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How to participate in Pivot East 2019.

PIVOT East

March 12, 2019

 Eligibility, Criteria and Intellectual Property

PIVOT East is a startup competition and conference held annually since 2011. PIVOT East has officially opened the call for applications for its 2019 edition and will continue to accept applications until midnight EAT on 13th April 2019.

Startups from across the region that meet the requirements can start applying for the competition. Startups may join the competition here

Eligibility criteria:

  • Participating startups must be domiciled in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, South Sudan and Somalia.
  • Entries to the competition will be considered to be startups as per the universal definition of a “startup”* or a startup company (*as done below)
  • Participants must fill the co-founder’s details, startup profile and startup details. 
  • Participating startups must also indicate details of at least two members of their team in their application profile
  • Companies that reached final 25 lists of previous PIVOT East competition cannot compete with products/services previously submitted for the competition, the judging panel will have the discretion to disqualify entries in breach of this requirement.
  • Competitors selected to the final 25 must have set up a legal entity (business name, limited company etc) for their business by the time the call for application closes. Competitors with legal entities already set up will have an added advantage at all judging stages.
  • Decisions of the judging committees at all competition stages will be final.

How to enter the competition:

Make sure you have a venture profile published on the VC4Africa platform

Startups that meet the eligibility criteria may enter their application into the competition through the following steps:-

  1. Go to VC4Africa platform and set up your startup profile HERE
  2. Curate your Startup profile according to given profile headings: Co-founder’s details, Startup profile and Startup details. 

Applicants are advised to use all components available under the profiles section to best describe their strengths and potential for growth.

What is a startup?

For purposes of PIVOT East competition, the definition that “a startup company or startup is a company or temporary organization designed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model” will apply. The competition will accept treatment of innovative software and hardware solutions fronted by companies that otherwise have other solutions as separate startup entries. This will be on the expectation that the innovative solution entered in the competition can be:

  • New products/services by new startups
  • New products/services by former Pivot East finalist
  • Spin-offs from existing companies with the potential/intention to grow into a separate autonomous company.

Intellectual Property and visibility of Startups’ information:

Information submitted through the PIVOT East competition application process and the associated intellectual property belongs to the startups. The information will be visible to organizers of PIVOT including the judging panels for purposes of identifying the best startups to showcase and support through the competition only.

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Waabeh makes it to the finals of VentureOut Internalization Challenge

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October 18, 2013

Discovering African audio content buying has been a problem for a while now. International solutions do not address the local market and even those that have the content don’t have payment solutions that make it easy for local purchases. There is almost no discovery, distribution, monetization, collation and marketing of African content to the scale achieved with external media

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Waabeh, Africa’s audio market place (music & online-radio) solves the problem of discovery and distribution of audio content from the continent. Currently Waabeh is available on the Web, and as native apps for Android and Windows 8, all with delightful and easy to use design that takes the headache out of discovering new as well as vintage African sounds and puts the focus back on what is important; hearing what you love.

Since inception to date, Waabeh has over 8,000 downloads, with 1,500 plus registered users, over 227,000 users plays/strems music on their website and over 1000 downloads on google play and Samsung App store.  75% of the content is premium.

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The team, from left; Jeff maina Lead Designer, Tim Rimbui COE and King’ori Maina CTO

Recently Waabeh applied for an international challenge called VentureOut Internalization Challenge which is an initiative of infoDev  and CRDF Global to propel expansion-ready mobile entrepreneurs into enticing international markets. The program helps entrepreneurs through hands-on training, virtual learning opportunities, mentorship, international exposure, and seed funding.

Waabeh is the only startup from East Africa that made it to the finals of the challenge. They will be competing against 12 other startups from all over the world for $10,000 in seed funding in the Dragon’s Den in Chisinau, Moldova during an international mobile meeting on 30th – 1st November. For more information on ventureOut Challenge, visit their website

For more information on Waabeh, visit their website, you can also check out their android app here and Android app demo here.

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Eneza Education Scoops an Award at the GIST Tech-I Competition in Malaysia

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October 18, 2013

Gist-finals-150x150Eneza Education scooped an award at the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) which was held on October 12, 2013 in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Held for the third time,  Global Innovation Science through technology is an initiative of CRDF Global and other partners to  help launch ideas or grow businesses of most promising entrepreneurs in these emerging economies through seed funding, training, networking and by providing mentoring from the best entrepreneurs in the world, angel investors, and venture capitalists.

