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South Africa Startup Ecosystem Overview

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Hardware & IoT
#45 worldwide
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#46 worldwide
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#47 worldwide

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startup iconOzow formerly known as i-Pay
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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 56 Hardware & IoT startups in South Africa, 48 Transportation startups in South Africa and 15 Education startups in South Africa, on the StartupBlink Map.

On the StartupBlink Global Startup Ecosystem Map there is a sample of 183 startups in South Africa, 3 accelerators in South Africa, 21 coworking spaces in South Africa, 19 organizations in South Africa and 1 leaders in South Africa.

South Africa Startups


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Luno makes it safe and easy to buy, store and learn about cryptocurrencies in South Africa. 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
Yoco is a point-of-sale payments provider for small businesses in Africa. Read more
Fintech company based in Cape Town 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
Pet Heaven is an online only pet supplies ecommerce company, specialising in scheduled pet food deliveries. Read more
Ikeja is a wireless network provider that uses bespoke solutions to provide internet connectivity to locations. Read more
Lulalend is an online lending company that provides fast and easy working capital funding to small businesses in South Africa. Read more
OVEX is a cryptocurrency exchange company. Read more
HostAfrica provides high-performance servers and hosting services competitive and affordable rates. 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
Shop star is a provider of software for the operation of online retail shopping sites. 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
Cargo and Freight courier, anything - fast Read more is South Africa's leading online travel agency. Offering online bookings for flights, hotels and carhire! 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
SnapBill is a web based billing software for freelancers and small businesses. 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
Jimbu is an online platform for displaying, ordering and distributing uniforms, merchandising and other apparel products Read more
BluWave CRM is a cloud based application based on a multi-tenant single instance infrastructure. Application covers all standard features of what one would expect. Competitive advantage is rich functionality, ease of use and ability to integrate to most accounting systems. Developed using HTML 5 it runs like a dream on devices such as as iPads and most tablets. Priced at a very competitive $25 per user per month. Busy developing Service Manager which includes job ticketing and job tracking, help desk features.  Read more
Connecting commuters to private shuttles on their commute to work - freeing up time and saving money Read more
Picup is a technology company focusing on last mile delivery. Read more
Yoco helps 100,000 small businesses in South Africa get paid in-store, online, and on the go. Read more
DigsConnect is the largest student accommodation marketplace in South Africa. Read more
Pineapple allows users to insure personal belongings by taking pictures using their mobile devices. By snapping pictures, Pineapple is able to provide insurance quotes and comprehensive coverage to users. 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
Promasidor is the leading provider of high-quality food products across various regions in Africa. Our milk powders, culinary, beverages and cereal products are affordable, delicious and good for you. 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
Zaio is a customized learning journeys to build a pipeline of talent for companies. 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
Online marketplace for unskilled jobs 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
Kuba Technologies aims to empower informal & small enterprises by providing them with tools needed to facilitate easy access to market. Read more
On demand transport service that makes it easier and safer to transport household goods and furniture Read more
JOOX is a free music streaming app for songs, radio, karaoke, radio & playlists. Read more
Electrum builds software that represents the next generation of payments technology. 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
Paymenow Group is an employee benefits platform that offers users early access to earned wages at affordable rates. Read more
Maxicash is a Fintech company & developer of a mobile app that helps African financially support their loved ones back home. Read more
World leading science and technology company that wants people from all walks of life to enjoy optimal health 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
The LaunchLab is a business incubator at Stellenbosch University, South Africa Read more
Centbee is the easiest way to store, spend and send Bitcoin (BSV) safely on you mobile phone. 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
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
Linx is a automation tool designed to reduce development time and costs. With Linx you can create, integrate and automate business applications, ranging from simple to highly complex, without the need for programming. Typically 5x faster to market than traditional software development, Linx uses robust, drag-and-drop components to quickly and efficiently create, integrate, connect or automate business applications. Versatile and scalable, use Linx for rapid application development; easily generate Windows processes, create and consume web services, integrate legacy systems, automate data transfers, file handling and a great deal more. Read more
LayUp Technologies is a payment solution company. Read more
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