SmartLab Tanzania has partnered with the Global Innovation Initiative Group (GIIG) to be the country director for Tanzania, representing the Global Startup Awards (GSA). The GSA is an annual recognition of the continent's most innovative and transformative entrepreneurs, focusing on green innovation this year. SmartLab Tanzania is a leading business incubator and accelerator.
The GSA awards' voting process runs through April 30 and identifies the best startups across various categories. Winners gain recognition for their solutions to some of Africa's most pressing challenges, access to global networks of leaders and investors, and opportunities for funding and new markets.
Several startups in Tanzania have been nominated across different categories for this year's awards.
Startup of the Year category:
Mipango Fintech Ltd,
For the Diversity Role Model of the Year category:
Hosiana Joseph Bryson.
The Best Newcomer category:
Hack it Consultancy,
Settlo Technologies Ltd,
Mipango Fintech Ltd, and
Shule yetu innovations.
The Founder of the Year category:
Bizy Tech Limited,
Smart Darasa, and
In the Agri Tech - Africa category:
Digital Mobile Africa,
Kuku Care Tanzania,
Wakulima Agri-Food Company Ltd,
Jema Africa Ltd, and
Bizy Tech Limited.
For Ed Tech - Africa:
Niajiri Platform Limited,
Shule Yetu Innovations Limited.
The Mobility & Logistics - Africa category:
The Best GreenTech category:
Energy Moto Ltd,
Settlo Technologies, and
Zaidi App. Finally,
The Best HealthTech category:
Africa Healthtech Limited,
Africa Healthtech Limited, and
Last year's awards saw two African companies, Kubik and Emata, take home prizes at the global competition. Kubik, a waste management firm from Ethiopia, won the Startup of the Year category. In contrast, Emata, a Ugandan fintech startup, won the Best Newcomer prize for its innovative approach to providing digital loans to smallholder farmers.
The GSA is a highly esteemed independent startup competition, providing valuable opportunities for young and innovative companies, such as exposure in the international arena, access to new markets, funding opportunities, and a global network of investors and industry leaders.
Co-founder Jo Griffiths emphasizes the importance of supporting startups across Africa to tackle pressing challenges and shape the future with technology and innovation.
As part of its mission to support innovation across the African continent, GIIG evaluates startup ideas from 55 countries through its participation in GSA Africa. The GIIG Africa Fund invests in the top 1% of GSA Africa nominees.
Public voting for the GSA awards is ongoing; winners will be announced in the coming months.
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