Eneza Education which is currently incubated at m:lab East Africa made it to the finals competing against 15 other startups in the startup category. Eneza Education emerged Runners up in the competition receiving a grant of  $10,000.

The summit awards top ventures in startup and Idea stage categories. The awards filters entrants of the competition in two stages which includes expert review and public participation through online voting. Prior to the summit, GIST alumni undergo a mentorship, training and pitching program.

Since inception, Eneza Education has won several accolades which includes Pivot East 2012 competition where they emerged First in the mobile society category and the Milken PennGSE 2012 , an Education Entrepreneurship Competition where they also emerged first.

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Eneza Education was formed with an ultimate aim of solving problems that lead to students failing, Eneza connects students to study tools, teachers and parents to data to help their children improve, and educational leaders to resources. Most importantly, they are creating a network in which the dialogue around student learning grows, enticing schools to collaborate and compete. For more information about Eneza Education visit their website.

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UpStart Africa Nairobi auditions are here!

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October 17, 2013

Over the last two weeks UpStart Africa has toured Kisumu and Mombasa looking for creatives, developers and marketers to join the inaugural Kenyan tech based business reality TV show that premiers mid November. Most people think that all talent in the country is based in Nairobi, the auditions have told a different story. The turnout has been

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great and the contestants have been nothing but impressive.

Upstart Africa’s vision is to use television to inspire thousands of young people across Africa to take up technology and entrepreneurship as a viable alternative to job seeking. Participants on the show will form teams each made up of three individuals with different skill sets that complement each other.

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Upstart Africa Kisumu Auditions at Tom Mboya Labour College Kisumu

The teams will then work on ideas that use tech to solve real world problems. Mentors will guide the teams along each step. A panel of VCs will act as the elimination panel. The winning team wins $50,000 investment.

On Saturday (19th) and Sunday (20th) of October 2013 the Nairobi auditions will take place at the

Kenya National Theatre. Interested individuals can sign up for the auditions by going to http://auditions.upstartafrica.tv.

If you have any queries feel free to contact the Upstart team through;

Twitter handle @upstartafricatv or

Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/upstartafrica).

This article is written by the Upstart team

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Waabeh in the Finals of VentureOut Challenge

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October 2, 2013

WaabehWaabeh from Kenya made it to the finals of VentureOut Internalization Challenge. Waabeh is Africa’s audio marketplace [Music & online-radio] solving the problem of Discovery and Distribution of Audio Content from the continent.

Thirteen International startups have been announced as finalist in the mobile application internationalization contest challenge with Waabeh from Kenya representing East Africa. The finalists will receive

ongoing mentoring from exceptional entrepreneurs and investors from around the globe who have experience building companies and taking them global.

The finalists will compete before a live audience and a panel of mobile experts for $10,000 in seed funding in the Dragon’s Den in Chisinau, Moldova during an international mobile meeting organized by infoDev of the World Bank on 30th – 1st November.

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VentureOut Challenge is an initiative of infoDev and CRDF Global to propel expansion-ready mobile entrepreneurs into enticing international markets. The program runs from August to November 2013 and helps hundreds of entrepreneurs through hands-on training, virtual learning opportunities, mentorship, international exposure, and seed funding. For more information on VentureOut Challenge, visit their website.

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Pivot East Finalists makes it to Semi-finals of VentureOut Challenge

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September 18, 2013

Semifinalists for the VentureOut Internalization Challenge, have been announced. The mobile application internationalization contest challenge attracted 113 submissions from 19 countries, East Africa having 20 submissions – 13 from Kenya, 5 from Tanzania and 2 from Uganda.

