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Pivot East 2014 Winners

I know I am late in publishing this list, since the competition and conference ended last week. Pivot East was held at Panari this year, and the winners in the five categories were picked from a pitching contest in which five start-ups were shortlisted for each category.

Pivot east 2014 winners
Pivot East 2014 winners

Here are the winners of PIVOT East 2014

Mobile Society Category

SokoText (Kenya): SokoText uses SMS based pre-ordering service to make it easier for small mama mbogas (fruit and vegetable sellers) in slums to get their daily stock. SokoText is based in Mathare slum in Nairobi.

1st Runners Up: TotoHealth (Kenya). TotoHealth enables hospitals and organizations to communicate and provide targeted information on antenatal & postnatal care using low-cost phones.

Mobile Entertainment category

UbongoKids (Tanzania): Ubongo Kids is a multiplatform, interactive edu-cartoon with SMS interaction broadcasting on TV to kids in Tanzania and online for kids around the world. They are looking to expand across Africa and already have a deal with Startimes to kick this off.

1st Runners up went to Safari Tales (Kenya): Safari Tales is an edutainment android mobile application for children to access Digital African Narratives & learn African Languages. They currently have four complete stories available on the app.
Mobile Enterprise Category

A SiM Mobile (Kenya): ASim Mobile is a supply chain mobile solution integrated seamlessly with most popular accounting, ERP apps in the world.

1st runners up: Online Hisab(Ethiopia) a cloud-based accounting package for Ethiopian SMEs, who are looking for an affordable and easy to use accounting solution.

Mobile Finance Category

ChamaSoft (Kenya): A group management platform which manages administration of chamas, allowing them to concentrate on investment rather than administration.

1st runners up was Beyonic (Uganda): Beyonic seeks to eliminate cash by creating the best solutions that enable business to make payments using mobile money.

Mobile Utilities Category

Sendy (Kenya): A platform for on-demand errands. With the tap of a button, they instantly connect senders and riders and enable payments via mobile phones

(Note, I have actually used the Sendy app before, read my review here)

1st runners up were MaraMoja (Kenya) -Maramoja is Kenyan social enterprise dedicated to providing easy access to safe, reliable transport services through your mobile device.

The founders award went to Online Hisab a cloud-based accounting package for Ethiopian SMEs, who are looking for an affordable and easy to use accounting solution.

The winners of the competition will get funding amounting to 10,000 dollars per startup from m:lab East Africa. The funding will be split into two halves, the first being a $5,000 grant. The other $5,000 will be an investment which may be topped up by other investors

On the Tech Scene: Pivot East 2014 Semi-Finalists

Pivot East, an innovative startups competition geared towards nurturing the growing ICT talent in East Africa. In its 4th Edition (it has been running since 2011), below are the shortlisted candidates in the 5 categories that the competition runs in. For more, check out the Pivot East website:

1. Finance Category

Beyonic (Uganda): Aims to eliminate cash by creating the best solutions that enable  business to make payments using mobile money.

Bill-On (Kenya): Bill-on is a mobile application that enables users to pay multiple monthly bills all at the touch of a button.

ChamaSoft (Kenya): Is an investment group management platform which manages administration of chamas, allowing them to concentrate on investment rather than  administration.

Chura (Kenya): Chura connects mobile users to all networks and their services from a single SIM card.

Ensibuuko (Uganda): Leveraging mobile and web technologies to improve access to finance for small holder rural farmers.

FarmDrive (Kenya): FarmDrive connects smallholder farmers to people with disposable income that want to invest in agribusiness ventures.

Kadi (Kenya): Kadi is a mobile application that enables school going students to carry their pocket money and make purchases with the use of NFC technology.

Mchama (Kenya): Mchama is a mobile App that helps self-help groups (chamas) that do
table banking capture and keep their records timely and accurately.

Tevat ltd (Kenya): Tevat aims to give entrepreneurs a platform to leverage family, friends, chamas & existing base of fans/supporters to collectively raise capital in exchange for equity.

Valuraha ( Kenya): The Valuraha Trader is a platform that simulates the Nairobi Securities Exchange & the conventional investment instruments in Kenya

2. Enterprise Category

A SiM Mobile (Kenya) ASim Mobile is a supply chain mobile solution integrated seamlessly with most popular accounting, ERP apps in the world

Buymore (Kenya): Buymore offers student discounts that enhance user retail experience and push foot fall to merchants.

KejaHunt (Kenya): KejaHunt is an online property listing platform that helps you find a house and a roommate, and gives visibility to local businesses.

OffersAfrica.com (Kenya): Is a digital and dynamic marketing platform for businesses, which benefit from a dedicated platform to manage their marketing activities.

