It’s been said that Ghana’s economy is itself a startup—but with tech ventures springing up in response to increasing local demand for digital products and services, digital entrepreneurship is in full bloom; in fact, some of the most elite tech businesses in Africa and the world at large now call the country home.
Recent developments in mobile and internet infrastructure have been key drivers for this growth. The following are tech startups in Ghana you need to know about in 2016.
Ahonya—also known as the Amazon.com of Ghana—aims to transform e-commerce and retail in Ghana by offering quality products at low prices with free shipping, all through one platform.
Asoriba provides a web-based church management app that makes it easy for administrators to capture detailed member data, create and share events with members, integrate branches, run financials, and more.
Despite remarkable developments in other areas of tech, African startups have yet to make their presence known in video game industry. Leti Arts—previously Leti games—is working to change this. The startup uses traditional African settings and motifs to deliver a thrilling, culturally significant gaming experience.
In 2013, Dropifi became the first African startup to be a part of renowned Silicon Valley-based 500 startups. The startup has developed a smart contact form widget that provides detailed insight and analytics for better, more informed communications and interactions.
Zished allows individuals to order gifts and items regardless of their geographic location in Ghana. The startup partners with small businesses and local vendors to offer its wide range of gifts and treats available for delivery.
Nandimobile provides custom SMS solutions for businesses. Using its SMS API, organizations can add custom SMS messaging to their applications, alerts and notifications, appointment reminders, and more.
E-commerce is playing a subtle but pivotal role in Ghana’s business growth—Slydepay’s web and mobile platform is poised to take advantage of this expansion with its online payment platform.
Essentially a Buzzfeed for Africa, OMG Voice is a pan-African new media startup dedicated to publishing localized original content on entertainment, lifestyle, fashion, culture, and more.
E-coach’s goal is to address perceived deficiencies in the country’s educational sector with technology. Its suite of offerings include a social learning platform, a digital content authoring, distribution and monetization platfom for educational content publishers, e-library, and more.
Agriculture-related challenges require robust technological solutions—especially in Africa. Farmerline Ltd. is taking these challenges with its web/mobile application: the solution relays critical voice messages such as weather alerts, market prices, and market alerts to farmers in the field.
RetailTower helps online retailers achieve their traffic goals to increase sales and brand awareness. The intuitive web-based platform allows proprietors to promote their online stores across leading comparison shopping sites.
In short, Ghana is fast becoming a main hub of innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa—be sure to check back on these 11 tech startups as they refine their offerings in the months and years ahead.