Public transit app Weego won the Seedstars Casablanca competition last week, and will represent Morocco at the Seedstars World Summit next year.
The app was chosen as the eventual winner in the Moroccan capital from a shortlist of seven tech startups that pitched on Jul. 6, according to Twitter.
The startups revealed their ideas and pitched for investment at LaFactory, an organization dedicated to creating a link between startups and big companies.
Seedstars brings together the best tech startup talent from around the world, with a special focus on emerging economies. Competitions take place within each of these countries, with the eventual winner given the chance to pitch to global investors at the 2019 Seedstars World competition, providing these early-stage companies with invaluable exposure.
Tech startups Popaddress and Zalij Invent came second and third respectively in the competition. Popaddress is a marketplace that connects businesses with landlords for short term rental space, while Zelij Invent produces construction products such as pavers and tiles with a primarily plastic waste-based formula, according to Ventureburn.
Weego has now earned its place at next year’s Seedstars World Summit in Switzerland, which describes itself as the world’s biggest startup competition in emerging markets.
The tech startup provides a transit app which is currently in the beta-testing phase, with the aim of simplifying public transport within Morocco, making it possible for users to track buses and trams in real time while checking their arrival times. The app also allows users to find the closest available station locations when in unfamiliar areas, according to Seedstars.
The startup was chosen as the winner from the 65 tech startup finalists from around the world, earning a $500,000 investment from Seedstars as a result.
AgroCenta has developed a solution which empowers smallholder farmers through innovative technology, reports Ghanaweb.
They have done this by connecting smallholder farmers to an online market while creating a transportation and logistics solution that enables these farmers to sell their products and deliver them seamlessly.
The agritech firm was one of four African tech startups selected among the 12 finalists from the original group of companies representing the African continent.