers and consumers to assess price of trip before selection, which is not found on other transport apps. This platform was founded in Nigeria. Their way of doing logistics is helping to make trucks and transportation more efficient and less complicated in Africa.
Kudi is a startup that enables underbanked and unbanked locals to access money transfers, bill payments, and cash withdrawals via its agent network. Soon, they plan to become a “digital bank.” This payment facilitator was founded in Nigeria. Their financial services are helping to provide easier access to the banking sector in Africa.
GoBeba is a new logistics app and e-commerce platform that to allow locals (consumers & small businesses) to purchase goods online and have them delivered to their homes and workplaces within 1 hour. This online platform recently launched in Kenya. Their way of doing logistics is helping to make shopping for goods more convenient and less problematic in Africa.
Bongajum Lesley had the vision to create a bike, Bonga Power Bike, that converts mechanical energy from pedaling it to electrical energy, which can then be used to light up rural areas in African countries. This innovation was founded in Cameroon. The Bonga Power Bike will help with transportation, health, and electricity in Africa.
Bitpeza is using blockchain technology to provide remittance payment services. This fintech startup is based in Nigeria. Their blockchain is helping to solve the remittance payments challenge of costive fees in Sub-Saharan Africa.
CoachMe connects certified coaches with individuals and organizations who need services in education, finance, health, etc. This online platform was established in Nigeria. Their coaching app is helping people to find coaches in a simple way and is the first of its kind in Africa.
Westcape.co allows locals to buy household appliances, electronic gadgets, other items and pay for them later by way of monthly installments until paid in full. This digital platform resides in Ghana. Their e-commerce business is helping consumers to purchase expensive products through an affordable payment plan in Africa.
Sawa Minerals uses smart contracts to enable a transparent process of buying and selling precious metals, gemstones, and crystals from African countries. This blockchain platform is in Kenya. Their decentralized app is helping to do mining business in an open and safe manner and is the first of its kind in Africa.
Lifti is a ride sharing app that links car owners with passengers. This peer-to-peer transportation service was established in South Africa. Their ride sharing platform is helping people from the same area, traveling in the same direction, and at the same time to find short or long-distance rides to work or home, etc. in Africa.
Well, those were the African innovations for April 2019! May is coming soon… #AfricanInnovators!
LIST OF 10 AFRICAN INNOVATIONS FOR MARCH 2019
has built a digital platform to help travel & tourism businesses in Africa to gain & maintain an online presence, specifically for those who don’t use software or technology to run their business. This online application was founded by multiple co-founders in Namibia. Their website is helping travel & tour companies in Africa to effectively and efficiently manage and operate daily affairs.
is a nano-satellite that monitors the traffic of vessels along the coastline and soon detect fire incidents & help emergency services to respond quicker to intense fire situations. This satellite was built in South Africa by a group of South African engineers. Their engineering will help to keep Africa a safer place to live.
is South Africa’s first fully digital-driven bank based on “simplicity, transparency, & affordability.” This online bank was established in South Africa and founded by South Africans. Their bank will help make financial services more convenient for Africans.
is a community-based initiative in Ghana that uses proceeds from cocoa farms to run health clinic and tuition free schools for girls. This social enterprise was founded by of Ghana. His organization is helping farmers, families, and females to live a prosperous, healthy and literate life in Africa respectively.
develops simple & affordable baby delivery kits for African mothers. This social enterprise was founded by of Zambia. Her baby product package helps mothers in Africa to give birth in a healthy way and has recently won 2019.
makes handcrafts (baskets, vases, dining-ware, etc.) from water hyacinth (aquatic plant). This social enterprise was founded by of Nigeria. Her enterprise is helping to turn aquatic plants into everyday handcraft products in Africa, which is evaluated as a trillion-dollar opportunity.
invented 3d-3p industrial and agricultural dryer that extracts moisture from materials, such as grains or sawdust. This dryer invention was done by a Nigerian professor & engineer. His innovation will tremendously help agriculture and farming in Africa
is a business that turns plastic waste into affordable construction materials (interlocking blocks, paving tiles, foundation blocks & slabs) to build low cost homes. This housing material manufacturer was co-founded by of Ugandan. Her affordable home products are helping Africans to build and live in decent houses.
is a mobile money payment platform that can operate offline in areas with poor internet and Wi-Fi connectivity. This fintech application was co-founded by of Tanzania. His digital platform is helping to create a hassle-free way for Africans to send and receive money in Africa.
is eco-friendly & high-quality paper bag and envelope manufacturer of 35 different shapes & sizes. This paper manufacturer was founded by of Uganda. His manufacturing of bags and envelopes is helping stores, restaurants, hospitals, & multinational companies to serve their customers and clientele, which was the first of its kind in Uganda.
