TechCrunch has announced the list of 200 exemplary startups out of thousands of applicants to feature in this year’s annual event, TechCrunch Disrupt 2022 Startup Battlefield, slated to hold in San Francisco from October 18 to 20.
From among these startups, 20 will be chosen to compete for TechCrunch’s $100,000 equity-free prize to help them scale up their ongoing work.
The startups selected are players in some of the emerging technology spaces. These include fintech, healthtech, bio-tech, Blockchain, Cleantech, Mobility, Future of Work, Retail, SaaS, Education, Climate, Space, AI, ML, Robotics, Security, Enterprise, HR, and Transportation sectors.
Of the total lot, Africa has four startups listed. Of the 4 African startups, Nigeria has a total of 3 while Ghana has one.
Here is a brief description of each:
The 4 African startups selected for TechCrunch Disrupt 2022
Founded in 2017 by Meghan McCormick and Dave Emnett, Oze is a fintech platform that provides digital recordkeeping tools with embedded finance products to MSME businesses across West Africa.
The company’s mission goal is to build 100 million profitable small businesses in Africa and its mobile platform makes it easy for these MSMEs to track sales, expenses and customer information, Oze currently claims to be the largest online community of MSMEs in Ghana.
Commenting on this selection, Meghan McCormick, Co-founder & CEO said,
Getting selected is an amazing opportunity to showcase the revolutionary tools we’ve been building with and for our customers in West Africa in the heart of Silicon Valley. It’s proof that the future will be built everywhere.Meghan McCormick, Co-founder & CEO.
Since January 2021, the Ghanaian startup has raised $3.7 million in pre-seeding rounds to help upscale its services and operations.
PressOne Africa (Nigeria)
Founded by Mayowa Okegbenle, PressOne Africa is a tech startup that provides businesses and individuals with professional phone numbers to facilitate smoother operations. This startup’s services are provided via a mobile application.
The mission goal is to allow entrepreneurs to coordinate the running of their business operations and communications without the interference and intertwining of personal communication, and to separate business from personal calls.
AltSchool Africa (Nigeria)
Founded in 2021 by Adewale Yusuf and Sultan Akintunde, AltSchool Africa is an ed-tech startup that aims to provide Africans with in-demand tech and employability skills to help them build their careers.
The startup’s mission goal is to solve the longstanding dilemma of talent shortage in the tech space, particularly with its flexible educational system. Disrupt Africa reports that four months after its launch, the ed-tech startup has received over 8,000 applications from students from 20 different countries for its School of Engineering.
In February 2022, the ed-tech startup raised $1 million in a pre-seed round with participation from local investors.
Founded in 2021 by Sanmi Olankanmi and Benjamin Oladokun, Shekels Mobiility, is a B2B credit financing and dealership management platform that helps small and mid-sized used-car dealerships manage their entire business.
The platform offers financial services to local dealers as well as the ability to conduct cross-border transactions by connecting virtual dealers with local dealers. The mission goal is to power used car dealership transactions and operations for Sub-Saharan African automotive retail SMEs.
Over the course of its operation, the startup claims to have worked with over 300 merchants and completed over 2500 transactions.
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