The 2019 Southern Africa start-up awards regional finalists announced

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, October 2019 – The regional finalists in the second edition of the Southern Africa Startup Awards (SASAWARDS) have been selected. A total of 346 contenders across 19 categories and 12 countries were shortlisted from 2,444 nominations – an extremely tough task for the judges given the exceptionally high standard of entries.

Now, voting will be open from Monday, 28 October upuntil Sunday, 10 November 2019 on the SASAWARDS website to see which of these startups will go through to the Global Startup Awards and solidify Africa’s standing as the hub of  talent.

The finalists from across Southern African and include contenders from Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.


  • Fintech of the Year: Seriti Insights           
  • Female Role Model of the Year: Rethabile Konopo          
  • Best Social Impact Startup: These Hands GSSE   
  • Best Edutech Startup: Inforserve Training            
  • Founder of the Year: Nomsa Makgabenyana      
  • Best Healtech Startup: Yapili      
  • Startup of the Year: My Foodness           
  • Best Newcomer: Seriti Insights 
  • Best Food/Agritech Startup: TGNJ Investments Proprietary Limited         
  • People’s Choice of the Year: Nomsa Makgabenyana/ Seriti Insights          

The shortlist was decided by a series of national judging panels. These regional finalists will be judged again by a regional judging panel to determine the 2019 Southern Africa Startup Awards winners who will be named at the Grand Finale, scheduled to take place on Thursday, 28 November 2019during a two- day event in Johannesburg that starts on Wednesday, 27 November 2019.  

The SASAWARDS is a circuit of the Global Startup Awards which shines an annual spotlight on tech startups in regions across the globe. The regional awards are focused on unearthing and rewarding the very best from within their respective ecosystems – from the startups themselves, through to the people behind them, and the organisations that work alongside these visionaries to make the great things possible. 

The Global Startup Awards is the world’s largest independent startup-ecosystem covering more than 63 countries in seven regions. Since the competition began in the Nordics in 2012, the Awards have grown to include South East Asia, Central Europe, SAARC Region (South Asia), Euro Asia, South Europe and Southern Africa.

Mckevin Ayaba, CEO of Setup A Startup – the umbrella company of the Southern Africa Startup Awards, says: “Our mission is to connect, support, and celebrate key players in national and regional startup ecosystems worldwide and to fuse them together in a global entrepreneurial network, creating a matrix of opportunities for international partnerships and commercial exchanges. We do this by working from the bottom up with local startup ecosystems, always putting the founders and startup ecosystem supporters first.”

To vote, or for more information, go to http://www.southernafricastartupawards.com.

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