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South Africa Startup Ecosystem Overview

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Regional Ranking
1st
0
in Southern Africa
Global Ranking
48th
+
4
worldwide
Population
60.8
million

top industries
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Hardware & IoT
#45 worldwide
Transportation icon
Transportation
#46 worldwide
Education icon
Education
#47 worldwide

notable startups
startup iconDaily Maverick
startup iconLuno
startup iconExplore Data Science Academy

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ecosystem description

The South Africa Startup Ecosystem is a regional Leader in innovation, ranked at number 48 globally, and shows a positive momentum 4 spots since 2020. South Africa also ranks at number 1 for startups in Southern Africa.

There are 4 cities ranked in the top 1,000 in South Africa and the top ranked city in South Africa is Cape Town at 145 globally. Cape Town is followed by Johannesburg at 152 and Pretoria at 490.

South Africa is an ideal place to locate for Hardware & IoT, Transportation and Education startups. As the most popular industries in the country, there is a sample of 71 Hardware & IoT startups in South Africa, 58 Transportation startups in South Africa and 22 Education startups in South Africa, on the StartupBlink Map.

On the StartupBlink Global Startup Ecosystem Map there is a sample of 257 startups in South Africa, 4 accelerators in South Africa, 21 coworking spaces in South Africa, 19 organizations in South Africa and 1 leaders in South Africa.

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The Daily Maverick is an online newspaper with news, information, analysis, newsletters, opinion pieces, and advertisements. Read more
Luno makes it safe and easy to buy, store and learn about cryptocurrencies in South Africa. Read more
The Explore Data Science Academy will serve the demand for big data analytics skills . Read more
Ozow is an instant EFT payment service in South Africa that allows your customer to make secure online payments directly into your bank. Read more
I-Pay is an instant EFT payment service in South Africa that allows your customer to make secure online payments directly into your bank. Read more
ClevR is an online platform that wants to steer tertiary students clear of debt. 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
Fintech company based in Cape Town Read more
Yoco helps 100,000 small businesses in South Africa get paid in-store, online, and on the go. Read more
Online audio platform providing podcasting, live-streaming & audio advertising & other value-added audio services to content providers Read more
TymeBank is a South African fully black-owned and controlled investment company. Read more
SweepSouth is a cleaning service company that connects clients to on-demand domestic cleaners via an online booking platform. Read more
iKhokha,a Durban based fintech startup, offers a device that is a low-cost mobile payments solution, helping merchants accept card payments. 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
Pargo understands that parcel delivery is about convenience, speed and reliability. Read more
Ikeja is a wireless network provider that uses bespoke solutions to provide internet connectivity to locations. 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
Online maths lessons for African learners Read more
Yoco is a point-of-sale payments provider for small businesses in Africa. Read more
OfferZen is a platform to get competing job offers from top South African tech companies. Read more
Online marketplace for unskilled jobs Read more
Online travel agency with over 30,000 listings across Africa. Holiday homes, guest house, villa and B&B rentals. Read more
Pet Heaven is an online only pet supplies ecommerce company, specialising in scheduled pet food deliveries. 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
Maxicash is a Fintech company & developer of a mobile app that helps African financially support their loved ones back home. Read more
On demand transport service that makes it easier and safer to transport household goods and furniture 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
StokFella puts the power of informed financial management and financial decision-making in the hands of all Stokvels. Read more
way to buy, sell and trade cars. Read more
MathsGee Answers is a global, STEM-focused Q&A platform where you can ask people from all over the world educational questions for improved outcomes. Read more
uAfrica.com is a technology company that provides cloud-based, e-commerce services to SMEs across Africa. Read more
RecoMed is an online healthcare booking platform and marketplace for healthcare providers. Read more
MobiLife is an insurance provider aiming to transform micro-insurance in South Africa. Read more
HostAfrica provides high-performance servers and hosting services competitive and affordable rates. Read more
Shop star is a provider of software for the operation of online retail shopping sites. Read more
Lulalend is an online lending company that provides fast and easy working capital funding to small businesses in South Africa. Read more
Picup is a technology company focusing on last mile delivery. Read more
Planet42 is democratising mobility by enabling people ignored by banks to get access to a personal vehicle through car subscription service. Read more
As a global edtech company, Snapplify specialises in enabling digital learning via the largest digital educational marketplace in Africa. Read more
Mortgage Market is a fintech startup that has created an online marketplace for home loans. Read more
Carry1st develops and publishes social games and digital commerce apps that are interactive to serve the African market. Read more
Centbee is the easiest way to store, spend and send Bitcoin (BSV) safely on you mobile phone. Read more
Cargo and Freight courier, anything - fast 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
Zaio is a customized learning journeys to build a pipeline of talent for companies. Read more
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Top Cities for Startups in South Africa Ranked by StartupBlink

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