4 Ghanaian Startups We Will Be Watching In 2018
In ending 2017, there were huge expectations for the coming year, most especially, in the startup world as companies prepare to roll out plans to execute to achieve huge milestones in 2018.
All too soon, the new year is here, and for some startups eight days should be enough to kick off on the good note – because to make it in the startup world, every single minute counts.
It is quite a daunting task to make bold statements in the business ecosystem in Ghana, but a few startups were able to make headlines in 2017 and we’re paying close attention to their progress and betting on their success this year.
Here are 4 of these startups.
The growing need of technology in every facet of our lives cannot be overemphasized. Every sector – education, agriculture, health, finance, etc. has realized the need for a technological innovation in order to stay relevant, and this has led to the upsurge of many startups who are making efforts to provide sustainable solutions by providing technological innovations. And now The Church. It is quite obvious that the church has not seen much tech in these past few years of technological revolution.
After two years in the MEST incubator, Asoriba Inc. re-launched, introducing the Asoriba Church Solutions – a church management platform and app in January 2017. The innovation was met with great excitement by stakeholders of the religious body in Ghana. In February, the company represented at Social Media Week Lagos, where the Chief Product Officer at Facebook commended the team for a great job after a presentation was made to him.
In June of 2017, the CEO of Asoriba, Nana Opoku Agyeman-Prempeh who’s also a Forbes 30 Under 30 personality, was named Most Influential person in Science and Technology in Ghana by Avance Media.
Asoriba is on a mission to provide technology to $520 million African Christians. A number of investors believe this is possible, and have made good investments in this promising startup to help it achieve its aim. We believe that with all the necessary support the issue of Tech meeting Religion will be addressed to its full potential by this Ghanaian startup.
One sector that has seen an impressive technology in Ghana would have to be the agriculture sector. I must be quick to add that, there could be more to be done to address the never-ending need of this sector, especially when its been described as the backbone of our economy.
Agrocenta is one of the many tech startups in Ghana that helps farmers, especially small-holder farmers achieve high yield using technological means.
Agrocenta is an online platform that connects smallholder farmers directly to a market to trade fairly, and in 2017
“AgroCenta was founded by two ex-esoko employees, Francis Obirikorang and Michael K. Ocansey in 2015 to improve the agricultural value chain in Ghana. Two critical problems within the value chain, which are the lack of an access to market for smallholder farmers in the rural areas, which subjected them to activities of exploitative, buying from middlemen and the lack of a coordinated truck delivery system to cart their commodities from farms to markets to sell.
AgroCenta’s idea is to solve these age-old problems by introducing an online sales platform that connected smallholder farmers directly to an online market, which has wider geographic size, to sell their commodities. The end result? Exploitative buying was reduced to the barest minimum since farmers were in control of selling their commodities at prices that were favorable to them. Once a farmer gets offers from interested buyers, the problem of logistics and transportation were sorted using AgroCenta’s patent TrucKR solution that allowed the smallholder farmer in any remote village in Ghana access trucks at the click of a button. You can call it the uber for trucks. AgroCenta is changing the very lives of smallholder farmers by using technology to solve problems they encounter in agriculture”, an information on their website states.
During the TechCrunch Startup Battlefield Africa, in 2017 held in Nairobi, Agrocenta emerged winners in the Social Good category of the competition.
The agriculture sector in Ghana is shaping out well, and Agrocenta is playing a phenomenal role.
- Developers in Vogue
Africa has been listed as one of the continents with the lowest participation of women in tech – a challenge that has become a global issue with many organizations and institutions fighting for gender equality.
At the beginning of the year, a young woman, Ivy Barley, and her partner Maxwell, set out to equip females with skills in technology, and what a year it had been for this social enterprise. Developers in Vogue is a social enterprise that aims at building a community of highly skilled female developers who are passionate about using technology to revolutionize Africa and beyond.
In 2017, Developers in Vogue won prize monies in a number of elevator pitches. Notable amongst them was the E-Skills for Girls competition in Berlin, Germany. As a reward, the social enterprise secured a €15,000 prize money to fund the startup.
2018 promises to be an even more exciting year for this startup as they plan on training more than 100 young girls in programming.
Taxify may not be a household name yet, like their competitors, Uber, but you would want to consider them.
Uber disrupted the transportation industry with the introduction of a ride sharing app that helps users request for a ride at their convenience. Since its emergence in the Ghanaian market, there have been quite a number of complaints made by drivers and riders alike.
Taxify introduced itself into the Ghanaian market in December last year, and boy, it was disruptive. But for its relatively less drivers, that makes it frustrating for riders to find a ride to their destinations, Taxify would have been a preferred choice for ride sharing in Ghana.
With the right strategies, we believe Taxify will see a major breakthrough in 2018 and become a great force to reckon with.
Are there any startups you think will do amazing this year? Share with us below.