DEMO Africa is a flagship initiative of the LIONS@FRICA Partnership, launched by the United States Department of State in collaboration with Microsoft BizSpark, DEMO, USAID, and Startup Weekend. In recognition of the continent’s growing economic power, the event seeks to connect African startups to the global ecosystem.
The event has also attracted such prominent sponsors as Nokia, VC4Africa, CIO East Africa, Stuff Magazine, the Kenya ICT Board, the African e-Development Resource Centre, the Silicon Cape Initiative, iHub, and mLab Southern Africa among others.
Beyond being one of a dozen organizations on the Sponsors page, infoDev has made a mark on this year’s conference by spotting and supporting some of the region’s most promising startups ahead of the curve. This year, 9 startups out of the DEMO Africa Final 40 are either infoDev incubatees, Pivot 25 or Pivot East finalists, or trainees at mLab East Africa.
Some finalists from infoDev's mobile innovation network have designed marketable, inclusive solutions in the areas of mobile commerce and electronic education. They include mPrep Kenya, mPayer, CrowdPesa, eLimu, mTracker, mVerified, and Lipisha.