Winners emerge at the Innovation Award 2017

Sequel to receiving over 300 entries, nine winners of the Innovation Awards 2017 were announced at a pan-African mobile and tech awards party at Shimmy Beach Club in Cape Town, South Africa last night.

The awards, supported by Boomplay Music, Africa Tech Summit Kigali, Basebone, BBM, Mobile Ecosystem Forum (MEF) and Mobile Monday South Africa (MOMO) celebrate the best in mobile. The finalists were judged by an independent panel of leading industry experts and the award winning services were from Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Egypt and pan-African ventures.

Nine winners were awarded out of ten categories. They include:

  • Best Social and Messaging Award: Flare, an Uber for emergency services
  • Educational Award: Snapplify, a content and media technology company focusing on content distribution and mobile publishing
  • Enterprise Solution Award: What3Words, a geocoding system for the communication of locations with a resolution of three metres
  • Fintech Award: Flutterwave, a startup that aims to unify Africa’s fragmented payment systems and empower small businesses
  • Social Impact Award: Vodacom e-School, a learning platform with internet access to education content sites
  • Best African App: Boomplay Music, an app that aims to deliver the best African and International music while also building a sustainable digital music ecosystem for African artists
  • Disruptive Innovation Award: What3Words, same as above
  • mCommerce: Mazady, Egypt’s first interactive mobile-based auction service, which offers bestselling consumer products at huge discounts reaching 70 percent off their market price
  • Changing Africa: Jumo, a financial services platform for emerging markets
  • News and Entertainment Award: Bounce News, an online news platform

Speaking at the ceremony, Andrew Fassnidge, founder of AppsAfrica said: “The Awards were first organised three years ago to celebrate the best in mobile and tech across the continent and it is fantastic to see growth each year, with entries from over 31 countries this year. Even more encouraging is how rapidly African start-ups are now scaling to compete with established corporates with winners from both.”

Having picked up an Award, this year’s winners will also be invited to exhibit at Africa Tech Summit Kigali Feb 14th and 15th 2018 (, connecting with leaders in tech and investors from across Africa.

“Congratulations to all the AppsAfrica Award Winners and a special word of thanks the judging panel, sponsors and supporting partners across Africa” concluded Fassnidge.


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Cees Harmon14 Posts

    Cees (pronounced Case) is on the editorial team at He has been in the field of journalism for 11 years and counting. He relishes Banga soup with fufu.


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