A Kenyan startup firm has been named “Startup of the year Africa 2018”.
The firm dubbed HydroIQ- came up with a device that is plugged into the existing water supply network, turning the traditional water system into a smart water grid has been announced as the winner at the recently concluded awards ceremony, which took place in Casablanca.
HydroIQ is installed at the households to monitor consumption in real-time, and allow consumers to pay for only the water they consume on a pay as you go basis using mobile money. Once subscribed, the device allows its clients to get real time data on water consumption receive alerts whenever leaks happen automate payment collection.
Following the success of the first edition of “Startup of the year Africa”, the collaborative startup magazine Startup. With the support of major international groups such as OCP, ENGIE, QWANT, FINANCE INNOVATION, PwC, Labs-NS-Avocats, Holmarcom Group, Royal Air Maroc, as well as 70 media and ecosystem partners, Startup.Info launched the 2nd edition of the contest “Startup of the year Africa”.
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. The jury of experts of the competition « Startup of the year Africa 2018 » on January 24, 2018 to choose the winners of the following awards:
HydroIQ was founded by Brian Bosire & Victor Shikoli, HydroIQ. This is a virtual Water Network Operator which brings intelligence in water distribution by preventing leakages on the network and automatic (mobile) billing a payment.
According to a statement from APO, the main prize for the African startup of the year is 10,000€ in Cash and a 10,000€ Visibility Pack (Startup.info website background with 100,000+ views, mention in press campaign, banner in emailing), integration into our partners’ business network.