5 African innovations disrupting traditional sectors

Business models are being disrupted across the continent with African innovations utilising mobile and tech. We take a look at the five ventures shortlisted for the AppsAfrica Disruptive Innovation Award 2018 

Fedgroup for Impact Farming 

Fedgroup’s Impact Farming lowers the barriers and allows all investors to participate in the lucrative sector of commercial farming. The global presence of mobile and the low entry costs for the app makes farming assets available to investors who previously would not have access to this sector. In addition, the mobile platform means that, apart from a 1% platform fee and payment of the service providers, the majority of the income goes to the asset owner.


By developing Artificial Intelligence healthcare systems that can be accessed via mobile or any other internet-connected device, minoHealth believes quality radiology can now be provided to a lot more people aiding the problem of shortage of quality radiologists in Africa.


BACE Group 

BACE is a platform helping financial institutions increase customer experience with facial recognition technology. BACE Group uses facial recognition technology to verify faces with known identities and optical character recognition technology to extract data out of ID document images which is then validated with an example use case of a redefined customer on-boarding process

NALA for NALA App 

NALA simply makes payments work, faster, simpler, more convenient and offline. The application which is free to use, works completely offline without any need for data or wifi.  Nala have done this by to leveraging USSD protocols to create an easy to use financial services app which consolidate a user’s financial accounts in one place. By keeping the service offline, Nala are able to facilitate transactions in rural areas and places with low/sporadic internet connection. By leveraging USSD technology with a simple, user-friendly interface customers transact 7x faster without using data (offline).

Zuoix for ZOOMED 

Car theft / Security in areas without or with expensive internet access. Zuoix uses basic SMS sent from any mobile phone (be it smart or not) to locate, immobilize, geofence vehicles. The service also measures speed, potholes entered and fuel consumption,  while an accident prediction system works completely on SMS with no connectivity required.

The AppsAfrica Awards supported by Uber, JET8¸ Syntonic, KaiOS and Mobile Monday South Africa (MOMO) provide winners with industry recognition, global publicity, and networking with 300+ industry peers at the Awards party in Cape Town on November 12th on the eve of AfricaCom. Category winners are also invited to Africa Tech Summit Kigali 2019 to join 400+ tech leaders from across the continent.

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