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AFRICA CUP COMPETITION WINNERS

SPONSORED BY UNICORN GROUP

Africa Cup Competition Winner: 1st Prize

Tekwane Mwendwa

Asilimia scooped the biggest prize at the 2019 SA Innovation Summit when the won the Africa Cup. They walked away with a R5 million (US$350,000) investment offer from the Unicorn Group and three weeks of acceleration in Silicon Valley, Lagos or Budapest.

The company’s Co-Founder and CEO, Tekwane Mwendwa, says: “This will aid us in empowering informal and small businesses in Kenya, Uganda and South Africa, as well as other countries, with the ability to build wealth or protect the minimal resources that they have by creating better financial instruments for them.” Read more…

AFRICA CUP COMPETITION WINNER: 2ND PRIZE

Fabian Le Bourdiec

Fabian Le Bourdiec of Vegetal Signals won the second prize of the Africa Cup. Vegetal Signals develops sensors and analysis methods that allow continuous monitoring of plant activity to identify needs in terms of water, fertilization or phytosanitary treatments. The information produced by plants makes it possible to reach an unequalled level of precision in order to optimize the management of agricultural inputs, both in terms of quantities and positioning over time.

Africa Cup Competition Winner: 3rd Prize

Richard van Helden

The third prize of the went to Richard van Helden for Origin Dynamic Systems. They walked away with R1 million investment offer and one-week acceleration in South Africa.

Origin Systems is a legal software company providing specialist contract drafting, risk management and compliance solutions to many of South Africa’s largest companies. Developed by a team of lawyers and IT professionals over a period of eight years, the company’s Updraft solution uses legal algorithms and dynamic databases to mimic the legal drafting process followed by lawyers.

ANDZA COMPETITION WINNERS

SPONSORED BY SA SME FUND

ANDZA Competition Winner: 1st Prize

Orion Herman

Orion Herman represented LiquidGold Africa – an enterprise that produces unique gender neutral dry sanitation technology that collects and recycles urine to protect the aquatic environment and replenish the soils with a biological fertiliser – took top honours at the ANDZA Pitching Den receiving a R250 000 cash prize. Read more…

ANDZA Pitching Den Competition: 2nd Prize

Bandile Dlabantu

The second prize went to Bandile Dlabantu founder and MD of Khepri Biosciences a bioconversion module that takes household and production waste and uses insects to break it down into low cost animal feed for rural farmers. The innovation that won them second place. Here is a video of Khepri Biosciences on how they convert bio-waste into animal feed and industrial products >>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XP_kAPG6Lw

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ANDZA COMPETITION WINNER: 3RD PRIZE

Giancarlo Bruno

Giancarlo Bruno – Cape Town based Intelligent Safe Technologies, founded by Giancarlo Bruno’s win in the Seda Pitching Den gave him automatic entry into the ANDZA Pitching Den where he scooped the third prize. Intelligent Safe Technologies produces a smart, computer controlled, high security dispensing system for high value retail stock.

WINETECH COMPETITION WINNERS

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WINETECH COMPETITION WINNER: 1ST PRIZE

Fabian Le Bourdiec

In first place, Vegetal Signals received by Fabian Le Bourdiec – won R150 000 for business development in South Africa. Vegetal Signals develops sensors and analysis methods that allow continuous monitoring of plant activity to identify needs in terms of water, fertilization or phytosanitary treatments. The information produced by plants makes it possible to reach an unequaled level of precision in order to optimize the management of agricultural inputs, both in terms of quantities and positioning over time.

WineTech Competition Winner: 2nd Prize

Yves Matton

The second prize in the Winetech Pitching Den went to Yves Matton who founded UV Boosting. A technology that is developing a clean and affordable alternative to pesticides. UV BOOSTING patented technology enables to stimulate plant natural defenses, making them more resistant to pathogens and thus lowering the need for pesticides to protect the crop.

Matton says UV BOOSTGING was invited to a business trip to South Africa to find partners in the wine industry and the Winetech competition was a perfect match to meet the right people. The company is launching the sales of their first line of equipment and they plan to start a trial in South Africa in 2020. Read more…

WineTech Competition Winner: 3rd Prize

Sheila Storey

NemaBio took the third prize and received R50 000 for business development. NemaBio, founded by Sheila Storey, it’s a South African enterprise working towards formulating and registering the first indigenous nematodes for use in the fruit, vegetable and flower industries.

NemaBio produces natural pesticides in the form of microscopically small worms called entomopathogenic nematodes or EPNs for short i.e. worms that kill insects. Their products are being created in partnership with the leading minds in the local and international EPN research and the project is currently in an advanced stage. Read more…

PITCH & PERFECT COMPETITION WINNERS

SPONSORED BY SEDA

Seda Competiton Winner: 1st Prize Winner

Giancarlo Bruno

Cape Town based Intelligent Safe Technologies, founded by Giancarlo Bruno took the first prize. Intelligent Safe Technologies produces a smart, computer controlled, high security dispensing system for high value retail stock. His win in the Seda Pitching Den also gave him automatic entry into the ANDZA Pitching Den where he scooped the third prize.

Intelligent Safe is set out to solve the problem of armed robberies in retail tele-communications, says Director Giancarlo Bruno. Intelligent Safe was established to try to address the issue we have with armed robberies in the retail tele-communications sector. Effectively they try to apply their minds to come up with technological solutions to minimise the risk involved in retail. Read more…

SEDA COMPETITON WINNER: 2ND PRIZE WINNER

Siraaj Adams

The second place of Seda Pitch & Perfect went to Siraaj Adams, the co-owner of South Africa-based Iyeza Health. The business was originally founded in 2013 by his partner, Sizwe Nzima, as a bicycle delivery company called Iyeza Express that distributed chronic medication in the partially informal Cape Town township of Khayelitsha from health clinics to patients’ homes. The company has since evolved into a digital health provider with logistics capabilities. It focuses on the provision of HIV self-test kits and chronic medication to patients in low-income areas.

SEDA COMPETITON WINNER: 3RD PRIZE WINNER

Retang Phaahla

Retang Phaahla of Setsong Teas walked away with the third prize. Setsong Teas uses indigenous knowledge to make artisanal, hand crafted tea from wild harvested African flora. She was also the top awarded woman entrepreneur at the SA Innovation Summit and SEDA Pitch & Perfect competition, receiving technology incentives to the value of R 100 000.

The Setšong Tea range is inspired by traditional Bapedi medicines, from their home village of Sekhukhune, in Limpopo. These teas form part of the indigenous knowledge systems of this particular rural community and have been known for their exceptional health benefits and refreshing taste. Setšong works in collaboration with community elders, who are indigenous knowledge practitioners, to create a range of tea blends, using the region’s diya root and tepane leaf which are high in antioxidants and minerals.