Seedstars World, the largest seed-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startups, hosted the Gaborone leg pitch session for the selected 10 startups on the 8 November 2019 at Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH).
BIH’s supported start-ups; Mohiri & Classmate Online dominated the pitch competition with the most inspiring and promising solutions for Botswana and Africa.
Mohiri scooped first prize and received an all-expenses paid trip to the Seedstars Regional Summit in Johannesburg on the 03 December 2019, free access to a 3 months investment readiness program in 2020 and also received access to technology tools from a network of partners valued at $70,000.00.
Mohiri is a personalized job alerts service that connect low-medium skilled workers to opportunities for work by sending them alerts on their phones whenever there is a vacancy that matches their profile.
With the support and interventions of the BIH Acceleration Programme, Mohiri has grown from a reach of 0 to more than 230,000 online people every week, in just 10 months.
Today, Mohiri sends out job alerts to a pool of 16,000 registered members who depend on the application as a source of vacancy announcements and other career-related opportunities and content.
The second prize went to Classmate Online and they received access to technology tools from a network of partners valued at $10,000.00. Classmate Online, also in the BIH acceleration programme, is an inclusive, Social E-Learning platform for students and educators to access educational content and promote collaborative learning.
Classmate offers a single collaborative and all-inclusive digital virtual classroom which eliminates boundaries between students who school in rural and urban areas, public and private schools, marginalized and non-marginalized.