Online Hisab (Ethiopia): Online Hisab is a cloud-based accounting package for Ethiopian SMEs, who are looking for an affordable and easy to use accounting solution.

RTSOP (Kenya): RTSOP is an online and mobile-phone based platform that enables logistic companies which suffer empty return trips to commercialize return trips.

Sapama.com (Kenya): Sapama.com enables property agents to list and manage properties details such as tenants, landlords, tenancy, rent and utilities details.

Sootano (Kenya): Sootano provides a platform for Businesses and Freelancers to connect. It facilitates finding and contracting reliable service providers for jobs or projects

Sages Asset King (Kenya): Sages Asset King is a mobile app letting you do an efficient and paperless asset audit of tagged business assets via smartphone.

ThinVoid (Uganda): ThinVoid implements solutions & strategy that accelerate data collection.

3. Entertainment

Endiba (Uganda): Endiba provides the best in all local sport for every soccer lover. They provide you with league information such as league table, results, news and player profile

Epic (Kenya): Epic provides a three prong approach to moving the Media houses from in-effective shoot-and-miss online content delivery, to a structured measurable, cost-effective way of creating profitable digital content.

FunKe Science (Kenya): FunKe Science is a learning platform that seeks to teach science in a way that is both exciting and easy.

Jifunza (Rwanda): Jifunza builds digital experiences and games to expose the beauty, diversity and culture of Africa to the world to change negative stereotypes about the continent.

MapJam (Kenya): MapJam helps internet users find things & events with a dedicated search platform.

Muva Studios (Kenya): Muva Studios develops small engaging games for low-end devices and high end devices to cover the larger market.

Momentum Core (Kenya): Momentum Core develops simulation and entertainment games for the growing need by the environment around the globe.

Safari Tales (Kenya): Safari Tales is an edutainment android mobile application for children to access Digital African Narratives & learn African Languages.

Throughpass (Kenya): Throughpass is a soccer networking platform that empowers aspiring professional footballers to connect with coaches, agents/scouts and fans from around the world.

UbongoKids (Tanzania): Ubongo Kids is a multiplatform, interactive edu-cartoon with SMS interaction broadcasting on TV to kids in Tanzania & online for kids around the world.

4. Utilities Category

Askari (Uganda): ASKARI is a mobile/web/SMS platform that crowd-sources for crime data and provides users with information on security, updates on crime reports, dangerous crime zones and location of police stations.

CladLight (Kenya): CladLight presents a solution to motorcycle accidents using the Smart Jacket – a reflective jacket fitted with bright indicator lights.

Gari Sms (Kenya): GARI SMS links car buyer and seller using SMS. The seller registers the car details (including price) via SMS then puts a ‘GARI SMS sticker’ on the car. When the buyer spots the sticker, he knows the car is on sale. The prospective buyer then queries
the car details by sending the car’s registration number to an SMS shortcode which then sends the details as per the seller’s description.

Maramoja Transport (Kenya): Maramoja is Kenyan social enterprise dedicated to providing easy access to safe, reliable transport services through your mobile device.

Mafundi (Kenya): Mafundi is a web and mobile startup that connects home and office owners with broken items to the best technicians around to repair their items by selecting the best rated in their area then contacting them to fix their items.

Matserve Msafiri (Kenya): Matserve Msafiri is a road safety android app integrated with a web app to solve the challenges faced by stakeholders in the transport industry. The app facilitates reports on road menaces to mitigate against accidents caused by avoidable
human errors & impunity.

Mavazi (Kenya): Mavazi is an application that provides an easy way for users to digitally organize their closet and plan what to wear by cataloging and selecting from their items. They also get to share the styles they’ve put together with their friends and hear from
them.

ParcelSolution (Kenya): is a mobile based parcel notification solution that helps courier companies alert customers about the status of their parcels, when the parcels are on the way and when the parcels are available for collection.

Sendy (Kenya): Sendy is a platform for on-demand errands. With the tap of a button, you instantly connect senders and riders and pay via your mobile phone .

Shulewiki (Tanzania): Is a one stop school directory that helps education scholars to find the best school, view performance trends and get in touch with all schools. ShuleWiki gives you all the information on schools in Tanzania.

5. Society Category

Andrush Systems (Uganda): Findit is a communication tool that lets organizations reach their target community with pertinent, actionable and relevant information. In every case,Findit puts local-language SMS, voice messaging and other telecoms technology in the
hands of project managers and field leaders to efficiently send community members information that interests them.

AgrInfo (Tanzania): AgrInfo is mobile and web portal addressing the challenge of land ownership verification, solves land conflicts between villagers and investors using GIS by mapping the plots and using mobile GPS for surveying locations.

