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Five African Startups Chosen to Advance to Global Finals in the 1776 Challenge Cup Competition

Winners selected from finalists from city competitions held across Africa; win trip to global finals with  $1M in Funding Opportunities


Washington, D.C. and Nairobi — Tonight, 1776, iHub and Nairobi Garage  in collaboration with World Bank’s network of Climate Innovation Centers, announced the five winners from the Nairobi Challenge Cup Regional Finals. These startups, chosen from hundreds of competitors from cities across the region, now move on to represent their countries on the worldwide stage at the Challenge Cup Global Finals in Washington, D.C. taking place in June.

Challenge Cup is an annual global tournament spanning over 50 cities and covering every continent, to find, fund and spotlight highly-scalable startups with potentially transformative solutions our world’s most pressing challenges. Held in partnership with Revolution and Global Entrepreneurship Network, the competition takes place in three levels — local competitions, nine regional finals and the global final to be held in Washington, DC in June 2016. High-growth startups compete for $1 million in cash prizes and funding, media opportunities and curated connections to mentors, corporate partners, policymakers, and potential investors.

The Nairobi event showcased both the city’s most compelling startups and the companies that advanced from local competitions held in Accra, Addis Ababa, Casablanca, Harare, Kampala, Lagos, and Pretoria. In addition to participating in the pitch event, competing startups also joined a two-day, pop-up accelerator program delivered by the 1776 CEO, industry partners such as World Bank, Philips and AWS,  and other key executives where the entrepreneurs receive pitch coaching and participate in roundtables with industry experts and one-on-one mentoring sessions.

“Africa is increasingly home to so many inspiring entrepreneurs who are building high-growth startups to bring solutions to some of our world’s biggest challenges,” said Donna Harris, co-founder of 1776. “I’m so pleased that we can give these extraordinary companies an opportunity to present their vision on the global stage and connect to the resources and relationships they need to be successful.”

The winners are as follows:

GoMobile: GoMobile’s team uses existing technologies to create innovative products that allow unconnected communities to enjoy the benefits of new technologies.

Moringa School Limited: Moringa School transforms proactive students who are passionate about technology into top mobile and web developers by providing a curated curriculum and expert teachers.

Hakeeme: Hakeeme is a wearable device that monitors construction workers’ health and provides anonymized reports of working conditions to government agencies. Hakeeme is designed to measure the pulse and body temperature of the wearer with the larger aim of improving the life of manual laborers in the Arab world and beyond.

Moldiag by Mascir: Moldiag by Mascir develops cost-effective molecular diagnostic kits for the detection and quantification of several predominant diseases in Morocco, such as cancer and viral infections.

Zeepay: Zeepay is a mobile money payment app with value added services. Zeepay enables users with mobile money wallets to pay for goods and services using their mobile money wallets at retail point of sale.

For more information about the Challenge Cup, click here.  

About 1776

1776 is a global incubator and seed fund that uncovers promising highly-scalable startups focused on solving the world’s most fundamental challenges and helps engineer their success. 1776 focuses on startups in the most broken, entrenched industries and sectors that impact millions of lives every day – specifically education, energy, health and cities. From its headquarters in Washington, D.C., it is sparking a global movement of high-growth startups driving meaningful innovation through its Challenge Cup and Startup Federation, the premiere network of incubators throughout the world. For information, please visit or follow us on Twitter @1776.

About iHub

The iHub catalyses the growth of the Kenyan tech community by connecting people, supporting startups, and surfacing information.

About Nairobi Garage

Nairobi Garage is a co-working space for startups, techies and entrepreneurs. With its mantra of “Connect, Co-work and Create” Nairobi Garage is actively encouraging an ecosystem of constant innovation, knowledge and resource sharing. Having opened its second space in Nairobi a couple of months ago, the Garage is now home to over 70 companies and has since become Africa’s largest co-working space.