Twelve start-ups from the two East African nations will battle it out with 33 others on the African continent for the 2022 Africa Tech Awards scheduled to be held in Paris, France, from June 15-18, 2022.
The Viva Technology and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) have listed nine start-ups from Kenya and three from Uganda.
According to a joint statement by the two organizations dated May 2, 2022, Kenya has Duhqa, ImaliPay, Lipa Later, and Popote Pay in the Fintech category while Access Afya and Zuri Health have been listed in the Health Tech category, and Agrotech Plus, iShamba Ltd and Weee Centre in the Climate Tech category.
On the other hand, Uganda has eMaisha Pay, Primed E-Health, and Easy Matatu start-ups in the Fintech, Health Tech, and Climate Tech categories, respectively.
Kenya and Uganda are among countries whose tech start-ups have the biggest impact potential in Africa.
The two neighboring countries rank among 15 African countries whose financial, health and climate-linked start-ups have the biggest impact potential in Africa.
Other African countries whose start-ups are participating in the competition include Benin, Cameroon, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia, and Zambia.
A total of the top 45 start-ups from the continent have been long-listed for this year’s award.
The event is seeking to honour three start-ups each from the Financial Technology (Fintech) category, Health Tech Category, and Climate Tech Category.
Viva Tech is the biggest start-up and tech event in Europe that is recognized worldwide as a powerful catalyst for business transformation, start-up growth, and innovation for the common good.
Since 2016, VivaTech has brought together the world’s top business leaders, start-ups, investors, researchers, and thinkers for a unique experience combining inspiration, networking, and a showcase for innovation in Paris.
Starting with the 2021 edition, VivaTech is now enriched with a digital platform that connects a global community of innovators.