The Southern  Africa Startup Awards (SASAwards) is a nonprofit initiative of Setup A Startup. It was founded in 2017. SASAwards is the Southern Africa (SADC) Chapter of the world renowned Global Startup Awards which provides an annual spotlight on web/tech startups in regions across the globe with focus on startups from 0-5 years old, highlighting up-and-coming and established technology talent globally.

Entries are judged by an esteemed panel of judges, all leaders in the respective fields, as well as by public vote. Global Startup Awards is the largest independent startup-ecosystem competition started in the Nordics in 2012, covering more than 63 countries in 7 regions.

The 2019 Edition

The regional finalists in the second edition of the Southern Africa Startup Awards (SASAWARDS) have been selected. A total of 346 contenders across 19 categories and 12 countries were shortlisted from 2,444 nominations - an extremely tough task for the judges given the exceptionally high standard of entries.

Now, voting officially opens today -  Monday, 28 October up until Sunday,10 November  2019 on the SASAWARDS website to see which of these startups will go through to the Global Startup Awards and solidify Africa's standing as the hub of  talent.


And here are the Regional Finalists (12 SADC countries)

Best Newcomer: Appy Saúde:  
Best Coworking Space: Launchedpad Angola    
Best Social Impact Startup: Bisno            
Best Edutech Startup: Educartis
Best Healthtech Startup: Apply Saúde  
Startup of the Year: Appy Saúde              
People's Choice of the Year: Kepya      

Fintech of the Year: Seriti Insights          
Female Role Model of the Year: Rethabile Konopo        
Best Social Impact Startup: These Hands GSSE  
Best Edutech Startup: Inforserve Training            
Founder of the Year: Nomsa Makgabenyana    
Best Healtech Startup: Yapili      
Startup of the Year: My Foodness          
Best Newcomer: Seriti Insights
Best Food/Agritech Startup: TGNJ Investments Proprietary Limited        
People's Choice of the Year: Nomsa Makgabenyana/ Seriti Insights      

Best Newcomer: Girls Coding Academy
Best Startup Ecosystem Initiative:    
Best Foodtech/Agritech Startup: AgriTech Solutions      
Best Social Impact Startup: Girls Coding Academy            
Best Accelerator/Incubator Programme: College of Cooperative Entrepreneurship and Business Studies              
People's Choice of the Year: Girls Coding Academy        

Best Fintech Startup: Vanilla Pay            
Best Foodtech/Agritech Startup: Soanamad      
Best Social Impact Startup: Green N Kool            
Female Role Model of the Year: Marie Christina Kolo    
Startup of the Year: Ny Manjary:            
People's Choice of the Year: Ratsirahonana Tiasoa Samantha    

Female Role Model of the Year: Wangiwe Joanna Kambuz        
Best Startup Ecosystem Initiative: Chiponde Business Group    
Best Co-working Space of the Year: Mzuzu E-Hub          
Best Social Impact Startup: TakenoLAB
Best Edutech Startup: TakenoLAB          
Founder of the Year: Spencer Nundwe Jr            
Best Healtech Startup: One Clinic Yathu (OCLIYA)            
Startupof the Year: Droidfx Technologies          
Best Newcomer: One Clinic Yathu (OCLIYA)        
Best Accelerator/Incubator: mHub Malawi        
People's Choice of the Year: Prisca Chipao/Empower    

Female Role Model of the Year: Veda Dean      
Startup of the Year: Demars      
Best Startup Ecosystem Initiative: Connectme  
Best Newcomer of the Year: Discover Mauritius              
Brave Founder Beginnings: Joseph Rutakangwa              
Best Foodtech/Agritech Startup: JUA    
Best Student Tech Startup: Roomsout Ltd          
Best Social Impact Startup: Smarty Nappy          
Best Edutech Startup: Afriedx Technology Ltd  
Founder of the Year: Joseph Rutakangwa          
Best Accelerator/Incubator Programme: P-Cube Ltd      
Best Fintech Startup: BLNS Ltd  
Best Media Partner: Discover Mauritius              
Best Healthtech Startup: State Informatics Ltd  
People's Choice: Joanne Rannoojee      