Benchcare (Kenya): Benchcare is a cloud based application modeled towards easing physician’s workflow. The software focuses on efficient administration and operation of small practices predominantly with the aim of maximizing productivity.

Moquestions (Uganda): Moquestion is an online question bank with a purpose of connecting learning institutions with people around the world.

mWakili (Kenya): mWakili is aimed at solving the problems which many Kenyans experience concerning Legal affairs. It helps the user to locate a law firm of his/herchoice and enables him/her to enquire about a particular case directly to the law firm. It also gives the users basic legal steps to follow when carrying out an activity e.g registering a company.

SokoText (Kenya): SokoText uses SMS based pre-ordering service to make it easier for small fruit and vegetable sellers in slums to get their daily stock. SokoText is a social enterprise based in Mathare slum in Nairobi.

Somo (Kenya): SOMO is an SMS service that delivers daily bible readings to members of the Catholic faith upon subscription.

SokoNect (Kenya): SokoNect uses mobile technology and the Kenyan County govt to reduce farmers post harvest losses and maximize profits by eliminating Brokers. SokoNect enables farmers to upload information about availability of their produce for
sale enabling buyers to prepare enough package materials.

TotoHealth (Kenya): TotoHealth enables hospitals and organizations to communicate and provide targeted information on antenatal & postnatal care using low-cost phones.

Zapmedic by Bitways Limited (Uganda): Zapmedia is an online medical appointment scheduling service with a primary goal of improving access to health care by helping patients find healthcare practitioners online in an easy and convenient way.

Pivot East 2012 Winners

Reblogged from the Pivot East Blog

The PivotEast competition has come to an end.

In order to understand how the judging panel came to the final decision here is a brief on how the judging was done. The finalists were awarded points by the judges, the investors and the coaches & mentors. Scoring by the judges accounted for 70% of the total points awarded and the remaining 30% was calculated from tally of points awarded by the investors and the coaches.

The overall winner was chosen by majority votes from the judging panel.

Contestants at Pivot East pitching their idea. Photo courtesy of CIO East Africa facebook page.


The Winners

(1) Financial Services Category:

Winner: SchoolBursar by Fomobi Solutions, – SchoolBursar streamlines the process of receiving and managing payments through M-Pesa. It performs real-time analysis and generation of reports for each student, sends reminders to parents and guardians who have fee deficits and alerts the administrator and principals of the same. The team is represented by Mwema Jacob, Kasomo M. Martin and Carol Muchai.

Competitors in that category were: Changamka, Pay4us, Mcollector, SchoolBursar and Chamapro

(2) Business and Resource Management Category:

Winner: EasyOrder by Afro Cyber Inc Solutions – an SMS based mobile ordering and supply chain management application developed to simplify the way customers order for goods from manufacturers and distributors. The team from Uganda consists of Billy Kaye, Gilbert Rutatiina, Damalie Muwonge, Warren Matovu and Festo Muwanguzi

Competitors in that category were: Wakili , Get-it App, Dairy Sacco App, Bei Nafuu App, Easy Order

(3) Entertainment Category:

Winner: Ma3racer by Planet Rackus- a racing game set on the busy Nairobi Highways. The team consists of Mwaura Kirore ,Duncan Aidoh Onyango, Joe Murithi Njeru, Roger Tenenmberger,Fred Kioko,Philip Ranja, Jimmy Gitonga and Kevin Maina

Competitors in that category were: TUBET, Ma3racer,Mingle, RunforAfrika, Tough Jungle

(4) Mobile Society Category:

Winner: Mprep- an sms study solution for students, teachers and schools. The team consists of Toni Maraviglia, Chris Asego, Kago Kachiri, Mike Milanya and Isaac Kosgei

Competitors in that category were: Mprep, Storyspaces, e-limu, mPoultry and Sarura

(5) Utilities Category: CrowdPesa

Winner: MafutaGo – a mobile and web application that helps users find the petrol station that best their needs. It displays a petrol stations location, the services the station offers, any special offers the station may have for its clients. The team consists of Ampaire Christine, Jjingo Kisakye, Remo Samuel, Jero Odur and Muranga James

Competitors in this category: Crowd Pesa, MafutaGo, 6ixDegrees,mTracker and M-verified

The overall winners for the competition is: Ma3racer

Pivot East: The Date is Rapidly Approaching

Pivot East is this year’s edition of the region’s premier mobile apps / developer competition conference held successfully in 2011 under the name Pivot 25. It will culminate in a pitching conference on 5th and 6th June 2012.

The competition has five categories, each with five finalists pitching to a rich audience for a 10,000USD prize money per category winner.

Pivot is an m:lab initiative to bring focus on the Mobile developer and entrepreneur community in East Africa. This year’s theme is Innovation and Enterprise.