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 24 startups have been selected to the semifinals out of which 12 finalists will be selected. The startups will go through a mentorship program and use the feedback from the VentureOut judges and their mentors to upgrade their applications by September 24th for another round of judging. The top 12 finalists will be announced on October 2nd.The finalists will compete for $10,000 in seed funding in the Dragon’s Den in Chisinau, Moldova during an international mobile meeting organized by infoDev of the World Bank on 30th – 1st November

 Three Pivot East 2013 finalists made it to the semifinals of the VentureOut challenge. The startups include;

 brainshareBrainshare is an academic application that enables students to easily access ebooks, notes and past papers to help them revise and get ready for exams. BrainShare addresses the problem of poor content access by students in Ugandan schools. This is done by ensuring that notes, past papers and ebooks can be supplied to students easily and also enable student collaboration. For more information view their full profile on startups.pivoteast.com here or you can also visit their website www.brainshare.ug

Ma3Route 2 LogoMa3route is a mobile/web/SMS platform that crowd-sources for transport data and provides users with updates on traffic, directions and driving reports. Ma3Route has hit the streets by a storm with over 5,800 followers on Twitter, more than 25,000 posts on the platform, 1,500+ downloads from the Google Play Store, and 6.5+ million serviced requests. Ma3route was one of the winners of Pivot East 2013 in the utility category. For more information on ma3route view their full profile on startup.pivoteast.com here or you can also visit their website www.ma3route.com

JooistJooist is a social gaming network for mobile phones. It enables users to discover, play and share high quality mobile game apps in low to medium end devices. Their revenue model is mostly ad-funded but they have a paid component to it for premium titles. Jooist has strategic partnerships with three of the largest device manufacturers that they use to distribute and monetize the apps via white-label offerings. For more information on Jooist view their profile on startups.pivoteast.com here, you can also visit their website www.jooist.com

 Other startups that made it to the semifinals from East Africa are;

 Waabeh is Africa’s audio marketplace [Music & online-radio]  solving the problem of Discovery, Discovery and Distribution of Audio Content  from the continent. Currently Waabeh is available on the Web, and as native apps for Android and Windows 8, all with delightful and easy to use design that takes the headache out of discovering new as well as vintage African sounds and puts the focus back on what is important; hearing what you love.

Xcommodity is an online commodities market and auction house. It has been designed to complement and enhance the movement of commodities across continents and balance global supply and demand for raw materials with the goals and needs of developing economies.

VentureOut Challenge is an initiative of infoDev  and CRDF Global to propel expansion-ready mobile entrepreneurs into enticing international markets. The program runs from August to November 2013 and helps hundreds of entrepreneurs through hands-on training, virtual learning opportunities, mentorship, international exposure, and seed funding. For more information on ventureOut Challenge, visit their website www.ventureoutchallenge.org

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Apply for VentureOut Internationalization Challenge

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August 23, 2013

hlNGOaCT-7RHFkwUe4LjLsJ4YS6vbH4iDzojjl5Hq0UDo you want to propel your app to new geographies? VentureOut Challenge is giving an opportunity to developers to go global with their applications. VentureOut is an initiative to propel expansion-ready mobile entrepreneurs into international markets.

VentureOut Challenge which is sponsored by infoDev in partnership with CRDF Global will runs from August to November 2013. The program will help hundreds of entrepreneurs through hands-on training, virtual learning opportunities, mentorship, international exposure, and seed funding.

Entrepreneurs will prove themselves through sharing their apps’ current success and potential and plans for future growth into new markets. Top mobile app entrepreneurs from 31 countries will compete in the VentureOut Challenge to enter the Dragon’s Den in Chisinau, Moldova during an international mobile meeting organized by infoDev of the World Bank.

The top 12 entrepreneurs from the competition will meet in Moldova October 30-31, 2013 for the Dragon’s Den, a pitching exposition to compete for $10,000 in seed funding. One selected VentureOut entrepreneur will also get a chance to attend TechCrunch’s Disrupt Europe event in Berlin October 26-29 2013.

m:lab East Africa will provide mentorship and training to the selected startups from East Africa on topics listed as needs for startups.

Apply here!

In order to participate in the competition, eligible applicants must submit an application online that consists of a Mobile App Internationalization Summary here. The deadline for submission of applications is on 2nd September 2013.

