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.
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;
Brainshare 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 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
Jooist 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