The ticket price is Kshs 7,300 and can be purchased in a number of ways.

Here are the finalists in each category:

BUSINESS AND RESOURCE MANAGEMENT CATEGORY

Get-it! App
An App that Facilitates restaurant goers to know the location of restaurants on the go. By Sail Ltd

Dairy Sacco App
A mobile credit tool on agricultural cooperatives that provide inputs and merchandise to their members on credit against produce deliveries. By Infocentra Ltd

SMS Offline and Online virtual Market place
A platform that integrates money transfer and delivery of goods and services. By Bei Nafuu Ltd

Easy Order

SMS based ordering and supply chain management application that simplifies the way customers order for goods from manufacturers and distributors. By Easy Order Operations

SMS Based Health Insurance Members Verification

Verification system for health insurance of members when they go to access services at hospitals.By Multics Systems Co.Ltd

ENTERTAINMENT CATEGORY

TUBET
Enables users especially football fans to place and collect bets. By Squad Digital Ltd

Ma3racer
A racing game set on the busy Nairobi highways. By Planet Rackus Ltd

Mingle
A chat app by Dotideas Technology Ltd

Angry Kenyans
A satirical mobile game aimed at mocking the Villains in the daily life of Kenyans by Xema Labs Ltd

Tough Jungle
An action game app with an African jungle setting by Elan Telemedia Ltd

MOBILE SOCIETY CATEGORY

MPrep
An SMS-based study solution for students, teachers, and schools by M-Prep Ltd

eLimu
An ed-tech initiative that is focused on Primary School education by Elimu Foundation

StorySpaces
A digital storytelling portal by The Kuyu Project

mpoultry
Brooder poultry monitoring using a mobile phone by MLFocus (U) Ltd

Sarura
An application which provides weather updates and agricultural advice to farmers by Osca Connect Ltd

UTILITIES CATEGORY

Crowdpesa
Location based service that enables its users to find the nearest Financial and Retail services. By Space Kenya Networks Ltd.

Mafuta Go
Helps users find the nearest fuel stations with the prices and Services that best suit their needs, by AppsDivision Ltd

6ix degrees
A system that allows users to back up all their contacts and later restore them when need arises, by Binary Science Ltd

mTracker
An app that enables users manage security of their possessions by Fomobi Solutions

m-verified
An application for Verification of documents legitimacy by Mobilab Ltd

FINANCIAL SERVICES CATEGORY

MobiKash
A mobile commerce platform that is agnostic to mobile network operators by MobiKash Afrika Limited

mCollector
An App based on the use of Mobile Money to send bulk payment from a group to the MFI by Software Group Ke Ltd

Pay4Us
An App that unites mobile money and micro-finance by offering financial collaboration by Zege Technologies Ltd

SchoolBursar
Streamlines the process of receiving and managing payments at schools through M-Pesa by Fomobi Solutions

Chamapro
A platform that helps informal financial self-help groups and savings clubs digitize their information management and record keeping by Bityarn Consult Company Ltd

My Two Cents?

None of these ideas are new! Ideas are really worth nothing, it’s the action that counts. They are all good ideas, but they must be nurtured and there must be a business case for each. How the idea will be pitched to the judges will also matter a lot in selecting the eventual winner of USD 10,000 per category.

The winners of Pivot 25 last year were incubated at mLab, where in a year’s time they should have results to show for it. Have they? Did mLab carry out an audit of its ‘incubatees’ to see how well they are doing? Will this be discussed at Pivot East in two weeks time? We need to learn from the last year and see how we can improve this year. I’d like to see at least one success story present at this year’s Pivot East. Or 5 success stories!

About mShop

mshop.co.ke

M-Shop was one of the apps that won last year. It is a utility app for buying bus, movie, event tickets among others. Guess what? It is currently selling Pivot East tickets!

Get the app by going to mshop.co.ke/download and try it out today!

You can also follow the app on twitter @mshopKenya and like the Facebook Page for updates and offers.

Pivot East Competition and Conference

If you are a technology enthusiast, developer, journalist, blogger; by now you should have heard of Pivot East, the second edition of the mobile apps developer competition/conference that was held last year under the name Pivot 25.

The competition will end with the top participants pitching to an audience of investors and other stakeholders during the conference that will take place on 5th and 6th June.
The online registration process for developers and mobile entrepreneurs who would wish to take part as contestants will open on Monday 23rd January 2012 through the website www.pivoteast.com

The categories that one can register their app are:

  • Financial Services Category
  • Business and Resource Management Category
  • Entertainment Category
  • Mobile Society Category
  • Utilities Category

Please visit the website to understand what each category entails. This is of course, for the interested developers out there!