The startup competition for emerging markets, Seedstars World, has made it to Ethiopia for the first time, revealing 11 of the East African county’s best startups.

Invited to pitch in Addis Ababa next week for a chance to win up to US$500 000 in equity investment at next year’s finale, the Ethiopian crop of companies ranges from a mobile game studio to a crowdfunding platform and an elearning company.

Seedstars World kicked-off its seven-month Africa tour in May this year with a mission to visit 12 different countries around the continent. These include Mozambique, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Botswana.

Read more: Startup competition Seedstars World 2015 to kick-off in Mozambique

Once the regional winners have been selected, the final will take place in February 2016, in Switzerland. Contestants will be competing for a total of US$1.5-million in equity investments and various other prizes.

Brain Up Software Technology: developing custom mobile games and apps for all platforms and operates a feature phone app store with 1 500 daily downloads.

Enhid: A modern mobile application designed to provide event news for users living in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Aer: The world’s first item based crowdfunding platform to enable non-profits to campaign for various items.

Besew: A peer-to-peer courier service which allows sends to send their parcels with someone who is able to deliver the package on their route.

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EthioInfoDesk: The alleged leading online news and media provider in Ethiopia.

Winsol Green Power Engineering: A solar-powered mobile charger for Ethiopian farmers.

Addiscan: A mobile-based Enterprise Operation Management Platform. It enables efficient and convenient management for businesses.

GeoArt: A digital atlas to re-discover less disturbed natural places in promoting the existing eco-tourism business development.

Sabacards: Payment platform for individuals & businesses to access their different banks accounts, POS, declare taxes & make online transactions by card

AhadooTec Fidel: enables access to curriculum mapped content to African students both online & offline on PCs, mobile phones & tablets.

Source: Ventureburn
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