Eskimi, Maliyo Games Founders Are Global Forum’s Top 50 Entrepreneurs

This week infoDev’s 2013 Global Forum on Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship in South Africa welcomes 50 top SME entrepreneurs from Africa and other continents, selected to participate in a Dragons Den Pitching Competition.

 – Nigeria – Vytautas Paukstys

Eskimi is a mobile social network created to help users meet new people. The company helps users find each other, chat, play games, and exchange photos or videos. In Nigeria, Eskimi is the second most visited site, after Facebook (and before internet giants Google, Yahoo and BBC).

 – Nigeria – Hugo Obi

Maliyo Games creates games with localized narratives, char- acters, environment and sounds to share the experience of everyday Africa with the world. These games are distributed via mobile and web browsers, sharing Africa’s amazing but seemingly insignificant stories with a global audience through gaming and transmedia platforms.

 – Nigeria – Francis Onwumere

Prowork is a mobile first enterprise class project management and collaboration solution for business. Prowork allows its users to share documents, group chat, and track activities and performance as they happen in real time, helping to reduce costs and increase productivity.

Here’s the full list of the Global Top 50 selected ventures:

Afroes, Agro Servicos LDA (Gutsamba), Amant Antennas, Angaza Design, Asly “Original, Beza Mar Honey, Centsless, Cobitec, Comprehensive Design Services, EcoPower Liberia, eeZydeel, Eskimi, Farmerline, FireString, Gonnasphere, Greengar, Greennovation Technologies, Hydrogen Industrial, Innokiq (mPawa), Khaya power PTy ltd, Kuza Mobile, ListenMi Caribbean Ltd (CDMA), Maliyo Games, MicroForester, MobiFlock, Mobilab Ltd., Mobile Payment Solutions Ltd., Mobile SKills to Cash (MS2C), MobiTrader, Mpayer (Zege Technologies Ltd), Mprep Kenya, mTracker (Fomobi), People Input, ProWork, Qabila Media Productions, Rico Technologies, Robopartans LTD, SEMA Kenya, SkillPod Media, SliceBiz, Smellnat, TeleSkin d.o.o, T-Files Indonesia,, Transcel, Tugo Builds (Pty) Ltd, TurboEoms S. A., UpEnergy, Virtual Bank, West Indies Recycling (WIR) Limited.

The 2013 Global Forum is organized by the WorldBank’s Information for Development Program (InfoDev), South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology and the Eastern Cape Province.

Top 50 entrepreneurs mentioned above pitched in a Dragon’s Den setting to meet mentors, investors and angels. The pitches can be watched online through the Global Forum. Today, the top 5 will be announced at the Global Forum’s closing ceremony at 4:00 PM.


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