5 South African startups have been named finalists of the 2017 Accenture Innovation Awards.
They will now attend the exclusive, invitation-only Accenture Innovation Conference on October 17 at Summer Place in Johannesburg, where they will present their innovation and winners will be announced.
According to Accenture, “We are thrilled that for this year’s Accenture Innovation Index Awards over 70 incredible companies registered. It has been an amazing journey. We have been presented with cutting-edge concepts thought out by driven individuals and teams.”
See the five startups below:
ColonyLive: ColonyLive helps radio and TV stations engage with their audience through a world-class cross-platform engagement engine, providing an “engaged audience metric” and facilitating audience assisted broadcasting through SMS, e-mail, instant messaging and social media.
The startup was founded by Marco Broccardo, and is one of three startups to be shortlisted in the emerging enterprises category.
ThisisMe: ThisisMe brings trust into transactions through proprietary, true identification technology. Through full verification, with a client’s permission, it is able to verify that a client is indeed “who they say they are”, mitigating the risk of fraudulent activity or money-laundering.
Founded by Juan Furmie and David Thomas, the FinTech startup has been shortlisted in the emerging enterprise category.
Solar Turtle: Solar Turtle is an ultra-secure solar solution in a box. Shipping containers are converted into small, mobile solar power stations. The solar panels fold securely into the container to prevent theft.
Solar Turtle was founded by James Van Der Walt around 2013, and has also been shortlisted for the emerging enterprises category.
HearX Group: Founded in 2013 by De Wet Swanepoel and Herman Myburgh, the HearX group offers the world’s first clinical smartphone hearing test solutions. Its aim is to provide healthy hearing for everyone, everywhere.
The startup has been shortlisted in the small enterprises category.
CrashDetech: CrashDetech is a smartphone application that runs silently in the background on your phone. It automatically detects serious vehicle crashes and reduces emergency response times by pinpointing the crash location. It also ensures appropriate medical attention by providing vital patient information.
CrashDetech was founded by Jaco Gerrits in 2015, and has been shortlisted in the small enterprises category.