Seedstars Accra Competition Showcases Talented Ghanaian Tech Startups

Written by Peter Pedroncelli

The Seedstars Accra competition takes place this week, with 11 Ghanaian tech startups from various sectors pitching for a chance to be the country’s World Summit finalist.

This Friday, Jul. 13, will see a selection of impressive tech startups from sectors including healthcare, fintech and consumer services take part in the Seedstars Accra competition at the University of Professional Studies’ Business Incubator Centre, according to SeedstarsWorld.

Running for the past five years, Seedstars World is the world’s largest startup competition in emerging markets, bringing together the best tech startup talent from around the globe.

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 in Switzerland, providing these early-stage companies with invaluable exposure and a chance to win $1 million in equity and other prizes.

Some of the startups involved in the Seedstars Accra competition include e-health monitoring company Redbird Health Tech, online investment and savings platform InvestXD, agritech management startup Agro Innova, and cryptocurrency platform Bit Sika Ghana.

Seedstars Accra
Ghanaian startups are using tech to improve the lives of their citizens. Photo – Flickr

Local Seedstars competitions have already taken place in four African countries, with the last being in Morocco last week.

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.

Before that events were held in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare, Cairo in Egypt, and the Tunisian capital, Tunis. The next African competition after Accra is scheduled to take place in Kigali on Jul. 20.

Seedstars Accra has a successful track record

Ghanaian startups will be particularly keen to impress the judges on Friday when pitching their businesses, as the most recent winner of the global competition came from Ghana, beating 64 other startups in the process.

Earlier this year at the 2018 Seedstars World Summit, Ghanaian agritech startup Agrocenta emerged as the winner in Lausanne, Switzerland, earning a $500,000 investment from Seedstars as a result, according to Techmoran.

AgroCenta has developed a solution which empowers smallholder farmers through innovative technology.

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.

The three others were GiftedMom from Cameroon, Medsaf from Nigeria, and South Africa’s EMGuidance.