If you aren’t aware of it by now, it’s time to get in the know: South Africa’s second-largest city is fast becoming one of the biggest tech startup hubs in Africa. In fact, according to the Southern African Venture Capital and Private Equity Association, the Mother City and Western Cape top other regions in the country when it comes to VC activity.
But don’t take our word for it—check out Cape Town’s top 15 tech startups you need to be aware of in 2017.
Yoco’s payment solutions enable firms to easily process all Visa, Mastercard, and debit card payments. The company’s product suite includes a mobile credit card reader, a point-of-sale (PoS) app, and online business portal.
Diarize.me is a scheduling/time management app for busy individuals on-the-go. The solution enables users to get organized and manage daily tasks and appointments with ease.
With the majority of young professionals clocking in 60-80 hours per week at the office, finding the time to do the laundry can be a challenge. With Washr’s on-demand laundry and dry cleaning app, users can schedule laundry pickups/deliveries with a few taps—freshly cleaned clothes are then delivered to their doorsteps within 24 hours.
Skyrove’s solution allows shop and café owners to earn revenue and attract clients by offering patrons internet hotspot access. The company also provides a full range of custom wi-fi solutions tailored to a business’ specific requirements.
PetHeaven offers a wide range of pet-related products and resources—from premium dog and cat foods to hygiene and grooming solutions. The company offers free shipping for orders over R500 delivered to any metro areas within Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban.
The world of online shopping has exploded in the new age we currently live in. BabyGroup is one such online e-commerce platform that allows parents to buy all their baby goods in one place ensuring for easy and security all at once.
Mysmartfarm’s cloud platform features a comprehensive array of tools and services for the agriculture industry. Backed by advanced statistical analysis and powered by intelligent models and machine learning, the solution helps farmers streamline their operations and access/manage agricultural data more effectively.
EkoGuru’s gamified platform makes the process of acquiring eco-friendly habits a fun endeavour. The solution monitors energy usage and offers energy-saving recommendations based on usage data; neighbours and friends can challenge one another while saving the environment.
DataProphet specializes in machine learning solutions for businesses and enterprises in a myriad of industries, from finance to legal. Its InSight suite of products feature advanced, proprietary machine learning algorithms developed by the company’s team of computer scientists, statisticians, actuaries, engineers and mathematicians.
Luno aims to decentralise digital currencies (e.g., Bitcoin) by changing the way world citizens view/spend money in general. The company’s mobile offering provides cheaper, safer and faster money transferring services.
Custos’ goal is to kerb movie privacy with its proprietary technologies for securely distributing, managing, and protecting sensitive media. The company has already received millions of rands in investment capital to expand its footprint.
Doing your taxes by hand usually means hours of frustration dealing with cumbersome paperwork—TaxTim has already helped over a million South Africans complete their tax returns. The company offers a range of services such as direct filing to SARS, among others.
With real estate prices rising on a daily basis, more and more South Africans are opting to rent a home instead of buying—Ekaya aims to improve the renting process by connecting potential tenants with landlords. The company has garnered more than R8 million in investment from prominent investors and industry players.
Wumdrop addresses real world challenges associated with package delivering in Africa with its offering. The delivery platform combines an elegant mobile solution with a network of carefully vetted, hand-picked couriers.
QuicklySign has developed a streamlined mobile solution for secure, online document signing. The company also offers an API for building custom solutions and integrations with the platform.
From cloud-based agriculture solutions to digital payment platforms, these 15 innovators are making a name for Cape Town in the global tech startup arena. Be sure to keep them in your sights in 2017 and beyond.