The 35 startups have been selected from a pool of 956 applications from 29 African countries, and are spread over 10 countries.
South Africa is represented by 10 startups, Nigeria by nine, Kenya seven, Ghana and Zimbabwe two each, while Botswana, Cameroon, Egypt, Senegal and Uganda are all represented by one startup each.
These startups will now undergo a due diligence process, out of which 26 startups will make it to the final. They will join four other startups picked from the regional innovation tours that ran between March and July.
“We are very pleased with the applications received, the diversity and quality is amazing,” said Harry Hare, executive director and producer of DEMO Africa.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the startups, partners and judges that took part in this process and want to congratulate the startups that have made it this far.”
The South African startups selected for the event are SeeBox producer K Measure, Picadoo, Ironhead Trading, Tapsnapp, Airbuy, FinChatBot, Intelligent Routing, Power Plus Energy, Rooster and Mobbisurance.
Nigeria is represented by Mobile Forms, Game Base, Atele Advanced Solutions, Peachwater Consulting, Suvenia, Medsaf, Pepperest, Pesea Techsolutions and Lithium Technologies.
The Kenyan startups on the list are Chimera IoT, Mobar, Shield Enterprise, ZOA Tech, Daktari Africa, Taz Technologies and Optimetriks, with Ghana represented by Bisa and KudiGo, and Zimbabwe represented by Dadala and DrCADx.
All Bosses (Botswana), Temateq (Cameroon), Godayuse (Egypt), JokkoText (Senegal), and Sellio (Uganda) complete the shortlist.