Meet the Hottest Startups from the Challenge Cup Cape Town

February 12, 2014

1:02 pm

Recently the Challenge Cup made its way to Cape Town, South Africa at popular coworking center 88 mph.  Dozens of startups gave their one-minute pitch on stage to a panel of judges, where one company from each category would emerge as the winner and move onto the final round competition and the chance to take home the grand prize of $150,000.

In the spirit of Tech Cocktail, however, we want your take.  We ran a poll for each category (Education, Energy, Health, and Smart Cities), to see who you thought was the hottest of the group.  The readers have spoken.  Below are your Reader’s Choice winners.

The Challenge Cup Cape Town’s Hottest Showcasing Startups


Squirrelthat– 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 of similar interests.


Powertime – Range of mobile applications focused on electricity vending. Since the creation of the company, Powertime has established a strong relationship with more than 50 municipalities, including most major metros and private utilities and today supports over 9 million prepaid and postpaid electricity customers.


Medyear – Allows a person to download health records directly from healthcare entities. No more faxing or scanning paper documents. Just provide them your Medyear address, and your actual medical records are instantly, securely transmitted into a Medyear account that you control.

Smart Cities

Mellowcabs – South African Non-motorized transport and advertising company, focusing on the implementation and operation of pedicabs nationwide. Pedicabs are high-tech, electrically assisted human-powered vehicles that facilitate first- and last-mile transport solutions across a broad spectrum.

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When Zach Davis isn't getting lost in the mountains, he is hustling from Boulder, CO as Tech Cocktail's Director of Marketing. He is the author of Appalachian Trials, a book chronicling the mindset necessary for thru-hiking all 2,181 miles of the Appalachian Trail, a feat he accomplished in 2011. Zach is a green tea enthusiast, die-hard Chicago sports fan, and avid concert-goer. Follow Zach on Twitter: @zrdavis.

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