Data Integrated (DIL) won the popular vote (audience vote), at the MEST Africa Summit Challenge held on 20th June, 2018 in Cape town, South Africa. The company was also placed second favourite by the judges at the competition that had 4 participating teams from across the African region.
Mary Mwangi (DIL) Chief Executive Officer made the impressive pitch in Capetown, South Africa. She was accompanied by the company Chief Operating Officer, Anson Knausenberger. Former NTV anchor and now BBC presenter, Larry Madowo was the host of the competition.
“We were very excited to get the recognition and to be selected among the top contenders. We believe this is only the beginning to many other wins,” says Mary Mwangi, the CEO and founder of Data Integrated.
The company has 3 flagship brands namely, MobiTill Epesi, a public transport system, Mapato, an SME payroll system and MobiTill POS, a point of sale for SME’s.
The winner of the Cape town competition was Accounteer from Nigeria and took home the prize money of $50,000. Others that were on the competition were Ghana’s Cowtribe and South Africa’s Swift Vee.
Data Integrated was representing the East African region after winning at the regional level. The competition began in April, 2018 with more than 800 entries made from various start-ups.
The Summit, in partnership with Facebook, MTN, Merck and GHL Bank, is in its third year and brought together leading global investors, entrepreneurs and executives in African tech to discuss trends impacting the continent.
The event was hosted by the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) – which has now been active in Africa for 10 years.
The Challenge was a highlight of the closing day of the MEST Africa Summit, which brought together stakeholders from Africa, Silicon Valley and Europe to network and discuss trends, challenges and opportunities affecting markets across the continent, under the theme “The Year of the African Scaleup?”