11: A Seedstars Special and Afrika's Supercomputer


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Our main guests this week are Sayo Folawiyo and Arjun Khoosal who, along with Lucas du Toit, created the Seedstars South Africa Finals winner, IDWork. The C2C platform allows users to connect with artisans or ‘service providers’, manage their project using WhatsApp and provide a review once the job has been completed.

Balungile also caught up with Marcello Schermer, Regional Manager for Africa for Seedstars and Jayshree Naidoo, the Head of the Incubator at Standard Bank.

Congratulations to all ten startups that pitched at the finals. Learn more about them here:

  • Sort.d
  • Wumdrop
  • Crew Pencil
  • Pargo,
  • Guardian Angel Safety Solution
  • You, Baby and I
  • Vitls
  • UmoyAir Communications
  • Riovic

Dr Happy Sithole also joined the show to explain why Lengau, a supercomputer developed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and its partners, is important for Afrika’s development.

Notes

1. Subscribe to Emerging.news : A weekly newsletter about technology & startups in the developing world. Curated by Ajay Rajani & Team Inventure.

2. Seedstars World: Seedstars World promotes, connects and invests up to $1.5mn in emerging market startups through its exclusive startup competition in 60 countries.

3. IDWork: a platform that allows users to connect with artisans or ‘service providers’, manage their projects using WhatsApp and provide a review once the job has been completed.

4. Standard Bank South Africa Incubator: launched in order to speed up the growth and success of start-ups and early stage companies. Since its launch, it has also provided a platform for these companies to be mentored, trained and provided with business development support. Standard Bank is also in a position to assist incubated entrepreneurs with access to funding that would be difficult to secure without proven products and services.

5. Lengau - Afrika's Supercomputer by CSIR's CHPC: a super computer with processing speed capable of a thousand-trillion floating point operations per second.

6. Song: Cry Baby by Zuko Collective.

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