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10 African tech startups you need to know

By Michelle Atagana, Special to CNN
July 3, 2013 -- Updated 1156 GMT (1956 HKT)
Michelle Atagana has selected 10 exciting African tech startups:<!-- -->
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</br>"It is an online classroom that helps people study while networking, and combines real-time collaboration, note sharing and tutoring across a number of platforms." Michelle Atagana has selected 10 exciting African tech startups:
"BrainShare is a social-education app that aims to connect people across Uganda, and the world, through education.
"It is an online classroom that helps people study while networking, and combines real-time collaboration, note sharing and tutoring across a number of platforms."
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Kivuko
DealDey
Paperight
Mpayer
Pulse
GoMetro
MoDe
Jobberman
mPawa
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • "There are some pretty amazing tech startups in Africa," says Michelle Atagana
  • Atagana picks 10 companies that are innovative and interesting
  • Choices include an education app, job-finding sites and print-on-demand startup

Editor's note: Michelle Atagana is the managing editor of memeburn.com, a social media and technology news site. She has a Masters Degree in New Media and Journalism, her thesis focuses on social media technologies in the South African journalistic space.

(CNN) -- It's pretty simple -- if you have a great company in you, Africa is a great place to go unleash it.

There is an excitement for newness here, and let's face it, most things are still new. Access is becoming easier, mobile is booming and a tech explosion is happening.

Michelle Atagana
Michelle Atagana

There are some pretty amazing tech startups in Africa that are building amazing products that can compete on the international stage. I get to see a lot of interesting companies and I am always impressed by how innovative and interesting Africa's tech startups are. This list is made of some of the most interesting companies I have come across in the last two years.

It's hard to pick the top companies, so this list consists of companies that have done impressive work and are innovating in interesting ways.

So check out the gallery above to see, in no particular order, Africa's bright tech future and the companies leading it.

The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of Michelle Atagana.

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