Kivuhub will be taking part finalists for the Southern Africa Startup Awards

After receiving 3211 nominations the organisers of the inaugural Southern Africa Startup Awards have revealed the names of the startups and entrepreneurs that have made it into the national finals. The names will now be put to a public vote.

The awards aim to celebrate and recognise the spirit of innovation and achievement in the Southern African Development Community (SADC).


“The shortlist was decided by a series of national judging panels. This national shortlist will be judged again, to produce the regional shortlist for the Regional Grand Finale which will be announced on 22 November in Johannesburg,” the post further stated.

The public can vote online to select the winners in the Southern Africa Startup Awards

Members of the public can vote online for the startups that they want to represent their respective countries here.


Startup of the year: Bantu MakersTupuca
Best startup ecosystem initiative: Deya
Best foodtech or agritech Startup: Tupuca
Best newcomer: Bantu MakersDeyaSalo
Best social impact startup: Bantu Makers
Female role model of the year: Vanda de Oliveira
Founder of the year: Erikson Mvezi


Startup of the year: Keakopa ExploreTswanaHomeYapili
Best startup ecosystem initiative: Modisar
Best newcomer: Keakopa ExploreMyFoodnessTempest Gold Property App
Best social impact startup: Keakopa ExploreYapili
Female role model of the year: Enya SeguinEunice NtobedziNeltah Tshepiso MosimanegapeRefilwe Matlapeng
Founder of the year: Eunice NtobedziLetsogile KennedyRefilwe Matlapeng

Democratic Republic of Congo

Startup of the year: KibidonKivuHub
Best accelerator or incubator programme: KivuHub
Best startup ecosystem initiative: Modisar
Best newcomer: KivuHub
Founder of the year: Pacifique Cassinga


Startup of the year: Dytz WearLinFord Vodka
Best accelerator or incubator programme: PDollar and Associates
Best startup ecosystem initiative: Healthily Baked
Best foodtech or agritech startup: Limomonane Products
Best newcomer: Botanical WaresExpressway HoldingsJe Ne Sais Quoi LSOsmium Lesotho
Best social impact startup: Dust Busters
Best water crisis management solution: Iceberg Premium Health Water
Female role model of the year: Hape Marite, Mpona Semoli, Relebohile Hlabana-Ketsi
Founder of the year: Mpho Sesiu MachobanePaballo MokoqoPitso Mosala


Startup of the year: Hasnreziga Informatique, Smartelia, The Code
Best co-working space: Workshop Idea Centre
Best startup ecosystem initiative:
Best social impact startup: Lova Soa
Best student startup: Geek Inside
Founder of the year: 100startups.coZosahaza Marline RamarosandyMuriel Randriamasimanana


Startup of the year: HD Plus Creations
Best co-working Space: Polytrechnic Design Studio
Best startup ecosystem initiative: Polytechnic Design StudioSky EnergyStatus
Best foodtech or agritech startup: TempCras
Best newcomer: TempCrasGiantPlus
Founder of the year: Gift Sukez SukaliTiwale Designs


Startup of the year: Expat.comGeneration PlusStoragePlus.ioMycart.muNoudeal
Best edtech startup: AfriEDXOrama
Best fintech startup: Exportunity
Best foodtech or agritech startup: Jeet Awotur
Best newcomer: BaroloBeVirtual ServicesOramaDiscover Mauritius
Best social impact startup:, Jeet Awotur, Sakili Mauritius
Best student startup: EcOrganics
Female role model of the year: Romina Tello Soberanes
Founder of the year: Francois MarkJulien FaliuMarc ReyShameer cassam Muhammad RamdinVital Sounouvou


