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10 exciting African tech startups

Updated 1035 GMT (1835 HKT) July 3, 2013
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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."
Courtesy brain share
"Ecommerce is booming in Africa and Kivuko is one of the companies helping that boom.
"The startup describes itself as 'an online shopping gateway, enabling vendors to sell and deliver products directly to customers.' These guys understand the African market and accept a variety of payment methods."
"One of the best-designed deal sites out there, Dealdey claims to have 350,000 subscribers and to be one of the top-grossing ecommerce sites in Nigeria. A Groupon clone, yes, but one that seems to be thriving quite well in a young ecommerce market." Courtesy DealDey
"Paperight is a South African print-on-demand publishing startup that aims to increase access to books and encourage entrepreneurship by enabling copy shops and other organizations to become legal print-on-demand bookstores.
"The company was named one of the winners of the O'Reilly Tools of Change Startup Showcase, and won the London Book Fair's prestigious innovation award."
Courtesy Paperight
"One of five startups to emerge as winners at this year's Global Forum, Mpayer is a mobile and web solution that lets businesses accept and track any form of payment, be it mobile money or cash.
"What's really cool about this platform is it also allows business to back up the transaction and to analyze customers and engage with them intelligently."
Courtesy Mpayer
"Wish your university had a social network that doubles as a notice board and online classroom? Meet Cameroon's Pulse.
"The platform connects students and teachers, and Pulse offers $50 Android-based tablets for use at free university Wi-Fi hotspots. Notes, assignments and notices all at your fingertips. "
Courtesy Pulse
"GoMetro wants to make commuting on public transport in South Africa better by providing real-time train schedules, associated platform changes, a trip planner, fare calculator and route maps.
"The startup is operational in major parts of South Africa, and claims to have more than 600,000 users. It recently partnered with Nigeria's iROKO Partners to provide commuters with entertainment."
Courtesy Go Metro
"MoDe (Mobile-Decisioning) is a mobile nano-credit startup based in Kenya. The company uses proprietary technology to enable qualifying prepaid mobile subscribers to access airtime on credit.
"Repayments are recovered by MoDe on behalf of the mobile operators from the subscriber's next top-up. MoDe also won IBM's inaugural SmartCamp in Africa in 2012."
Courtesy MoDe
"The Jobberman recruitment site is one of the most popular job sites in Nigeria. According to the company, it bridges the gap between opportunity and talent by creating an 'efficient marketplace where job seekers and employers can interact quickly and easily.' Listings are taken from companies directly, and users can apply straight from the site." Courtesy Jobberman
"mPawa is a mobile job-matching application developed for Africa's blue-collar recruitment sector. The service is quite simple -- create a profile, and potential employers can peruse.
"Users can access the contents on the site via desktop, mobile or text message."
Courtesy mPawa