For more information on VentureOut Challenge visit their website here

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Pivot East 2013 Day One

PIVOT East

June 26, 2013

The first day began with a bang, with powerful presentations from the finalist in the Mobile Society, Enterprise and Entertainment categories. The battle today was between Kenya and Uganda with two categories Society and Entertainment having two finalist from Uganda and three from Kenya while Enterprise category saw four finalist pitch from Kenya and one from Uganda.
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There were two interesting fireside chats that featured big names in the East African region technology scene. The chats were moderated by Joyce Tonda. The first chat “The regional mobile market place (subscriber base) and the opportunities it presents for entrepreneurs.” featured MTN Uganda – Mr.Phrase Lubega, Cellulant – Ken Njoroge, Facebook, Nicola D’Elia, Savannah Fund- Mbwana Alliy, Qualcomm- Gilles Fayad and Musoni- Vincent Van Dugteren. The second chat was “The role of the regional mobile ecosystem in discovering and supporting the next wave of high growth mobile startups” that had these panelists: Etienne Deguine – Google, Stephen Musoke – Thoughtworks, Emobilis – Ken Mwenda and Samsung – Simon Kariithi.
Fireside chat
Today the stage is set for a showdown between finalists from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania in the Mobile Utility and Finance categories. Tomorrow we are expecting fired up fireside chats on “How can we raise the quality of mobile startups in the region and their investability” and “Role of innovation in driving the regional economy (To sustain the push towards having mobile innovations high in the agenda of regional governments, corporates and development agencies.)” that will feature iHub- Erik Hersman, Nokia East Africa- Moses Sitati, CEMM Group- Michael Niyitegeka, Isis Nyong’o, Ed Simnett- Prince Street, Intel Corporation – Agatha Gikunda, James Saaka – NITA-U, VISA Rwanda – Mark Pickens, CGAP- Camillo Tellez and UConnect- Daniel Stern.
You can follow pivot us on facebook: Pivot East and or Twitter @PivotEast, or watch the event live on our website. Join in the conversations on social media using #PivotEast

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Pivot East 2013 is finally here! the battle lines are drawn

PIVOT East

June 24, 2013

pivoteast_logoPivot East 2013 is finally here. With only a few hours left to the conference, the organizing team is working on final details of the event while on the other hand finalists are rehearsing their lines for the big stage. The audience this year will be rich with investors, development partners, telecoms operators and other industry players from East Africa and Across the globe. Sheraton Hotel in Kampala Uganda will provide the big stage on 25th and 26th June.

 Between teams from Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda the battle lines are already drawn. One of the most interesting battle to watch will be in the Finance category. In an notable departure from past trends where Kenyan startups dominated presence in all categories. Kenya does not have a single representative in the Mobile Finance category.

The curtains will close down on 26th June with a fierce battle between two Tanzanian startups Go Finance and TiME tickets pitted against Uganda’s Inforex, Mduka and Intelworld. Stiff competition between Kenyan and Ugandan startups exists in all other categories. The Mobile Society category will be the first category on the big stage, followed by Mobile Enterprise category, another category with stiff competition. A complete programme of the conference can be found at the Pivot East Website.

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We have  a number of speakers who will be participating in 4 fireside chats titled;

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  • Role of innovation in driving the regional economy (Are there mobile innovations high in the agenda of regional governments, corporates and development agencies.)

The ticket price is $100, you can purchase your ticket here, at Outbox Hub Uganda or on the morning of the 25th June at Sheraton Hotel. The event will be streamed live on the Pivot East Website. The address of the live stream page will be announced at midnight.

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Mxit's Andy Volk Confirmed As Keynote Speaker for PIVOT East 2013

PIVOT East

June 21, 2013

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Andy Volk, Mxit’s VP of Apps & Developer Relations

We are super excited to have seasoned technology guru Andy Volk as a Keynote speaker for PIVOT East 2013 next in Kampala on the 25th and 26th June 2013 at the Sheraton Kampala. Andy is the Vice President of Apps and Developer Relations for Mxit, the South African Stellenbosch-based company running Africa’s largest social network, where he is responsible for building

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the ecosystem of applications and developers using Mxit’s open developer APIs and virtual currency platform. Andy has led a range of pioneering web products over the last 13 years, including products at Yahoo! (music, video-on-demand, video player platform, and video search), LOYAL3 (direct-to-consumer company stock purchasing via Facebook), Scour.com (Internet broadcasting and peer-to-peer technology), and Kongregate (social gaming and community site for gamers and game developers). His early startup experience includes inventing and launching Live365.com in 1999, which grew exponentially to become the Internet¹s second-largest broadcaster with over 2.7 million annual tuning hours.  

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