Fast Company has presented its list of the Top 10 Innovative Companies in Africa, and four among them are Nigerian companies: PiggyVest, Kobo360, 54Gene and Tizeti.
Also on the list are Sarah Diouf, the Senegalese ready-to-wear fashion label Tongoro, a Kenyan Food company Twiga Foods, and South Africa’s Lumkani.
According to Fast Company, these leading companies in Africa are finding solutions to local problems. Their applications are relevant well beyond their borders.
Twiga Foods, Copia Global, and Kobo360 are employing digital solutions to streamline logistics, from helping Kenyan vendors secure fresh produce to sell at the market each morning to enabling Nigerian truck drivers to find work—and get paid—more seamlessly. MPost turns mobile phones into virtual mailboxes, while mPedigree uses SMS to spot out counterfeit medications, a global problem. Tizeti harnesses the sun to deliver high-speed internet to Nigeria, and startup 54gene harnesses genetic information to help expand scientific research beyond predominantly caucasian genomes—and create the first pan-African genomic database.
Check out the full list:
- Twiga Foods
For professionalizing East Africa’s market economy
For using text messages to root out fake goods
- Copia Global
For allowing Kenya’s unbanked and unconnected to participate in e-commerce
For helping West African millennials invest and save for the future
For turning mobile numbers into Kenyan PO boxes
For harnessing the power of the sun for an affordable 4G network
For empowering local artisans via a Senegalese fashion house
For bringing fire protection and insurance services to South African townships
For connecting African truck drivers with companies in need
For building an Africa-wide genetic biobank.
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