You are invited!
Friday 13 November 2020
09:30 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
As the first part of the Akro Township Tech & Innovation Accelerator comes to a close, we are happy to welcome you to join in on putting a spotlight to the 10 startups chosen to pitch.
The journey of a startup is difficult, no matter where you come from, and of course, coming from a township environment has its own challenges.
Early stage is particularly challenging and our emphasis is on guiding them towards a Nothing to Something -mentality.
So please join us in supporting townships startups, innovation and tech in South Africa and be inspired about the talent our country has to offer.
This is a partnering between individuals, private enterprise, corporate and government: the startups themselves who have reached out and are doing the work; Imvelo Ventures who have really embraced a practical and innovative Akro programme; The Technological Innovation Agency, who have backed Akro’s endeavours and Cell C, providing data for these startups so we can all do our work safely at a distance and reach the startups where they are around the country.
The 10 Startups chosen to pitch are:
The Top 10 Finalists (in no order of preference) are:
Thrift Online (Pty) Ltd – Thabiso Mongane
Betterfly Effect (Pty) Ltd/Nandi App – Boikanyo Chiloane
Ki-Agua (Pty) Ltd – Fundile Maqhekeza
Mifano Ya Mvua Investments – Mzomhle Mapatwana
SkyHigh Innovations – Ntando Ndimande
Sugar. Insure -Ntando Kubeheka
Thorough Capital (Pty) Ltd – Siphiwe Madlala
Agrikool – Zamokuhle Twala
Finder/Pozilink – Moeketsi Mashibini
RPA Nuggets – Tholang Mathopa
We could not do this without amazing mentors, coaches and experts, people who are in business, who know the really practical challenges faced by the startups and who give their time willingly and put their heart into developing those startups coming up behind.
Of special note, our thanks go to Lungelo Gumede from Excel@Uni; Jason Basel from EduOne; Tadeo Taguma from Prolog Projects.
As accountability partners, instilling discipline through weekly goal setting and reviewing was a key tool to significant change.
Akro Advisory App
This was also the soft launch of the Akro Advisory App, an incredible tool for the startups and experts to connect with each other and to get the right expertise at the time they needed it.
Furthermore a great tool for our stakeholders to review work done. Simple and elegant tech – Akro the ultimate startup ourselves. Thanks to the Akro team for an incredible product: Jason Basel, Whitney Tennant, Aadil Basday and Chris Tritton.
Last mention is for The Akro Podcast, giving sight into the Africa early stage ecosystem with our very own Chris Tritton. Please support us by listening and reviewing. The last session shows how the entire ecosystem is working hand in hand to support startup and growth of business in South Africa, with Alison Collier from Endeavor.