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DEMO Africa thrusts startups to the international stage

Nine out of 40 finalists supported by infoDev

The stage is set for dozens of fledgling startups to vie for acclaimand funding opportunitiesat DEMO Africa, the premier yearly showcase of mobile innovation from the region, to be held in Nairobi, Kenya on October 24-26.

*Update: this story has been expanded to acknowledge Senegal's CTIC incubator presence at DEMO Africa.

For up-to-the-minute information on DEMO Africa, follow the event’s Twitter account and Facebook page, and track the hashtag #DEMOAfrica.

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.

In addition, agribusiness resource mLouma and digital agency People Input are incubatees at the infoDev-supported CTIC in Senegal.

As DEMO Africa develops, stay tuned for features on our beneficiaries, as well as commentary on some of the most striking innovations out of the event, on Twitter and Facebook.

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