Kenyan Tech Startups to Hit the Stage at DEMO Africa Event In Nigeria


A number of Kenyan technology startups will proudly showcase their innovative products at the week long DEMO Africa event to be held in  Nigeria. Demo Africa is one of LIONS@frica flagship initiatives that aims to connect African startups to the global ecosystem. The event, to be held from the 21st – 25th September at Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos Nigeria,  is a platform where the most innovative companies from African countries get a chance to launch and announce their products and to Africa and the world.

This year Nigeria tops the list, with Kenya coming a close second. Other African countries represented include South Africa, Ghana, Egypt, Cameron, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Tanzania and new comer Ivory Coast.
Here is the list of the Kenyan startups that will launch their products:

1. InsureAfrika

Headed by Gangadeep Hayer, InsureAfrika provides free online insurance quotes from insurance companies in Kenya. It not only saves you time spent looking for insurance quotes, it also saves you money by linking you to companies that provide the lowest quotes for your insurance needs. It currently offers quotes for car insurance, health insurance and travel insurance. Find out more here.

2. Abacus

Founded by Joel Macharia, who has over 10 years experience investing in NSE, Abacus builds web and mobile software that helps investors across the globe access African financial markets. It creates a platform for investors, both local and international to research and invest in NSE, anytime, anywhere. Read more here.

3. SimbaPay

Created by Nyasinga Onyancha, SimbaPay is an application that allows a person to quickly and conveniently transfer money to mobile money wallets, for example MPESA, Airtel Money and Paga, in Kenya and Nigeria. It also transfers money directly to bank accounts. All this is done free of charge. Additionally, this is the world’s first app that allows international access to MPESA’s PayBill services. This means that even when you are out of the country you can still pay your bills conveniently! Download it here.

4. ENT Mobile

ENT Mobile’s Founder, Andrew Kamau describes Pythias as ” the most personal, intelligent and accessible way to access your bank’s products and services. Pythias allows its users to access bank services from “friendly” platforms that they use to communicate with, for example Twitter, using natural language. Using this solution, you can even get a cab ride to  your banks’s ATM location. They have integrated several APIs that will convert natural language to service request. This is truly something innovative and different! View demo here.

5. BitSoko

BitSoko is a Bitcoin wallet for a Africa. It is an Android application ,by Daniel Bloch, that not only allows bitcoins to be sent instantly across the globe at a minimal cost, but also implements Blockchain Technology in the current mobile money platform in Africa, allowing funds from developed countries in the form of Bitcoin to be sent and received as mobile money . Read more here.

6. Bamba POS

“The POS solution that is simple,stylish and affordable” . This solution allows its users to do sales on their tablets by picking or scanning the product, accept many modes of payment at no cost and manage the store easily through any internet connected device among many other features.

Other activities to take place at the event include an investor roundtable forum and the LIONS@FRICA Summit with the uptake of African generated technology expected to be the main topic.

Get a full list of participants here.