Well, those were the African innovations for March 2019! April is coming soon… !
LIST OF TOP 10 AFRICAN INNOVATIONS FOR FEBRUARY 2019
Carico Cafe Connoisseur uses blockchain technology to provide info on “type of coffee bean, the year it was harvested, and where it was grown,” which allows local consumers in Africa to trace journey of coffee from farmers to sellers. This blockchain application is run by CEO Mwambu Wanendeya in Uganda. His innovative technology is helping African farmers to make more money and yield more profits.
Smart Havens Africa builds low cost and sustainable homes for low-income people in Uganda, especially women who need such shelter to live in. This sustainable house concept was founded by Anne Rweyora of Uganda. Her low-income homes are helping to provide Africans an affordable place to live.
Fundi Bots is a hands-on approach towards practical Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM) education for African youth. This educative technology was founded by Solomon King Beng of Uganda. His innovative style of education is helping African children to learn in contemporary ways and was recently awarded Builders of Africa’s Future Awards by African Diaspora Network.
FlipFlopi Project built the world’s 1st ever dhow made of discarded plastic, which will travel on a few voyage expeditions this year via support of United Nation Environment & Kenyan government. This was primary built by Ali Skanda in Kenya. His clever work is allowing people in Africa to sail by way of plastic on water.
i-Pay is an online payment gateway that allows locals without credit or debit cards to pay for goods & services via SMS, email, QR code, and push payments. This platform is based in South Africa. Their innovative gateway is making it convenient for people in Namibia to shop online.
Phlenu (to buy) is a mobile app that connects African merchants and consumers together on one platform. This app recently launched in Ghana. They are helping buyers & sellers as well as employers & employees in Africa to exchange business with each other more efficiently.
Infinite Loop manufactures low-cost minicomputers called Lifebook PC. This small computer was created by Sam Kodo of Togo. His innovative computer helps Africans to access the internet through modern day technology.
Mara Group is setting up its first smartphone factory in Rwanda. This is a Pan-African multi-sector service provider based in Uganda. Their facility will help to increase access to cellphones, increase individuals connected to internet, & increase employment opportunities for Africans.
AgrInfo is an online platform that gives farmers in Africa access to credit & loans from financial institutions. This service was founded by Rose Funja of Tanzania. Her digital platform helps African farmers to determine size & location of their farm and crops they grow on them.
Binance Charity Foundation has a blockchain program called “Lunch for Children” that helps provide 2 meals a day to students & staff in Africa during school hours throughout 2019. This was recently launched in Uganda. Their cryptocurrency is helping to create transparency & accountability of electronic donations in Africa.
Well, those were the African innovations for February 2019! March is coming soon… #AfricanInnovators
LIST OF TOP 10 AFRICAN INNOVATIONS FOR JANUARY 2019
I-cut is an anti-female genital mutilation application that connects girls in Kenya to medical and legal assistant for this particular health-related issue. The app was created and founded by 5 Kenyan teenaged girls. Their innovative app is helping to improve health of females and has won the African of the Year Award 2019.
Cyprus45Factory recycles old tires and turns them into nice furniture for consumers to buy in Nigeria. This furniture company was founded and established by Olabanke Banjo of Nigeria. Her innovative products are helping to create an eco-friendly environment and produce furniture for both commercial and residential purposes as well.
Familov is an online platform that enables people from various parts of the world (outside of Africa) to buy products & services through certain supermarket chains in Cameroon, which are then delivered to local beneficiary within 36 hours. This platform was founded and established by Lydie Idel Makamdem Tchidjo of Germany-Cameroon. Her innovative platform is making it possible for people living abroad to purchase goods and services online for family and friends back home in Africa.
Flutterwave a mobile application from Nigeria that allows Visa cardholders in Africa (Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, etc.) to send and receive money home & abroad. It also allows non-cardholders to create a virtual card via the app. Their innovative app is making it easier for Africans to send and receive online payments inside and outside of Africa.
Green Plastic collects plastic bags, bottles and wrappers, shreds them in a machine, and transforms them into roof tiles and other recycled goods. This manufacturer was founded and established by Ahmed Abdullah and co-founder(s) of Somalia. His innovative products are helping to create an eco-friendly environment and manufacture tiles and goods for everyday needs as well.
Publiseer is a digital publishing platform that allows African artist of various talents to publish, promote, protect and monetize their body of work to the masses in Africa and elsewhere free of charge. This publisher was co-founded and established by Chidi Nwaogu & Chika Nwaogu of Nigeria. Their innovative platform is making it free and easy for authors and artist in Africa to publish their content everywhere books and music are sold online.