Two young Ghanaian IT companies, Dropifi and SMSGH have been named in this year’s edition of Forbes Africa Magazine’s Top 20 Technology Start Up Companies in Africa.
Dropifi, a web messaging platform came in third, while SMSGH, a digital content aggregation company came in at 17th on a list that had leading technology startups from South Africa, Kenya, and even the UK.
The prestigious list comprised technology startups, which were less than 10 years old, showed relevance in helping to overcome Africa’s problems in areas like communications and skills shortage, had an online presence and demonstrated social media activity, and had a Pan-African presence and or ownership.
Dropifi is less than one year old, fully-owned by three Ghanaian young men, and has developed a programme that would provide businesses organizations with the opportunity to obtain more information from persons who fill out contact forms, thus converting such people into customers. The service is due to be launched in July this year, but it already has over 1,000 companies signing up as prospective customers.
It also promises intelligent and Spam-free inboxes, and to help businesses to gain instant insight into industry metrics and other information in order to make quicker and better business decision.
But that was not the first and only time Dropifi had gained international media recognition; the company was recently ranked third Top Technology Start-up in Africa by ITNewsAfrica.com; fourth Top Brilliant African Technology Start-up by MemeBurn.com, and it also won Startupweekend Accra competition in Ghana recently.
SMSGH also made the Forbes list because it is only seven years old, completely owned by Ghanaian young men led by a KNUST Chemistry Graduate, Alex Adjei Bram; has an online presence and provides on-the-job training for several fresh IT Engineering and Programming graduates, and has provided full-time jobs to 23 of them so far.
The full list of the ranking is below:
1. MXit – Founded in 2003, MXit was one of the first Mobile Instant messaging services in the world and in Africa, and has a userbase of about 45m. (South Africa)
2. Yola – Founded in 2007, Yola is a simple website builder and hosting service, that allows anyone without any HTML skills to easily create websites. (South Africa)
3. Dropifi – Founded in 2011, Dropifi assists businesses better respond to incoming messages via their website, and also includes analytics for website owners. (Ghana)
4. Cobi Interactive – Founded in 2009, Cobi interactive is a mobile software development company with clients. (South Africa)
5. FloCash – Founded in 2010, FloCash allows anyone with an email address and mobile number to send and receive money across Africa simply and easily. (UK)
6. Obami – Founded in 2009, Obami is a social network and learning management system for schools, teachers and students. (South Africa)
7. Bandeka – Founded in 2011, Bandeka is an exclusive social network, for building relationships/dating. (Ghana and Nigeria)
8. Jobberman – Founded in 2009, Jobberman is west africa’s most popular job and placement website. (Nigeria)
9. Motribe – Founded in 2011, Motribe is a mobile platform enabling users, brands, agencies and publishers across the world to build and manage their own mobile social communities. (South Africa)
10. PesaPal – Founded in 2009, PesaPal is a payment platform that enables Kenyans to buy and sell on the Internet using M-Pesa, Zap and Credit Cards. (Kenya)
11. Synaq – Founded in 2004, Synaq provides messaging and security products built around open source solutions. (South Africa)
12. Rupu – Founded in 2010, Rupu is a daily deals website modeled on group on. (Kenya)
13. BongoLive – Founded in 2010, BongoLive is a mobile and SMS services company. (Tanzania)
14. Skyrove – Founded in 2006, Skyrove is South Africa’s largest independent Wi-Fi hotspot network with over 600 Wi-Fi hotspots in South Africa. (South Africa)