HydroIQ, is a virtual Water Network Operator founded by Brian Bosire and Victor Shikoli, has been named the Startup of the Year Africa 2018 by Startup.Info following an awards ceremony which took place in Casablanca at the end of last month.
Following the success of the first edition of “Startup of the year Africa”, the collaborative startup magazine Startup.Info has reiterated its commitment to supporting African innovation. With the support of major international groups such as OCP, ENGIE, QWANT, FINANCE INNOVATION, PwC, Labs-NS-Avocats, Holmarcom Group, Royal Air Maroc, as well as 70 media and ecosystem partners, Startup.Info launched the 2nd edition of the contest “Startup of the year Africa”.
This year, more than 600 startups from 52 different countries took part, more than 12 000 online votes were gathered, and 41 million people reached on social media.
HydroIQ, winner of the Start up of the Year Africa, brings intelligence in water distribution by preventing leakages on the network and automatic (mobile) billing a payment.
Other winners include Morocco’s Ecodome, which won the QWANT PUBLIC CHOICE Award. Ecodome, founded by Youness Ouazri, produces ecotouristic housing made of natural soil in the form of domes.
GRACE AGRICOLE DE COTE D’IVOIRE won the OCP – AGRITECH Special Prize. The startup founded by Brou Kouame Yves Laurent, aims at the development of rice production in Ivory Coast. It proposes a program of production, certification and distribution of Improved Certified Seeds of rice.
ENGIE Special Prize STARTUP OF THE YEAR Award : Peachwater Consulting (Nigeria)
Founded by Okey Ibekwe Esse, Peachwater Consulting designs, manufactures and markets Powerstove clean cookstove that is smokeless and generates electricity with 70% less biomass fuel than competitors.
PwC – JURY CHOICE AWARD: Priyo (South Africa)
Founded by Palesa Mahlatji, PRIYO has developed a portable solar digital smart computer lab to train youth from underprivileged, under-resourced schools and communities in rural and peri-urban areas on how to use the computer. Priyo trains them in IT: End user computing, ICT, Digital Marketing and E-Learning and links job seekers to online employment opportunities.
COMMUNITY MANAGER OF THE YEAR: Project Alpha (Madagascar) (https://Startup.info/fr/projectalpha)
Founded by Muriel RANDRIAMASIMANANA, Project Alpha is an event agency. Its principal activity is based on video games and e-sport phenomena.