Access Afya (AA) has developed a physical and digital healthcare network using tech-powered asset-light micro-clinics, comprehensive online care, and patient health data to engage patients throughout their healthcare journey from diagnosis to treatment.
Local healthcare workers replicate the model in their communities through a franchise network while virtual clinics enable any phone user to access care from anywhere at any time.
AmperSand has developed a battery pack, battery-swap network, and software backend to replace fuel for the world’s largest motorcycle market segment – the 100 -150 cc motorbikes in the Global South.
Motorbikes powered by Ampersand cost less to buy, fuel, and operate than petrol motorbikes without sacrificing performance, convenience, and reliability. In addition, they are electric. Ampersand-powered motorbikes already cover 600,000 KM a month in East Africa.
Ejara is a crypto-led 21st-century financial institution for francophone Africans and the diaspora. It is building bridges between crypto and traditional finance by enabling access to investment and savings offerings.
Ejara built the first non-custodial wallet in Africa.
Speaking about the product, Nelly Chatue Diop, CEO, Ejara, said:
“The built-in transparency and security of the blockchain combined with the popularity of mobile banking in Africa made it clear to me that a blockchain-based mobile investment platform was the key to expanding financial inclusion.”
– CEO, Ejara
In October 2021, Ejara raised $2 million, in a round led by CoinShares Ventures and Anthemis Group, together with Mercy Corps Ventures, Ledger, and Blockworks.
HawKar is an innovative company in Tunisia that focuses on the accessibility and the inclusion of people with disabilities in the labour market.
HawKar is designing the future of mobility for people with physical disabilities by building electric vehicles that provide better ease of movement and greater autonomy and thus compensate for the failures of infrastructure and public transport.
Okra is a Nigerian API / fintech startup that specializes in digitizing financial services across the continent. The company does this by making it possible for fintechs and even banks to easily access customers’ financial information/data.
This Kenyan startup doubles as an insurance and technology company, designing innovative insurance, and other digital products for farmers.
The goal is to de-risk all agricultural investments and guarantee profit.
Founded by Rose Goslinga and Thomas Njeru in 2015, Pula delivers agricultural insurance and digital products to help smallholder farmers navigate climate risks, improve their farming practices, and bolster their incomes over time.
It designs and delivers best-in-class agriculture index insurance products to protect farmers against a wide range of climate risks, including drought, excessive rainfall, pests and disease, and several other perils that negatively affect their yields.
Sendy is a tech company that builds fulfilment infrastructure for e-commerce and consumer brands. Its mission is to empower people and businesses by making it easier to trade.
It works with logistics providers, consumer goods suppliers, financial institutions, payment networks, warehouse providers, and regulators so that businesses that run on Sendy can easily sell, move goods, and get financing.
Following their selection as Technology Pioneers, 2022 companies will join an impressive group of alumni that include many household names, such as:
By joining this community, Technology Pioneers begin a 2-year journey where they are part of the World Economic Forum’s initiatives, activities, and events, bringing their cutting-edge insight and fresh thinking to critical global discussions.
Technology Pioneers also get to be part of the Forum’s Global Innovators Community, which is an invitation-only group of the world’s most promising start-ups and scale-ups that are at the forefront of technological and business model innovation.