President Emmanuel Macron of France wasn’t the only head of state to appear at Viva Technology in Paris, which wraps up the three-day expo on Saturday.
Also on hand were President Macky Sall of Senegal and President Paul Kagame of Rwanda, who participated in the Africa Tech forum. They were there to discuss digital innovation on the continent and promote African startups and investment in African tech.
Dozens of those startups participated too, from fintech companies to digital health and agriculture solutions. Just a few of the participating companies included:
OuiCarry, with offices in Senegal, Togo, Mali, Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire, is a local delivery service that makes it possible for West African consumers to buy products on international platforms like Amazon. The company receives the order at one of three international sites – in China, France or the United States – and then covers transit to the customer’s country and the historically complicated last mile.
Charis UAS is the first certified drone-operator company in Rwanda. Based in Kigali, Charis UAS offers a range of training programs and services to apply drone technology in various commercial sectors. These include agriculture, construction and mapping services. So far, they’ve worked in three countries.
Isahit is based in France but focused on boosting opportunities for 10,000 people, primarily women, in African nations by the end of five years. The outsourcing platform offers freelance projects in design, digital marketing and other creative spheres, and the opportunity to make 10 times the income common in developing nations in Africa and Asia.
To see a complete list of African startups at Viva Technology, check this link.
Image: Government of Senegal