Pivot East, East Africa’s Premier Mobile Startups Competition and Conference kicks off tomorrow

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Pivot East is East Africa’s premier app mobile startup pitching competition held annually since 2011 and this year will be held at Sheraton Kampala hotel in Uganda. The two day event will be attended by investors, development partners, telecoms operators and other industry players from East Africa and
Across the globe.

 Andy Volk the Vice President of Apps and Developer Relations for Mxit has been ear marked as the the Keynote speaker. Mxit is the South African Stellenbosch-based company running Africa’s largest social network.


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The Finalists of Pivot East 2013 listed by category are as follows:

Mobile Finance Category

  1. GO Finance Company Ltd: GO, leverages business value chains & technology to provide MSMEs at the base of the pyramid.- Tanzania
  2. Inforex Africa: Inforex,platform enabling
    communication and forex trading between Forex Bureaus and offers current
    Forex information to the public.-Uganda
  3. M-Duka Ltd: M-Duka, an online virtual
    products platform that allows users to purchase or retail virtual
    products using their mobile phones.- Uganda
  4. DEPHICS Ltd: TiME, a mobile application aimed at enhancing purchasing and payment of tickets from any location and at any time.-Tanzania
  5. intelworld Ltd:  A solution that
    integrates into major payments providers to enables businesses to
    transact online , using feature phones (USSD and SMS) and offline using

Mobile Enterprise Category

  1. SleepOut.com: SleepOut, SMS-driven booking process connects both commercial and peer-to-peer hosts with guests and agents.-Kenya
  2. SchoolMaster Solutions: An information
    portal for parents and school administrators, available as a web
    application as well as a mobile app for Android devices.- Uganda
  3. echorest Technologies Ltd: echorest, an
    android application that is a real-time,proximate-based buyer-powered
    market place that tries to connect buyers and seller through sms and
    email. – Kenya
  4. Mank and Tank : Virtual Classrooms on
    mobile devices that allow users to access educational material,create
    digital content,present & share info. – Kenya
  5. Binary Logic: Meka,a mobile and web
    product and price reference platform that gives you information about
    anything you would like to buy, capability to order online, as well as
    GPS direction to the store. Uganda

Mobile Society Category

  1. Kytabu: Kytabu, is a micro-leasing
    textbook subscription application that enables students to get just the
    material they need to learn, when they need it, wherever they are and
    pay for just that piece of content while they have it. – Kenya
  2. iDaktari Ltd: iDaktari,a multi-platform
    healthcare system tailored for doctors with private practices that
    simplifies information management and security. -Kenya
  3. Skoobox: Skoobox, an academic-networking
    platform for students that provides them with a platform to share and
    make the learning process more connected and open.- Kenya
  4. Ecademy Africa: eShule, a mobile app that
    will offer career and college counseling, and alternative eLearning via
    online courses and exams for high school students.- Kenya
  5. Code Vision Ltd: BrainShare, a mobile and
    web application that enables students to easily access academic content
    such as past papers and simplified notes. – Uganda

Mobile Entertainment Category

  1. Jooist: Jooist, a social gaming network
    for mobile phones. It enables users to discover, download and play free
    games, compare scores & achievements with friends. – Kenya
  2. Kola Studios: Matatu, is a two-player card
    game based on the popular Ugandan game played with a pack of cards.The
    game can be played on Mobile (Android) and on Facebook. – Uganda
  3. TiVi: TiVi,delivers program guides, gossip, reviews & spoilers direct to your phone. – Kenya
  4. 254Events: 254Events, a mobile and web platform that gives  information regarding events and purchasing of the event’s tickets.- Kenya
  5. Tokelezea: Tokelezea, a mobile application
    that provides a dynamic guide to your neighborhood fun list, it enables
    you to find out what your friends are up to and also brings relevant
    reviews and related news. – Kenya

Mobile Utilities Category

  1. Ma3Route: Ma3Route, crowd-sources for
    traffic and transport information from locals in order to provide users
    with up-to-date information that can inform their movements. – Kenya
  2. SmartShop: Smart_Shop, allows supermarkets
    to be able to offer shopping via the mobile phone by offering a
    platform where customers can view real prices from and enhance their
    shopping experience. – Kenya
  3. TrueDine: TrueDine, restaurant
    recommendation and reservation app that helps you discover restaurants,
    explore menus and make instant table reservations. – Uganda
  4. The Diet Assistant Ltd: The DietAssistant,
    a mobile diet solution that recommends healthy and affordable meals
    composed of locally available and accessible foods. – Uganda
  5. Habari App: Habari app, lets you read the news that matters to you when it’s convenient. – Kenya

Source: Pivot East