DEMO has released the names of the 40 start-ups that have qualified to launch their products on the DEMO Africa stage in
Topping the list is
According to the
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According to a statement signed by the Special Assistant to the Minister of Communication Technology on Media, Mrs.
Out of 12 categories for application, Nkanga said communication attracted the highest number of applications with 76 applications received, and the category would have the highest number of representation with 14 projects of the final 40 being in this category, it said.
She informed that the finance and banking would also have a good representation of eight out of 18 entries received.
Other categories that will have high representation on the DEMO Africa stage, according to her, include retail, health and education.
Start-ups, however, shied away from water and sanitation, and waste management and recycling. No entries were recorded for these two categories, an indication that stakeholders still had to work on entrepreneurs' confidence to encourage homemade solutions across all sectors, she noted.
Commending the African entrepreneurs, the Minister for Communication Technology, Dr.
"Realising the huge potential of the software industry, we have put in place a set of initiatives that will assist the tech startups to create successful businesses, which will directly create jobs and wealth."
The DEMO Africa Executive Producer,
He said, "We had really amasing entries this year, but unfortunately the DEMO Africa team can only accommodate 40 for now."
Hare said the high number of entries was inspiring, adding, "It only shows that entrepreneurs have risen above the fear of venturing into new waters to create new products."
He said, "This in itself shows that confidence levels in
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