PIVOT East an innovative startup conference geared towards nurturing entrepreneurs in East Africa, unveiled the winners of the 2015 competition.
Winners were selected from five categories, with four from Kenya and one from Rwanda. The startups are – DumaWorks, Shield Finance, Arifu, MakaraoTV and SafeMotos.
Mobile Finance Category
Shield (Kenya): Uses proprietary technology, leveraging on Mobile Money to offer under banked employees salary advances directly to their phones
Mobile Enterprise Category
Duma Works (Kenya): Connects growing companies to talent via an SMS-based job matching platform that ensures quality through a screening process
Mobile Entertainment Category
Makarao (Kenya): (slang for‘The Police’) a hilarious 2D animation series on YouTube with episodes ranging between 1-2 minutes, tackling social issues.
Mobile Society Category
Arifu (Kenya): An education market place where the world’s least served people find information they need from organizations they trust on any mobile phone
Mobile Utilities Category
Safemotos (Rwanda): Uses smartphone sensors to determine whether a moto taxi driver is more or less safe than average then connect customers to safer drivers
The five winners will receive a 12 months free service of up to Kshs 10,000 per month in Angani credits, while all the other finalists will receive a 3 months free service for up to Kshs 5,000 per month in Angani credits.