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Celebrating Innovators In Africa

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Startups, Non Profits, and Big Businesses in sub-Sahara are tackling a range of challenges, from shopping to social good. FastCompany, the US online tech and innovation magazine has selected the most promising ten African companies.

All Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda.  All ten companies chosen by FastCompany are frontrunners of progress Made in Africa. But TheNewAfrica is extremely happy for Chris PruijsenDanielle ReidDean Rotherham of, a startup that has been founded at the StartupbusAfrica on the road from Harare / Zimbabwe to Cape Town / South Africa, a young company with a social impact.

1. IHUB, Kenya

For connecting, amplifying, and accelerating Africa’s tech community. Erik Hersman’s iHub has become an important resource for Kenya’s tech community. … It has led to the launching of 150 companies, many of which are dedicated to finding technological solutions to Africa-specific problems. iHub on Facebook and @ihub on TwitterRead more here.

2. SANERGY, Kenya

For bringing sustainable sanitation to Sub-Saharan Africa. More than 12,000 people living in Kenya’s slums are now receiving daily portable toilets containing toilet paper, sawdust, soap, and water. Sanergy on Facebook and on TwitterRead more here.


For fostering a new generation of farmers in Africa. The model is simple, but the impact is huge. One Acre Fund provides farmers seed and fertilizer on credit, delivers the materials nearby for pickup, trains the farmers to use them, and helps them sell the harvests. One Acre Fund on Facebook and on TwitterRead more here.


For betting on U.S.-style commerce in Africa. This venture firm has launched more than 100 companies in Africa since its founding in 2007. Among its efforts: online food delivery with FoodPanda, real estate with Lamundi, hotel booking with Javogo, and Amazon-like shopping with Jumia. Rocket Internet on Facebook and on TwitterRead more here.

5. KONGA, Nigeria

For making the online shopping experience more secure. On Konga’s recently launched Marketplace, electronics to clothing to home appliances and beyond are available for secure online purchase–with more than 200,000 products on offer. Konga on Facebook and on TwitterRead more here

6. STERIO.ME, Nigeria

For taking the infrastructure out of education. The young startup is rolling out a trial of its mobile e-learning service to 75 schools in Nigeria. The service uses SMS messages that give students access to material and lessons they listen to outside the classroom. on Facebook and on TwitterRead more here.

7. UPENERGY, Uganda

For making it safer to cook in rural Africa. Millions of people in rural Uganda are still using inefficient and dangerous means of cooking, like three-stone fires and kerosene. UpEnergy has set out to make available safer, greener, and more efficient cookstoves, water purification technologies, and solar lights. Read more here.

8. DAPTIO, South Africa

For championing the new wave in education: adaptive learning. With online education becoming more prevalent, the next step for many platforms is to shirk the typical lecture format in favor of an adaptive learning one. Read more here.

9. PREPCLASS, Nigeria

For preparing the next generation. Another education-oriented company on the list, PrepClass is an online portal for students preparing for standardized tests in Nigeria such as the JAMB, WAEC, GCE, or NECO. PrepClass on Facebook and on TwitterRead more here.

10. AWEZA, South Africa

For connecting a scattered society. With more than 11 official languages in South Africa, Aweza is looking to bridge the gap between the segmented communities in the country and lessen the language barrier. Aweza on FacebookRead more here.