Kenyan based start-up; MPost has emerged winner at the 2018 South Africa Innovation Summit held in Cape Town, South Africa. MPost, which allows users access postal services via their mobile devices defeated 24 other startups to emerge winner and will now represent Africa at the Start-up World Cup holding at San Francisco in May 2019.
Abulaziz Mohammed, the Chief Executive Officer of Taz Technologies, the company behind MPost said, “This win crowns our journey of resilience and focus. We are privileged to carry the Kenyan and indeed African flag to the Start-up World Cup. We thank all our clients, supporters and indeed the organisers of the South Africa Innovation Summit for believing in us. We couldn’t have gotten here without your support.”
The South Africa Innovation Summit was borne out of the discovery that little was being done to commercialise technology from South Africa into new industries through start-ups, private sector involvement and enabling government absorption of new ideas. The first Summit started with getting the roles and language between government, industry and academics aligned.
Mpost works on both smart phones as well as the older generation feature phones that are ubiquitous throughout Africa and in other developing regions. It was initially started on the USSD platform and is now on Android and iOS platform.
The initiative has won five continental awards, registered thousands of Kenyans to the virtual postal services and created digital jobs through the Pata Ajira na MPost initiative.
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