Fintech of the Year: Luzacredito, Ei        
Female Role Model of the Year: Ancha Salvador              
Best Startup Ecosystem Initiative: Muva ´Titude              
Best Co-working Space of the Year: Orange Corners Maputo    
Best Fashion Tech Startup: Gentleman´s Barber Shop    
Best Water Crisis Management Solution: BRICK n BAG Gardening          
Best Social Impact Startup: Daisy Handmade Soap          
Best Edutech Startup: Explicador Inc, Lda            
Founder of the Year: Mozbuy  
Startup of the Year: Riha            
Best Newcomer: We Deliva SA.
Best Food/Agritech Startup: Dzimene Agrobusiness      
Best Media Partner: Anima        
Best Accelerator/Incubator: Moz Innovation Lab            
People's Choice of the Year: We Deliva SA        

Female Role Model of the Year: Nashilongo  Gervasius-Nakale
Best Newcomer: Easyshop Mobile Marketing CC            
Best Startup Ecosystem Initiative: Dololo            
Best Coworking Space: Dololo  
Best Fashion Tech Startup: Nels Babies
Best Foodtech/ Agritech Startup: Oshuulo Trading Enterprises CC            
Best Student Tech Startup: Cyclops Manufacturing Namibia        
Best Media Partner: Poiyah Media        
Best Social Impact Startup: Suncycles Namibia  
Founder of the Year: Tim Wucher          
Startup of the Year: Green Earth Creations CC  
Best Accelerator/ Incubator: Dololo      
People's Choice of the Year: Luciana Kangombe/ Namibian Weddings  

Fintech of the Year: Mama Money        
Female Role Model of the Year: Lynette Hundermark  
Best Startup Ecosystem Initiative: GrowthWheel SA      
Brave Founder of the Year: Akintunde Rotimi    
Best Co-working Space of the Year: Workshop 17            
Best Fashion Tech Startup: Orinea Tshivhenga  
Investor of the Year: Kalon Venture Partners    
Best Water Crisis Management Solution: Lige Pty Ltd    
Best Student Tech Startup: Quillo            
Best Social Impact Startup: Ctrl
Best Edutech Startup: Why Toyz              
Founder of the Year: Lars Veul
Best Healtech Startup: The Birthing Team          
Startup of the Year: LULA            
Best Newcomer: MomSays        
Best Food/Agritech Startup: Revolute Systems
Best Media Partner: The Loudhailer      
Best Accelerator/Incubator: Startupbootcamp  AfriTech              
People's Choice of the Year: No Land Farming  

Best Startup Ecosystem Initiative: Robotech Labs            
Best Social Impact Startup: Toolboksi    
Best Edutech Startup: Explicador Inc, Lda            
Founder of the Year: Julius J Mbungo    
Startup of the Year: Robotech Lab          
Best Newcomer: Robotech Labs              
Best Accelerator/Incubator: SmartLab  
People's Choice of the Year: Robotech Labs      

Startup of the Year: Afridelivery              
Best FoodTech/ AgriTech Startup: Savanna Premium Chocolate
Best Media Partner: Dailynation              
Best Health Tech Startup: Briisp Inventions        
Best Accelerator or Incubator Programme: WeCreate Zambia    
Brave Founder Beginnings: Tafadzwa Kalisto Munzwa  
Best Coworking Space: Lusaka Impacthub          
Best Startup Ecosystem Initiative: Burger Queen            
Best Newcomer: Dawa Clinic    
Female Role Model of the Year: Stella Sata        
Best Student Tech Startup: Soar Free Pharmaceuticals  
Best Social Impact Startup: Dice Juice bar            
Best EduTech Startup: Zed Tutors            
Founder of the Year: Chiinga Musonda & Lynn Musonda Phiri.  
Best Fintech Startup: Edu-Pay  

Female Role Model of the Year: Dr Faith Nyamukapa    
Best Startup Ecosystem Initiative: Overuse Enterprises Pvt Limited/Mazibisa Inc              
Best Foodtech/Agritech Startup: YouFarm          
Best Social Impact Startup: Farai Pyro    
Founder of the Year: Nkosana Mazibisa              
Best Newcomer: Zim Waves      
People's Choice of the Year: Johan Paul Matenga/YouFarm