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Top 20 African Technplogy Startups

Forbes Africa’s February 2012 edition highlights the tTop 20 Startups in Africa according to the company. A large number of them are South African, followed by Kenyan and then Ghanaian startups. Nigeria, Tanzania and Cameroon are represented with one startup each.

1. Mxit
South-African based Mxit was founded in 2003 and was early to the mobile Instant Messaging game. Mxit currently has a userbase of 45 million. The service also allows users to Shop for music, videos and wallpapers on almost 3000 mobile handsets, including Java, Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, Nokia, and Windows Mobile.

2. Yola .
Also from South Africa, Yola is a website building and hosting service, allowing newbies and small businesses without web development skills create and manage professional looking websites.

3. Dropifi Ghana-
Based Dropifi helps businesses respond to messages from customers. Dropifi also provides analytic services for webmasters.

4. Cobi Interactive
Founded in 2009, South African based Cobi Interactive is a company that develops mobile software for its clients. Cobi Interactive’s clients include News 24, Mail & Guardian and BusinessDay

5. FloCash
Based in the UK and founded in 2010, FloCash enables money transfers via email and mobile phones. FloCash charges 2.9% and an additional 20 cents per transaction.

6. Obami
Obami is an educational social network and learning management system for educational institutions, teachers and students. Obami was voted Top 10 most innovative technologies, worldwide, in 2011 by Netexplorateur.

7. Bandeka
Launched last year, Bandeka is an invite-only social network that aims to build relationships among well educated Africans around the world. Bandeka was coined from ‘Bandika’ which is Swahili for connect.

8. Jobberman
Founded in 2009, Nigerian-based Jobberman bridges the gap between employers and prospective employees with its job placement and search service.

9. Motribe
South African Motribe enables users build mobile social communities on its platform. Communities range from sports communities to music and places.

10. PesaPal
Kenya’s PesaPal leads in mobile money transfers enabling its users buy and sell goods/services on the web via the M-Pesa, Zap mobile-platform, a host of other mobile money platforms or Credit and Debit cards. PesaPal recently introduced purchasing of tickets, enabling users buy event tickets at their convenience.

11. Synaq
Synaq is a South-African company that provides messaging products built on open-source platforms. Synaq’s Zimbra is one of South Africa’s leading Email hosting and management services.

12. Rupu
Rupu is a daily delas website, bringing deals and product discounts from around Kenya to its email and mobile subscribers.

13. BongoLive
Founded in 2010, BongoLive enables Tanzanians send SMSes across different platforms.

14. Skyrove
Skyrove South Africa brings internet to the masses via any of its 600 Wi-Fi hotspots in the country. Skyrove provides high speed wireless internet at events and cloud hosting services for enterprises.

15. Njorku
Founded in 2011 by Churchill MambeNaje,Kima Bertrand , Segue Gontran and Ebot Blaise, Njorku is a cameroonian-based job search engine for Africa. The company recently received funding from an undisclosed Canadian tech company and has its offices in the US and Cameroon

16. Ushahidi
Ushahidi is a non-profit organisation whose platform helps improve disaster response via its collection of data, visualization and interactive mapping.

17. SMSGH
SMSGh is a Ghanian company providing bulk SMS, SMS Gateway and mobile web solutions.

18. Hummba
Hummba lets users download free audio travel guides and share travel experiences from around the world via its social network service.

19. 10Layer
10Layer is a Content Management System for news rooms. 10Layer’s users include the Daily Maverick, Mail & Guardian and iMaverick. The product can also create iPad newspapers.

20. Sembuse
Kenya’s Sembuse is a mobile based social network popular for its instant messaging platform.

Do you know any other breakthrough startups across Africa? Do you think some any were shunned? Share them in the comments section below.

Source: Startup Africa

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