KENYA: LORI SYSTEMS TOPS AFRICA STARTUP BATTLEFIELD

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Lori's representative shows the dummy cheque bearing the prize sum

Nairobi-based Lori Systems, has emerged tops among fifteen startups that competed in the first-ever TechCrunch Startup Battlefield in Africa, sponsored by Facebook.

Lori Systems competed in the productivity and utility category, among a fast-growing community of African tech entrepreneurs and developers. For it prize Lori was given a sum of $25,000.

The competition sought to put the spotlight on Africa’s creative, diverse talents and vibrant technology companies that are building products and solving problems for local and global audiences.

Alongside the event, the company also hosted a week of activities bringing together hot African startups, developers, influencers and community leaders – to share ideas, learn and connect.

Other winners includes Gaming and entertainment category winner, Ghana-based SynCommerce, which lets users list and manage their products and inventory across multiple sales platforms such as Shopify, eBay, Etsy.

Another Ghanaian company – AgroCenta, an online marketplace for African farmers –
won the Social good category.

Co-founder & CEO of Delivery Science, Lanre Oyedotun, a Nigeria-based startup said it was a great experience to be part of Battlefield.

“It’s encouraging that global brands like Facebook and TechCrunch are recognizing the talent in Africa. Our solution, FieldInsight, helps large organizations get visibility into their field operations. To be able to showcase this on a Pan-African platform is a privilege”, he said.

Facebook Vice President Ime Archibong said he was  impressed with what he saw at the event.

“Africa truly is a continent with remarkable creativity and talent – it was amazing to see some of Africa’s best innovators, makers and technical entrepreneurs showcase their disruptive innovations and tell their stories. I’m looking forward to what Africans will produce in the years to come – truly global products that will become household names”, he said.

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