YAPILI, a peer-to-peer Internet platform that offers opportunities for Afrikans to connect to doctors for health advice, has been announced as the best startup in Botswana according to the recently held Seedstars Gaborone 2017. The startup will now go on to represent the Southern Afrikan country at the Seedstars Summit in Switzerland to compete for up to $1 million in equity investment and other prizes.

The Seedstars Gaborone 2017 event took place on 3 November 2017 and saw 10 startups from Botswana vying for the top prize.

YAPILI Seedstars Gaborone

Second prize was awarded to StudentPark, a platform where students get accurate information from relevant stakeholders, and Indie Studios Africa, a social e-commerce consultancy Service Provider addressing the needs of the unbanked in emerging markets grabbed the last spot in the top 3.

The other startups from Botswana who were invited to pitch at the event were Jobcard , Keakopa Explore, Leintel Codemasters Holdings, Lunchbox, Medmall Africa, Optimum Q.

Seedstars Gaborone 2017 was held in partnership with the event's main partner, Stanbic Bank Botswana, local ambassador Udugu Institute, our regional partners Orange, Enel Green Power, Merck, VC4A and Microsoft4Afrika and local supporters Botswana Innovation Hub, FranklinCovey, Botho University, Google Developer, Afrolutionist.

Among those tasked with deciding who the besta startups in Botswana are was:

  • Onkabetse Morapedi, Head Enterprise Banking at Stanbic Bank
  • Susanne Swaniker-Tettey, Chief Financial Officer at Okavango Diamond Company
  • Thabiso Mashaba Co-Founder These Hands
  • Claudia Makadristo Regional Manager for Africa at Seedstars World

Continuing with its world tour of startup ecosystems in emerging markets and fast-growing startup ecosystems, Seedstars World’s next stop is Nairobi to select the best startup in Kenya. Kenya's 11 promising tech startups are set to pitch at the Seedstars Nairobi 2017 event on 10 November 2017 at the Nailab (4th Floor, Bishop Magua Centre, George Padmore Ln, Nairobi).

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