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Cape Town Startup Ecosystem Overview

City Ranking
National Ranking
1st
0
in South Africa
Regional Ranking
1st
0
in Southern Africa
Global Ranking
145th
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1
worldwide

top industries
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Software and Data
#75 worldwide
Education icon
Education
#83 worldwide
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Fintech
#88 worldwide

notable startups
startup iconLuno
startup iconProdigy Finance
startup iconPet Heaven

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ecosystem description

The Startup Ecosystem of Cape Town is ranked at number 145 globally, and shows a positive momentum increasing 1 spots since 2020. Cape Town also ranks at number 1 in South Africa, and 1 in Southern Africa.

Cape Town is an ideal place to locate for Software and Data, Education and Fintech startups. As the most popular industries in Cape Town, there is a sample of 30 Software and Data startups in Cape Town, 26 Education startups in Cape Town, and 10 Fintech startups in Cape Town, on the StartupBlink Map.

On the StartupBlink Global Startup Ecosystem Map there is also a sample of 109 startups in Cape Town, 3 accelerators in Cape Town, 7 coworking spaces in Cape Town, 17 organizations in Cape Town and 1 leaders in Cape Town.

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Luno makes it safe and easy to buy, store and learn about cryptocurrencies in South Africa. Read more
Pet Heaven is an online only pet supplies ecommerce company, specialising in scheduled pet food deliveries. Read more
Yoco is a point-of-sale payments provider for small businesses in Africa. Read more
Shop star is a provider of software for the operation of online retail shopping sites. Read more
OVEX is a cryptocurrency exchange company. Read more
Yoco helps 100,000 small businesses in South Africa get paid in-store, online, and on the go. Read more
Peach Payments makes it easy for online and mobile business to accept payments from consumers in the emerging markets. We are Live! in South Africa. We offer all the relevant payment methods including mobile wallets, electronic wallets, bank transfers and credit/debit card payments. Products offered: 1. PCI Compliant integration for your website 2. SDK for iOS and Android for in-app payments 3. Single Click and Subscrition/Recurring billing supported 4. Real-time fraud prevention solution Merchants can integrate in a number of ways: 1. JSON based simple "copy and paste" integration 2. Embed a payment form on your website in an iframe and customize with CSS and JS 3. Flexible XML and POST API 4. HTML5 compliant form for mobile sites and in-app SDKs for iOS and Android apps  Read more
HostAfrica provides high-performance servers and hosting services competitive and affordable rates. Read more
Unlock company culture with ongoing recognition & feedback. Hi5 is a fun, cloud-based app that enables co-workers to recognise & rate each other in real time, and provide continuous feedback. Management & HR teams are able to track and monitor goals, as well as measure culture. Read more
ExchangeRate-API has been used by thousands of developers and programmers since it's launch in 2010. Our currency API is as simple to use as making an HTTP request. Only one line of code in many programming languages! Read more
We’re an edtech startup based in Cape Town that focuses on teaching young adults how to code as a means of economic redress, focusing on creating employment opportunities as well as closing the race and gender-based wage gaps present in our society. Read more
Lulalend is an online lending company that provides fast and easy working capital funding to small businesses in South Africa. Read more
www.travelstart.co.za is South Africa's leading online travel agency. Offering online bookings for flights, hotels and carhire! Read more
Zaio is a customized learning journeys to build a pipeline of talent for companies. Read more
We are changing the way frontline services are delivered by providing our customers with better data and giving their workforce new tools to help those in need. Our technology, CommCare, the world’s most powerful mobile data collection platform, was built with this goal in mind Read more
DigsConnect is the largest student accommodation marketplace in South Africa. Read more
JOOX is a free music streaming app for songs, radio, karaoke, radio & playlists. Read more
Carry1st develops and publishes social games and digital commerce apps that are interactive to serve the African market. Read more
Picup is a technology company focusing on last mile delivery. Read more
Gannet develops and produces drone products used for fishing, and search and rescue. Their drones are fully waterproof and can drop bait or life-saving devices several hundred yards out in a matter of seconds. Read more
Aerobotics is a SA Ag-Tech startup focused on providing tree crop protection to farmers through early problem detection and alerts. Our Aeroview platform combines weekly satellite data, drone imagery and scout information to track farm performance on a per-tree basis Read more
DataProphet is a leader in AI that enables manufacturers to step towards autonomous manufacturing. Our AI-as-a-service proactively prescribes changes to plant control plans to continuously optimize production without the expert human analysis that is typically required Read more
ShopDirect simplifies eCommerce by providing a SaaS Hosted solution to companies across the retail landscape. Our modular product solutions ensure that clients requirements are delivered swiftly and at a price which ensures an 80% closing rate on proposals. Read more
Ditto Hire is an intelligent recruiting platform that will make you source, manage, market and place more qualified candidates in less time. Read more
RainFin is an online marketplace where you can safely, quickly and cheaply borrow from or lend to people and around you. You will be helping yourself and other people in your community. RainFin works on a community principle, where all the members help each other and develop together. It’s about growing together and not just individually. RainFin’s concept and technologies offer a win-win for both sides, whether you are borrowing or investing. The Borrowers are able to borrow with conditions far better than in the traditional collateralised loan market and Lenders can experience the benefits of lower fees and better interest. Read more
Enlabeler aims to merge the need for accurate video, text, image, and audio labeling with the urgent need for job creation. Read more
Treeshake is the social marketing consultancy for changemakers. We combine social media, behavioural science, and storytelling to create impact.' Read more
Specialists in the structure, growth and optimization of communication functions for corporates, brands, and decision makers. Read more
African News Agency is Africa's premier independent news syndication service. Read more
Candystick was founded at the beginning of 2015 to try and improve the experience of group gifting within South Africa. Simply put, to facilitate the safe collection of money from friends, family and colleagues for gifts and events of your choice! Read more
Hepstar is a global leader in personalised travel insurance merchandising. Read more
World leading science and technology company that wants people from all walks of life to enjoy optimal health Read more
crowdCaster re-imagines radio, allowing you the chance to share your stories and sounds with the world - in easy-to-digest, bite-sized audio clips of 140 seconds Read more
Sticitt is a cashless payment platform. Read more
Electrum builds software that represents the next generation of payments technology. Read more
Better medical referrals by mobile phone Read more
Zoona is a distribution business that enables the drive of young entrepreneurs and the power of cutting-edge technology to bring safe and reliable financial services to underserved communities all over Africa. Read more
UAV Industries has a simple vision: “To become the standard for safe and legal drone operations in Africa Read more
Resolving claims and disputes by processing legal information efficiently. Read more
GoMetro makes commuting on transit awesome again!! We connect transit operators with their commuters much more effectively by using mobile channels of communication. Our 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. The platform then also allows operators to communicate intelligently with riders. GoMetro wants to make using public transport a much better experience than what it currently is. Our app allows commuters to access realtime rail information, even before they leave their home, allowing them to take control of their transit experience. The personalized information service we have established provides early alerts and employer notifications. Capturing travel patterns of our users allows us to provide mobile transit ticketing inApp Read more
LayUp Technologies is a payment solution company. Read more
Mobiz is a marketing cloud that delivers hyper-personalized mobile campaigns through the reach of text messaging. Read more
Digemy is an EduTech that help training providers transform their physical workshops into engaging and effective online learning. Read more
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Top Cities for Startups in South Africa Ranked by StartupBlink

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