Top 20 Tech Startups in Africa According to Forbes


Sometime ago, Forbes released their list of Top 20 Startups in Africa, we have decided to bring this to your attention once again, according to Forbes, the start-ups listed were carefully selected based on these criteria: The start-ups must have been around for less than 10 years with the aim of providing solutions to some of Africa’s pressing needs, Forbes also hand-picked these sites based on their presence in the social media, the websites selected were all Pan-African in both scope and services they offer”.

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Here are the 10+ African tech startups that made the list

1. MXit


Was founded in 2003 by Namibian technology entrepreneur Herman Heunis, MXit is a free online mobile instant messenger and social network. Shop, play and explore a multi-million user social network. MXit works on close to 3000 mobile handsets, including Java, Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, Nokia, and Windows Mobile. You can buy wallpapers, music and video clips all in one space

Watch Mxit’s Promotional video below

2. Yola


Was founded by South African-born internet entrepreneur Vinny Lingham in 2007, Yola (originally known as Synthasite), Yola is the website builder and hosting service that helps small businesses stand out on the web, it allows you to create a professional, free website in minutes, Yola’s award-winning Sitebuilder is fast, free, flexible, Yola provides easy to use sitebuilder for websites without advertisements, Yola currently has over 6 million users

3. Dropifi

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Founded in 2011, Dropifi is a Ghanaian web messaging platform that serves as a bridge between website owners and their visitors, it helps companies better analyze, visualize and respond to incoming messages from contacts. The website helps companies to manage clients and respond to their client’s inquiries

4. Cobi Interactive

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This is a mobile software development company that offers custom software design and development for the full range of mobile platforms. Cobi Interactive has extensive experience in mobile application development for iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Symbian, Nokia WRT, J2ME and Windows Phone 7. Cobi uses best practice software engineering processes to develop, plan, design, implement and maintain the most efficient mobile software solution to fulfil your needs.

5. FloCash


Anybody that is familiar with Africa should know that lack of a reliable online payment system has been a major problem in the continent, the folks at FloCash has come up with a system that allows anyone with an email address and mobile number to send and receive money across Africa simply and easily, the platform also allows you to send money, receive money and make a purchase with your mobile phone.