Four African startups made the Global Disrupt 100 Index 2018 that ranks 2018’s most innovative startups from across the world. A data intelligence and innovation company, Tällt Ventures compiled the list which aims to celebrate the ventures with the most potential to influence, change or create new global markets. The judges consisted of entrepreneurs tech accelerators and global brands such as Google, Über and Oracle.

Kenyan startup Pawame, which is an off-grid home solar company, is the highest ranked African venture at number 44 on the list. Pawame’s pay-as-you-go solar home system, customers can benefit from clean and affordable electricity, while it also builds a credit history that can unlock access to other products and services. Pawame announced in March that had raised US$2 million in funding through Gulf-based investors to help reach its goal of electrifying 150 million households in sub-saharan Africa. Another Kenyan startup, BRCK was placed 63rd on the list. BRCK launched in 2013 as a rugged router designed for harsh environments with limited connectivity and power, which has the ability to hop between sources and has the ability to stay on in the middle of a blackout using its built-in battery. Next on the list is a Ghanaian startup which sees itself on number 68 on the list, also launched in 2013, same year as BRCK, AgroCenta, is an online sales platform for smallholder farmer, this startup was recently named winner of the Global Seedstars World Competition, and South African based buy-to-lease solar marketplace Sun Exchange was number 90. The startup has developed a fintech platform that promotes sustainable business practices by connecting conscious capital to commercial solar projects. “This is now our third year celebrating global innovation- and this year’s cohort are a truly exciting bunch. Each company featured is revolutionising their particular industry, as well as the world we live in, and we’re looking forward to seeing how they grow and effect change in the coming years,” said Disrupt 100 founder Matt Connolly.

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