9 Zimbabwean Startups Competing For The 2019 Seedstars Competition

Written by Peter Pedroncelli
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Nine of Zimbabwe’s best tech startups recently competed in the 2019 Seedstars Competition for a chance to feature in the global finale in Switzerland next year.

Winners of each of the country competitions in each emerging market earn their place in Switzerland next April, and will have the chance to compete for $1 million in equity investment and prizes alongside other impressive startups.

An online poultry farming startup was selected as the winner, but other impressive contenders included a healthcare platform dedicated to underserved areas, a peer to peer delivery startup, and a mobile app that helps voters to hold government accountable.

Here are 9 Zimbabwean startups competing for the 2019 Seedstars Competition.

Renewable Loop Private Limited

Renewable Loop Private Limited is a clean tech company that combines people-centered design with affordable energy solutions. The company is looking to use its UXET commuting service to disrupt the commuter omnibus industry in Zimbabwe, using mobile app-enabled vans that run on environmentally friendly biogas.

Rera Online Farm

Chosen as the eventual winner in Harare, Rera Online Farm is a platform that enables retail consumers to farm their own chickens and save up to 40 percent from buying poultry produce without having to own the infrastructure of a chicken farm. This encourages entrepreneurship and makes a poultry business far more accessible to people than ever before, according to Techmoran.

Vote Africa

Vote Africa is a mobile application that aims to educate, motivate and empower the people taking part in democratic elections to fully own the electoral process and hold government accountable. This is accomplished through a set of mobile features including an artificial intelligence-enabled Chatbot that lets users ask election related questions. Vote Africa won the Best Civic Tech Startup prize at the event.

Wellnescript Solutions

Wellnescript Solutions is a wellness and digital health startup that empowers individuals, families, companies and communities in Zimbabwe and beyond to experience more happiness through connected and data-riven digital platforms. The concept behind the startup was popular with judges at the Seedstars Harare event, and Wellnescript came second overall in the competition.

2018 Seedstars Competition
Two agri-tech startups took part in the Seedstars Harare competition, with Rera Online Farm winning. Photo – AP – Donna Bryson

YouFarm

Agri-tech startup YouFarm provides collateral-free funding for farmers via the YouFarm Crowd Farming Platform, allowing people to become part of the agriculture value chain in Zimbabwe by giving them the opportunity to invest in crops and livestock and then share the profits with the farmer when the produce goes to market. This innovative idea landed YouFarm third place in the startup competition.

Futuremed

Created out of a need to provide quality, accessible and affordable healthcare in underserved areas, and the continuing threat of chronic infections such as TB, HIV and malaria in Africa, Futuremed aims to bring healthcare to these areas using technology to diagnose, treat and monitor patients, according to Seedstars.

Justice Today

The winner of the Best Learner prize at the Seedstars Harare event, Justice Today is a mobile app that protects citizens from crime and makes use of artificial intelligence to educate citizens on the steps to take when they become victims of crime.

Leaph

Edtech startup Leaph aims to see a drastic improvement in the performance and results of students through an academic management system that uses data science and machine learning to assist students in making the most of their learning experience, according to Ventureburn.

ParcelTip

ParcelTip is a peer to peer delivery startup exploring the sharing economy movement in the logistics and travel industry. Basically, ParcelTip pays those travelling to use their excess capacity to make the deliveries, and the company claims that they can offer parcel-delivery services at half the usual cost.