Space-Tech Challenge 2020: African Startups Dominate

Seventeen startups have been selected for the Space-Tech Challenge 2020. Space-Tech challenge aims to develop the African Space industry, especially the downstream sector,  by empowering innovators, entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses in the space-tech sector across Africa. 


The winners will receive four months of online incubation and virtual mentorship, and ongoing access to a peer-to-peer network through TechTribe. The overall winner will win a SecureWatch Premium 5GB, valid for three months to the value of USD12,500. First and Second runner-ups will also receive prizes for their performances. Top three finalists will pitch their innovation to a MAXAR representative.

The selected seventeen finalists will progress to the next stage of the challenge, involving an intensive two-week business development support programme. After this stage, the startups will participate in a ‘pitching den’ to be assessed by a panel of judges and industry representatives.

The finalists for the program are:

  • South Africa:
    • Digital mapping startup Abiri,
    • Environment and tech-focused startup Sturtium,
    • Geospatial data science company Hydro Blu,
    • Cloud based digitisation and farm management platform Smart AgrIoT,
    • Natural disaster mapping solution Risk Response,
    • Sustainable farming tech company, UpFarm,
    • Earth Observation data for recovery of stolen products startup, Contre IPC,
    • ABCD Electricity, which uses solar irradiance data to estimate the electricity production capabilities of new PV installations,
    • and The South African Space Technology for Sustainable Development Foundation, a non-profit organisation.
  • Nigeria:
    • Agribusiness-focused geographic information systems (GIS) mapping provider FieldDev,
    • and Agro Data, which optimises tropical farming with the application of technologies.
  • Rwanda
    • HeHe, a post-harvest platform that uses remote sensing technology to forecast supply and consumer data to forecast demand and allocate logistics resources,
    • and FloodWiz, which provides easy-to-use data on flood patterns to assist with disaster management.
  • Botswana:
    • Environmental and geospatial consultancy firm Green Aces
  • Zambia’s:
    • Fourth Line, an agribusiness that handles product distribution for smallholder bee farmers.

and Russia’s GeoAlert, an AI-powered mapping platform.

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New Report: The 2020 Edition of African Space Industry Annual Report is now available. It presents data and analyses on projects, deals, partnership and investments across the continent. It also provides analyses on the growing demand for space technologies and data on the continent, the business opportunities it offers and the necessary regulatory environment in the various countries.


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