Innovation Awards 2015 finalists emerge. 10 Nigerian startups make the cut

by | Oct 12, 2015

In a bid to celebrate the enormous growth in mobile, technology and entrepreneurship in Africa, the Innovation Awards 2015 welcomed submissions from entreprenuers on the condition that their solutions had launched in at least one African market, irrespective of their country of origin.

Attracting over 200 entries from 21 countries, across 3 continents, the award’s finalist have finally emerged. They are:

Best disruptive innovation

MicroEnsure (UK),  Esoko (Ghana), Talking Bookz (Nigeria)Picup – South AfricaOpera’s Sponsored Web Pass – Nigeria

Best mobile innovation

Mobu – (Kenya), Chura – (Kenya), bookly – (South Africa), Ninayo – (Tanzania)M-vendr – (UK), ShoOwer – Cameroon


Best non-data mobile innovation

Mobile for Reproductive Health – (Uganda and Tanzania), Unotify (Rwanda), Totohealth (Kenya), GeoPoll (US and Kenya)SaferMom (Nigeria)

Best African app

Cross Dakar City (Senegal)bookly – (South Africa), Truppr (Nigeria), mPaper (Tanzania) and Tuluntulu (South Africa)

Best FinTech innovation

Mergims (Rwanda)LipaPlus (Kenya) , SimbaPay (UK) ,VCpay (South Africa) , Mastercard/ Standard Bank MasterPass app (South Africa) and  Verifone Mobile Money (Kenya)

Best health innovation

MOBicure (Nigeria)GiftedMom (Cameroon)Telemedicine Africa (South Africa)emocha Mobile Health (USA) and The Medical Concierge Group (Uganda)

Best educational innovation

mPaper (Tanzania)Flippy Campus (Ghana/Nigeria)bookly – (South Africa), SYNA (Nigeria) , Xander Apps (South Africa) and Bambisa (South Africa)

Social impact award

codeX (South Africa)bookly – (South Africa), 1task1job (Cameroon), UjuziKilimo (Kenya),  and Afrikstart (UK).

Best entertainment innovation

Bozza Mobile (South Africa)Gamsole – NigeriaMyMusic (Nigeria)Guumzo (Tanzania) and Media24 HYD 3D (South Africa)

Women in tech award

Emefa Kpegba (OMobileFunding – Togo), Anike Lawal (Mamalette -Nigeria)Linet Kwamboka (DataScience – Kenya)Zimba Women (Uganda) and Kelechi Anyadiegwu (Zuvaa -USA/Nigeria).


All the finalist have been invited to be part of the awards party in Cape Town, South Africa on November 16th, 2015.

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