4 Startups Win Big at the 1776 Challenge Cup Tour in Cape Town

February 5, 2014

3:00 pm

Our good buddies over at 1776 stopped by Cape Town, South Africa for another exciting episode of the Challenge Cup Tour. On Saturday, February 1, Cape Town’s coworking space and startup hub 88 mph hosted 17 different startup founders as they pitched their ideas across the categories of healthcare, energy, education, and smart cities.

Before 1776 continued on to Tel Aviv, they were able to crown four out of the 17 brave competitors all shooting for a slot at the 1776 Challenge Festival this coming May in Washington, D.C. The four promising startups that secured victory are:


  • Anasodiabitiz: Connects with people, support groups, health care providers, and companies within a user’s locality to work together to track a patient’s lifestyle and make diabetes less of a problem.


  • Khaya Power: They provide small amounts of power to those still living on the paraffin grid via portable batteries combined with a charging station that make use of grid or solar power.


  • Squirrelthat: A note taking platform that allows users to capture their learning immediately on any device. They later can choose what they want to do with it—including share it with groups with similar interests.

Smart Cities

  • Mellowcabs: A non-motorized transport and advertising company, focusing on the implementation and operation of pedicabs nationwide.

The other startups to present in each category were:


  • Doc Nearby: A tool to find doctors in your area, manage doctor appointments, and schedule data and communication between doctor and patient.
  • Medyear: A platform that allows users to securely transmit and download health records directly from healthcare entities to avoid faxing or scanning paper documents.


  • Green City Solutions: An e-commerce website established to provide online shopping for students located in a particular geographical area.
  • Powertime: They offer a range of mobile applications focused on electricity vending.


  • Kytabu: A textbook subscription application that allows students to rent pre-installed textbooks on low-cost Android tablet or desktop applications. Students can rent content as pages, chapters, or books on hourly, daily, weekly or monthly time frame and pay with mobile money.
  • Rethink Education: The Rethink team has developed an interactive online educational platform focused at the South Africa IEB and NSC Syllabus to be implemented at schools in Johannesburg and Cape Town.
  • Student Grid: The Student Grid is an ongoing photographic project about Bradford that was originally part of a landscape project for students on the B.A. Photography in Digital Media course.

Smart Cities

  • Fraudcracker: The FraudCracker system is powered by sister company, FeedbackRocket, which has developed powerful interactive technology to enable important anonymous conversations in the workplace.
  • GoMetro: A platform that connects transit operators with their commuters by using mobile channels of communication. The multi-platform app gives commuters tailored information on real-time arrivals and departures, current locations of vehicles, early notifications of operational breakdowns, and travel disruptions.
  • Motivate My City: They are aiming to build city-wide cultures of empowerment and excellence in which people can grow and flourish, city by city.
  • Mydoorhandle: A way to explain directions to your address or location by avoiding frustrating phone calls and text messages.
  • MySmartFarm: A comprehensive consolidation of high tech agri-services on one cloud platform; deliberated to mine agricultural data, it is the Windows for farmers and designed to empower them with valuable, cost effective and scientific advice.
  • SPOTTM: A crowd-sourcing mobile app that allows victims of crime to immediately report a crime to thousands of “Spotters” in their area; or instantly alert family and police during an emergency.

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Will is a Senior Writer with Tech.Co, based out of America's Finest City: San Diego. He covers all territory West of the Mississippi river, digging deep for awesome local entrepreneurs, companies, and ideas. He's the resident Android junkie and will be happy to tell you why you should switch to the OS. When he's off the clock, Will focuses his literary talent on the art of creative writing...or you might find him surfing in Ocean Beach. Follow Will on Twitter @WJS1988

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