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MAKEZU : AI-Powered Social Engine that helps companies to convert Twitter users into customers

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No leads, no business.
The formula is pretty straightforward. What’s not so straightforward, though, is how to get those business leads in the new digital era.

That’s why Hélène Lucien and Anne-Sophie de Gabriac, the founders of MAKEZU, are convinced innovative AI technology can help companies generate relevant leads.

Your products and services 

Our AI technology is capable of understanding and identifying in public Twitter posts if users are expressing concerns or key life moments.
After this, the technology sends automated personalized responses to these public posts. The goal of these responses is to introduce to the users your company’s product or service.

Your success factors 

Makezu is designed to help Companies to convert Twitter users into customers. What’s great about using this tool is that it gives Companies valuable insights and data for driving each market share’s growth.
We take pride in the fact that we don’t just help our clients to get more leads.

Instead, we help them to get the right ones. These leads will result in brand-new sales, rather than just likes and re-Tweets, every month.

Your factors differentiating and disruptive compared to the existing 

Makezu’s breakthrough AI is able to search through millions of posts and profiles on Twitter in record time and extract valuable information from them. And get this, it’s not only for fans of your brand…

Our algorithm targets and activates EVERY Twitter user based on their expressed concerns or life events.

Your business model (how do you make money?)

Each customer is free to set their budget based on the size of the audience they want to reach.

A few words about your competitors

There are a bunch of competitors, although most have complementary offers with ours.
The main difference is the automation of Makezu in sending personalized messages.

Your website 

https://makezu.io

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PEBL : a tiny PC that has the power and performance of your bigger desktop PCs

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Meet PEBL, the tiny PC that packs a mighty punch! At only 12 cm, it has the power and performance of your bigger desktop PCs, but in a much more compact design. Powered with an Intel chip and with a range to suit your pocket and your performance needs.

Many moons ago, we began the PEBL conversation as a solution to the rapidly increasing global digital divide, where Africa remains the biggest victim. We are extremely passionate about the belief that what we do now, will determine Africa’s digital future, and so inevitably determine Africa’s social and economic well being.

A few years ago, we still did not have a name for our product, I was walking on the beaches of my hometown, Swakopmund, and spotted these beautiful black pebbles. They were elegant, robust, classy, strong… much like our product. And that’s where PEBL got it’s name.

I’ve been shaping Aircraft Maintenance Engineers for 17 years; now applying my skills to crafting the most impactful tool ever, PEBL! Add whiffs of business expertise from co-founder Michelangelo, and PEBL is unstoppable! I’m the dreamer; Mike’s the money man!

Link to online video  

https://www.facebook.com/OneAfricaTelevision/videos/1516193808429456/

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1RG53xrkQHtFuqxbxMO3BucKr7ZAU-fbR/view?usp=sharing

Your products and services 

PEBL pulse: Intel Celeron Quad Core/Intel Core i3 (for students/home users/schools)
PEBL breathe: Intel Core i5/Intel Core i7 (for corporates/small-medium businesses)
PEBL code: Intel Core i5 (for coders)
PEBL create: Intel Core i5/Intel Core i7 (for designers)

Tech Support, Service/Maintenance/Upgrade Centre, Experiential Store/Online Store 

Your success factors 

PEBL Pilot/Launch with strategic partner Paratus, October 2016. 120 PEBLs sold out at a rate of 1 every 2 days in a small Windhoek market.

https://mybroadband.co.za/news/industrynews/184302-desktop-pc-enters-a-new-era-with-pebl.html

http://www.techtrends.co.zm/press-release-paratus-telecoms-launches-fist-sized-pc/

http://www.manic.co.zm/new-paratus-pebl-pc-really-geared/

Partnership with distributor KOLOK Namibia, June 2017.

Pitch Night Namibia runner-up August 2017.

https://www.namibian.com.na/170063/archive-read/Promoting-Innovation

SLUSH 2017, Helsinki, Finland,  November 2017.

https://www.namibian.com.na/62272/read/Namibias-emerging-start-ups

https://www.facebook.com/OneAfricaTelevision/videos/1516193808429456/

Your factors differentiating and disruptive compared to the existing

  1. Pricing lower/accessible.
  2. Superior technology
  3. Factory customizable
  4. Local tech support and service & maintenance centres. PEBL has a 72-hour maintenance & upgrade turnaround.
  5. Very low electricity consumption, saves corporates and government money.
  6. High performance under African heat
  7. At only 12cm, space-saving and portable
  8. We do corporate branding with LED light up effect
  9. Tailored for the African market. For Africans, by Africans
  10. Aesthetically pleasing, tested well with users
  11. High quality, 0% return rate since our pilot October 2016
  12. An African brand

Your business model  

We currently sell to distributor at a 15% mark-up, who then sells to resellers, who sells to end-users. However, once we scale early 2018, we will pivot to direct-selling, a 15% mark-up will rise to 40% with NO increase in end-user price.
Additionally, we offer tech support, service/maintenance/upgrade centres and supply upgrade parts & accessories.

A few words about your competitors

  1. Traditional Desktop Towers. They dominate African desktop market. PEBL outclasses them in performance, price, tech superiority, product appeal, size, portability, electricity consumption and UX.
  2. Intel NUC/HP Slice/Mac-Mini etc. DIY small form factor computers that have been struggling to penetrate the African markets because of price and incomplete product factor, among other things.
  3. Laptops. African corporates, governments, academia still prefer desktops. Laptops; ease-of-maintenance, life-span, performance is lacking.