Startup of the year: KamaleonMozambikesRihaBilhetes Online MocambiqueNextpay
Best accelerator or incubator programme: Standard Bank Mozambique IncubatorOrange CornersideiaLabMoz Innovation LabSuper Mentores
Best edtech startup: Funzani QuizkamaleonTech4Kids Academy
Investor of the year: MB ConsultingSuper MentoresTatos Botão Empreendimentos e Investimentos
Best fintech startup: NextpayPagaLuTabech Servicos Ei
Best newcomer: Karingana wa KaringanakamaleonRihaChampier LdaBilhetes Online Mozambique
Best co-working space: CoWork LabMoz Innovation Lab
Best startup ecosystem initiative: National Association of Young EntrepreneursFuture Agro Challenge MozambiqueideiaLabMuvaOrange Corners
Best student startup: Lenha Doce
Female role model of the year: Filipa CarreiraMariam UmarjiAnchaas Gluten FreeMarlene de SousaNadia Machiana
Best social impact startup: MozambikeskamaleomPlataforma MakoboOuro NegroideiaLab
Best foodtech or agritech startup: AgrolinkBlack Cat Pizza ConeD-FruitKuwoma
Best water crisis management solution: HemateLavaMe
Founder of the year: High Mastery AcademyMauro Eduardo Ezequiel MachadoSazia Sousa


Startup of the year: SunCycles NamibiaBlack Gold Engineering NamLuxDololoExcel Dynamic SolutionsSolve Namibia
Best accelerator or incubator programme: Dololo
Best startup ecosytem initiative: DololoGreen Earth Creations CC, Black Gold EngineeringSolve NamibiaHafeni Tourism
Best water crisis management solution: Dawn Water SolutionsExcel Dynamic SolutionsSolve Namibia
Best student startup: DololoTaxi-application
Best edutech startup: Digitec (Edu Box), DololoRepnam
Best newcomer: InterCityElephonic Katoshe d30Excel Dynamic SolutionsSolve NamibiaRepnam
Best social impact startup: DololoGreen Earth Creations CCSunCycles NamibiaSolve NamibiaTaxi-application
Female role model of the year: Aina JohannesChantal ClaassenLiina Ndahepuluka Mutilifa, Marita Walther (van Rooyen)Tanya Turipamwe Stroh
Founder of the year: Kennedy LiswaniDemetrio MowesRobbins Jefferson KarisenUjama MushimbaSandra Mwiihangele



Startup of the year: AgrimarkMaisha PackageSeebaitSomaAppZudua
Best accelerator or incubator programme: STICLab 
Best co-working space: STICLab 
Best startup ecosystem initiative: STICLab 
Best food or agritech startup: AgrimarkPrincetz Enterprise
Best student startup: Juliana Products
Best edtech startup: ScholarDreamSomaApp
Best fintech startup: Jamii Africa
Female role model of the year: Lilian Makoi
Best social impact startup: Jamii Africa
Best newcomer: SomaAppZuduaAgrimarkMaisha Package
Founder of the year: Husseiin DewjiIsaya Yunge


Startup of the year: CogniflyZazu Africa
Best accelerator or incubator programme: Asikana NetworkBongoHive 
Best startup ecosystem initiative: Asikana NetworkBongoHive
Best social impact startup: Chipapa Empowerment SchemeCognifly, Ending RequiemLima LinksLive Clean Initiatives
Best food or agritech startup: Farmers Market ZambiaLima Links
Investor of the year: BongoHive
Best fintech startup: KwikFinTivwane Money SolutionZazu AfricaZedCredit
Best newcomer: Lima LinksZazu Africa, ZedCreditCogniflyMy Perfect Stitch
Female role model of the year: Abigail MbuziMusenge Musomali
Best co-working space: BongoHive
Founder of the year: Joel SiwaleJoseph Lungu and Amon LunguPerseus Mlambo


Startup of the year: Vote Africa
Best startup ecosystem initiative: Impact Hub Harare
Best edtech startup: Vote Africa
Best food or agritech startup: Shiri
Best social impact startup: myRunnerVote Africa
Female role model of the year: Tatenda Ndambakuwa


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