The second largest city in Africa, Johannesburg over the past few years has become the centre point of the continent’s southern tip. Local tech entrepreneurs have tapped into the energy of the bustling metropolis to develop products and services tailored for the local market.
And now, these tech ventures are quickly expanding their footprints into greater South Africa and beyond. The following are 15 that grabbed our attention for 2016.
Being blind no longer means living in constant darkness. BeSpecular sheds some light on the matter with its app that allows the visually impaired to see through volunteers called sightlings—who respond with a voice or text message.
Hippo.co.za is innovating insurance shopping with its app that allows you to compare your current or prospective insurance provider with other competing companies’ plans and offerings.
Snapscan’s app allows you to collect and submit mobile payments quickly and easily. The solution works with any South African bank and is trivial to use: simply scan the QR Code displayed at the desired outlet in order to pay.
Launched in 2013, IQmates is a student portal app that connects students and tutors from other universities together, making learning a collaborative and multi-campus affair. Students can work together, share resources, and collaborate for more effective learning.
ConnectMed is a platform that features on-demand and scheduled doctor video consults. The solutions offers professional medical advice via your webcam, mobile device, or tablet, as well as electronic prescriptions instantly sent to your email address.
Pitchalot’s mission is to connect entrepreneurs to potential investors—using the platform, project owners can present their business models, products, or prototypes to validate and fund their ventures.
ParcelNinja eliminates the middleman and warehousing costs of traditional stock/inventory management. The platform allows online businesses to run their stock and deliveries through it, providing customers with prompt delivery and guaranteed satisfaction.
SovTech is an elite software development team focused on building websites, mobile apps, business software, and e-commerce solutions for businesses and enterprises. The firm counts Canon, Vodacom, Deloitte, and EY, as some of its marquee customers, among others.
If you’ve created a hot new app or have written a new book and want to get the word out, Techfolio the ideal venue to showcase your achievement. Users register with their Twitter, Linkedin, or Facebook account to access the platform.
Hashtag South Africa is a team of social media experts assisting organizations in optimising their social media footprints, primarily focusing on social media, cloud computing, telecommunications, mobile app development, and web development disciplines.
A channel for Africans by Africans, Tuluntulu caters to the average South African facing the frustrations of slow broadband internet speeds. The mobile solution offers users entertainment, news, and music via a live stream per channel.
Using near field communications (NFC), GUST’s wearable payment bracelet enables cardless/cashless payments, as well as easier access control at live events and gatherings.
Wumdrop is the latest up-and-comer in the courier-as-a-service space. Have something that needs to be delivered? Send for a Wumdrop driver and have your goods delivered from point A to point B efficiently and conveniently. The driver will even send you photographic confirmation that your package has arrived safely.
Giraffe is an online recruitment platform for locating trusted and reliable staff to fill vacant positions within your business or organization.
Teta is a free instant messaging and file sharing app that requires no airtime, data usage, or even wifi. Vodacom users running out of data and airtime with no hotspot access are in luck.
Johannesburg entrepreneurs are coming out of their shells with innovations rivaling some of the best from Silicon Valley—keep an eye on these ventures as they work to put South Africa’s diamond in the rough on the global map of startup tech successes.