The 5th Global Forum on innovation and technology entrepreneurship saw Afroes scoop the 3rd prize in the Dragons Den competition. Afroes was chosen from 50 companies, which had entered the Dragon’s Den Pitching Competition. The Dragons’ Den was one of the highlights at the three-day Global Forum, organised by the World Bank’s infoDev, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and the Eastern Cape Province.
Derek Hanekom, South African Minister for Science and Technology was full of praise for the company headed by Anne Githuku Shongwe. “African innovators like Afroes are increasingly receiving global recognition in important technology areas. Such success stories clearly illustrate the impact innovation can have,” said the minister.
Afroes creates uniquely African mobile applications and tools for social development agencies and corporate enterprises keen to spread educational and branded messages across the continent. Hanekom said that Africa was embracing its role in advancing the global innovation agenda, at the same time empowering citizens, creating jobs and growing the economy.
Apart from the award competition, the Global Forum was a platform to connect entrepreneurs with mentors, financiers and partners from around the globe, and to exchange ideas of how to create the right ‘eco-system’ for innovative firms.
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