Forbes – Top 20 Startups in Africa

2012 February 9

The February 2012 edition of Forbes Africa contains their list of Top 20 Start-ups in Africa:

Checkout the list below, do you agree with the listed companies, do you think some were missed out? Let us know in the comments.

1. MXit

  • Founded: 2003
  • Country: South Africa
  • Description: MXit was one of the first Mobile Instant messaging services in the world and in Africa, and has a userbase of about 45m.
  • Website: http://www.mxit.co.za

2. Yola

 

  • Founded: 2007
  • Country: South Africa
  • Description: Yola is a simple website builder and hosting service, that allows anyone without any HTML skills to easily create websites.
  • Website: http://www.yola.com

3. Dropifi (Ghana)

  • Founded: 2011
  • Country: Ghana
  • Description: Dropifi assists businesses better respond to incoming messages via their website, and also includes analytics for website owners.
  • Website: http://www.dropifi.com/

4. Cobi Interactive

  • Founded: 2009
  • Country: South Africa
  • Description: Cobi interactive is a mobile software development company with clients
  • Website: http://www.cobiinteractive.com/

5. FloCash

  • Founded: 2010
  • Country: UK
  • Description: FloCash allows anyone with an email address and mobile number to send and receive money across Africa simply and easily.
  • Website: https://www.flocash.com

6. Obami

  • Founded: 2009
  • Country: South Africa
  • Description: Obami is a social network and learning management system for schools, teachers and students
  • Website: http://www.obami.com

7. Bandeka 

  • Founded: 2011
  • Country: Ghana/Nigeria
  • Description: Bandeka is an exclusive social network, for building relationships/dating.
  • Website: http://www.bandeka.com/

8. Jobberman 

  • Founded: 2009
  • Country: Nigeria
  • Description: Jobberman is west africa’s most popular job and placement website.
  • Website: http://www.jobberman.com/

9. Motribe

  • Founded: 2011
  • Country: South Africa
  • Description: Motribe is a mobile platform enabling users, brands, agencies and publishers across the world to build and manage their own mobile social communities.
  • Website: http://www.motribe.co.za

10. PesaPal

  • Founded: 2009
  • Country: Kenya
  • Description: PesaPal is a payment platform that enables Kenyans to buy and sell on the Internet using M-Pesa, Zap and Credit Cards.
  • Website: https://www.pesapal.com/

11. Synaq

  • Founded: 2004
  • Country: South Africa
  • Description: Synaq provides messaging and security products built around open source solutions.
  • Website: http://www.synaq.com/

 

12. Rupu

  • Founded: 2010
  • Country: Kenya
  • Description: Rupu is a daily deals website modeled on groupon.
  • Website: https://www.rupu.co.ke

13. BongoLive

14. Skyrove

  • Founded: 2006?
  • Country: South Africa
  • Description: Skyrove  is South Africa’s largest independent Wi-Fi hotspot network with over 600 Wi-Fi hotspots in South Africa.
  • Website: http://www.skyrove.com/

15. Njorku 

  • Founded: 2011
  • Country: Cameroon
  • Description: Njorku is a career and recruitment services platform focused on Africa.
  • Website: http://www.njorku.com/

16. Ushahidi 

  • Founded: 2007
  • Country: Kenya
  • Description: The only non profit on this list, ushahidi develops software for information collection, visualization and interactive mapping.
  • Website: http://ushahidi.com/

17. SMSGH

  • Founded: 2005
  • Country: Ghana
  • Description: SMSGh offers bulk SMS solutions, SMS Gateway solutions and mobile web solutions
  • Website: http://smsgh.com/

18. Hummba

  • Founded: 2011
  • Country: South Africa
  • Description: 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.
  • Website: http://www.hummba.com/

19. 10Layer

  • Founded: 2011
  • Country: South Africa
  • Description: 10Layer is CMS system targeted specifically at news rooms.
  • Website: http://10layer.com/

20. Sembuse (Kenya)

  • Founded: 2009
  • Country: Kenya
  • Description: Sembuse is a mobile social network & instant messaging platform similar to Mxit
  • Website: http://www.sembuse.com/
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