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Top 20 Tech Startups in Africa


 

Here are the 20 African tech startups that made the list:

MXit Founded in 2003 by Namibian tech entrepreneur Herman Heunis, Mxit is a mobile instant messaging utility which offers a wide range of services including social networking, mobile voice clips, music & entertainment, banking access and other community based applications. Through its own standard protocol, Mxit subscribers can also connect to other blog/africa-2″ title=”View all articles about africa here”>africa.com/technology-blog/social-networks” title=”View all articles about social networks here”>social networks and instant messaging applications such as Facebook, Google Talk, Yahoo, AIM and ICQ. It currently has over 30 million users. (Read more about MXit here)

Yola Founded by South African-born internet entrepreneur Vinny Lingham in 2007, Yola (formerly known as Synthasite) is a website builder which lets you create your own website with easy-to-use drag and drop multimedia features.

Dropifi Founded in 2011, Dropifi is a Ghanaian web messaging platform which helps companies better analyze, visualize and respond to incoming messages from contacts.

Cobi Interactive Cobi Interactive is a leading South African mobile software development company that provides mobile technology and strategy consulting for top African corporations.

FloCash FloCash allows anyone with an email address and mobile number to send and receive money across Africa simply and easily.

Obami Founded in 2009, Obami is a social network and learning management system for South African schools, teachers and students.

Bandeka Founded in 2011, Bandeka is an invite-only online community where well-educated Africans can connect with other equally successful professionals, thereby building lasting relationships over the long term.

Jobberman Founded in 2009, Jobberman.com is West Africa’s most popular job search engine and aggregator.

Motribe Motribe is a mobile platform enabling users, brands, agencies and publishers across the world to build and manage their own mobile social communities.

PesaPal PesaPal is a payment platform that enables Kenyans to buy and sell on the Internet using M-Pesa, Zap and Credit Cards.

Synaq Synaq provides messaging and security products built around open source solutions.

Rupu Rupu is a Kenyan daily deals website modeled after Groupon.

BongoLive Bonglive is Tanzania’s first and only targeted opt-in based SMS advertising service.

Skyrove Skyrove is South Africa’s largest independent Wi-Fi hotspot network with over 600 Wi-Fi hotspots in South Africa.

Njorku Founded in Cameroon, Njorku is a career and recruitment services platform focused on Africa.

Ushahidi Founded in Kenya, Ushahidi develops software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping.

SMSGH SMSGh, a Ghanaian startup, offers bulk SMS solutions, SMS Gateway solutions and mobile web solutions.

Hummba Hummba is a social and travel networking website that lets you download free audio travel guides and share travel experiences directly from your mobile phone.

10Layer A South African startup, 10Layer is a CMS system targeted specifically at newsrooms.

Sembuse Sembuse is a South African mobile social network & instant messaging platform similar to Mxit.

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