Your website 

http://www.thepebl.com

 

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Tangent Eco-Innovation Hub : supporting African STEM Education

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Tangent Eco-Innovation Hub is a virtual platform for freelancers. The idea was born out of the need to bridge the growing unemployment gap in Nigeria and throughout Africa as well as mitigate youth migration and regional brain-drain. Our founders are located in Russia, Lebanon and Nigeria. We are currently establishing creative enterprise labs in these regions and we are looking for partners willing to support our activities through program partnerships.  

Rosaline Georgevna Agiamoh (Russia/Nigeria) – Founder & Director Global Partnerships

Dami Lawal (Nigeria) – Cofounder & Director Technology

Mohammad Ghraizi (Lebanon) Cofounder & Director Programs

Link to online video 

Your products and services 

  • Freelance Jobs & Projects 
  • ICT Consulting 
  • Startup Accelerator Program

Your success factors 

Partnership with leading institutions:

  • AfriLabs
  • African University of Science & Technology
  • CPDI Africa 
  • Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship 
  • One Environment (ENACOF)
  • Enspire Incubator 
  • Network of Innovators and Incubators in Nigeria (NIINE)

Featured as Top 15 Digital Accelerator in Africa (http://globalstartupecosystem.com/gse-worlds-largest-digital-accelerator-announces-top-15-to-demo-for-fall-2017-africa

Featured as Science, Technology & Innovation (STI) Accelerator in Africa (CCTV) 

Featured as Top Technology Hub in Nigeria by Techpoint.ng (https://techpoint.ng/2017/03/06/list-tech-hubs-across-nigeria)

Your business model 

We receive a percentage fee each time a project is posted on our platform. We have also developed our own internal  FinTech system (Points based cryptocurrency) to facilitate a value-based system for users which could be expanded through partnership with other platforms. 

A few words about your competitors

Tangent Eco-Innovation Hub is truly unique, we believe that technology is moving towards virtual platforms and so we provide all the services a physical hub would: co-work space, investor network, training, etc. We help reduce business operational costs and our platform promotes sustainable climate action by reducing carbon emissions (daily transportation and power generating sets) we also promote creative enterprise training programs and environmental sustainable systems. 

Unlike our competitors

www.freelancer.com: Global freelancer but too competitive for the African Youth and does not support local payment systems in African countries. 

www.upwork.com: Global but too competitive for the African Youth and does not support local payment systems in African countries. 

www.efiko.co: Does not support training and unlike our virtual hub does not support other African countries or training/partnership programs and contests. 

Your website 

https://www.tangenthub.ng/ 

 

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Finding trucks made easy in Ghana by “Truckers Ghana Limited”

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In a conversation with a friend who works with a fruit juice manufacturing company here in Ghana, he lamented to me the difficulties they usually face getting trucks to haul fruits from farms to their factory. Our conversation prompted my curiosity about the trucking and haulage industry of Ghana.

After few days, I sought to find out more about the industry and their operations, this would lead me to talk to many truck drivers Unions in Ghana. Having found out how fragmented, disorganized and informal nature of the industry, I decided to take up the challenge start an initiative in an effort to enable easy booking of trucks in Ghana, and effective management of cargo transport process across Ghana and beyond.

My inspiration was further heightened when I spoke to the chairman of the Cargo Transport unions in Ghana, his enthusiasm about the initiative and how he believes Ghana Truckers would help streamline the haulage industry in Ghana was overwhelming.

Your products and services 

Truckers Ghana Limited (www.ghanatruckers.com) services mainly focus on creating a common platform to allow load owners to easily and conveniently find trucks to transport the cargo to any destination in Ghana and the sub-region.

Whilst helping Load owners to conveniently find trucks to transport their cargo, our system help individual trucks owners and drivers to get more Loads and return loads.

Your success factors

Our success largely depends on strategic collaboration with all the Truck driver unions across Ghana, Also working with the Ministry of food and Agriculture in Ghana, we in the process of signing up over hundred thousand farmers in Ghana to assist the transport their produce to market centres. The convenience of our services and quality transport service continues to contribute to our success.

Your factors differentiating and disruptive compared to the existing 

  • www.ghanatruckers.com offers load owners the convenience of simply going to our web portal to book trucks to transport their cargo without going through the hassle of moving around town looking for the right trucks. Load owner simply places a request online and we handle the rest.
  • More Loads for truck owners/drivers : our business model works around individual truck drivers/owners in Ghana, by signing these trucks onto our platform, we help them get more loads for their trucks and also return loads.
  • Build an electronic database of trucks in Ghana : by working with truck drivers and truck driver unions across Ghana, our system allows us to build an electronic database of all trucks in Ghana.

Your business model  

Truckers Ghana Limited (www.ghanatruckers.com) main revenue model is 8-10% commission on every cost of freight transportation generated through our web portal.

Truckers Ghana Limited does not charge individual truck owners/drivers to list their trucks onto our platform.

A few words about your competitors

Although there are major players in each of the commercial trucking and haulage industry in Ghana, there is currently no company in Ghana which allows load owners to book trucks online to transport their freight.

Major chunk of the commercial truckers are in the informal sector and mostly belonging to unions, however, the market still remains highly fragmented.

Currently in Ghana, we don’t have any direct competitor in our approach of aggregating trucks and enabling load owners to book trucks online for freight transportation.

Your website 

www.ghanatruckers.com

 

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