Kenya based HydroIQ wins Startup of the year Africa 2018


Startup.Info ( has announced the winners of the Startup of the Year 2018 competition, following an awards ceremony which took place in Casablanca, Morocco. 

This year, more than 600 startups from 52 different countries took part, more than 12 000 online votes were gathered and 41 million people reached on social media.

Startup of the Year Africa 2018: HydroIQ (Kenya) 

HydroIQ, Founded by Brian Bosire and Victor Shikoli, is a virtual Water Network Operator. It brings intelligence in water distribution by preventing leakages on the network and automatic mobile billing a payment.

QWANT PUBLIC CHOICE Award: Ecodome (Maroc) 

Ecodome Maroc, Founded by Youness Ouazri, produces ecotouristic housing made of natural soil in the form of domes.


GRACI, Founded by Brou Kouame Yves Laurent, is a startup aiming at the development of rice production in Ivory Coast. It proposes a program of production, certification and distribution of Improved Certified Seeds of rice.

ENGIE Special Prize STARTUP OF THE YEAR Award : Peachwater Consulting (Nigeria) 

Peachwater Consulting, Founded by Okey Ibekwe Esse, designs, manufactures and markets Powerstove clean cookstove that is smokeless and generates electricity with 70% less biomass fuel than competitors.


SEMOA, Founded by Edem Adjamagbo, proposes a solution to the development of e-commerce in Africa by installing payment terminals throughout the continent.

Holmarcom Group Special Prize: THEA (France)

THEA, Founded by Dr Eloi Monkam, is a medical mobile app that connects patients to doctors for a first diagnosis.

PwC – JURY CHOICE AWARD: Priyo (South Africa) (

Founded by Palesa Mahlatji, PRIYO has developed a portable solar digital smart computer lab to train youth from underprivileged, under-resourced schools and communities in rural and peri-urban areas on how to use the computer.

COMMUNITY MANAGER OF THE YEAR: Project Alpha (Madagascar) 

Project Alpha, Founded by Muriel Randriamasimanana is an event agency. Its principal activity is based on video games and e-sport phenomena.



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Thabo Mphahlele is the BizNis Africa Head of Sales and Marketing. Mphahlele was previously MultiChoice Production Support Analyst responsible for developing and monitoring applications. In addition, Mphahlele develops and automates batch scripts and is responsible for the daily infrastructure maintenance at MultiChoice. As a Production Support Analyst, he is responsible for incident analysis solving , developing and constructing business reports for SQL and Oracle and implement change controls for the business. Additional responsibility includes monitoring system performance via SOA, Kibaba (Elasticsearch), H.P BSM, HP Sitescope. Mphahlele is responsible for creating infrastructure performance reports through HP Ops Analytics, monitoring payments via Splunk and in-house built-in tool and disaster recovery simulation and testing. At Nashua Mobile, he was responsible for application development and enhancing the web sites At South West Gauteng College, he was the IT Technician and Network Administrator. During his tenure at Double Digit Media, he was he focused on application and web site development for new and existing clients Mphahlele contributes as a Content Manager for BizNis Africa.

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