What you need to know:
- The winning startups are Smart Darasa Company Limited, Dawa Mkononi, and Mipango Fintech.
Dar es Salaam. Three startups out of eight have won a trip to Germany through a German-Tanzania competition that brought together a total of eight startups presented last night.
The winners came after the presentations of the startups in front of the jury and the audience at the start of the East Africa Regional Digitalisation Conference, themed on the future of the digital economy and emerging technologies for sustainable development.
The aim of the conference is to discuss and share experiences around different topics on the future of the digital economy and emerging technologies for East Africa, with a dedicated focus on discussing sustainable political solutions.
The winning startups are Smart Darasa Company Limited, Dawa Mkononi, and Mipango Fintech.
Commenting on the competition, Mr Fabian Zittlau, the Country Director of the German Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, said that they represent and support German companies in Tanzania.
He said that it was their first time doing the competition, and they were able to get innovative startups for both Tanzania and Germany.
“The winners will be able to meet investors and have innovative discussions on important topics like climate change, digitalization, youth, and employment,” said Zittlau.
Kusiluka Aginiwa, the Chief Strategy Officer at Smartdarasa, is among the winning startups. Smart Darasa deals with supporting students to learn physics, chemistry, and geography digitally.
He is expecting to learn and exchange ideas with other people doing the same work as him, but those who are doing it ahead of him are more developed.
Agnes Mollel, the co-founder of Mipango Fintech, deals with teaching financial management strategies targeting women.
“With the trip, I will be able to mingle and learn through one-on-one sessions and learn new ideas on how we can make our startup more sustainable,” said Mollel.
The three-day regional digitalisation conference brought together experts from Tanzania, Kenya, and Uganda