Eneza, Konga, Irokotv Emerges World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Africa

Eneza Education provides kids in rural Kenya with a virtual tutor, KONGA facilitates e-commerce while Irokotv is changing the economics of Nollywood in Nigeria and indeed Africans beyond borders. For their foresights the companies have awarded the start-up companies the most innovative companies in Africa by Fast Company Inc.

Other companies listed in the top ten recognition and innovative ratings are Ubongo, Leti Arts, Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology, M-Kopa, One Acre Fund, Praekelt Foundation and Jobberman.

Eneza Education, the Kenyan startup, co-founded by two former members of Nairobi’s iHub community, creates educational content that kids in low-income rural areas can access on low-end cell phones. Through its “virtual classroom,” students between the ages of 11 and 18 can study subjects including math, science, and English, and take any of its 2,000 quizzes and more than 16,000 questions, with the option of a mini lesson if they score below 50%—all for the equivalent of 50 U.S. cents a month

Konga is described as a “behemoth” in the making, and in a statement released by the reputable Fast Company described Irokotv “as one of the first African video-on-demand companies to stream Nigerian Nollywood movies legally, iROKOtv has shown investors the potential of an industry that accounts for around 1.4% of GDP in Africa’s biggest economy.”

“Jobberman is addressing the massive unemployment issue in sub-Saharan Africa by leveraging the Internet to give job seekers free access to employment opportunities in a region that has historically had limitations on the flow of both information and people,” says cofounder and CEO Ayodeji Adewunmi. Backed by Tiger Global, the U.S. investment firm, and Seek, the Australian jobs site, Jobberman features jobs in Nigeria and Ghana, a market it entered more than two years ago. It also has a presence in east Africa through its sister company Brighter Monday. Last year, its revenue grew by 125% and it placed more than 70,000 people in jobs.


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