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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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The South Africa Startup Ecosystem is a regional Leader in innovation, ranked at number 49 globally, and shows a negative momentum -1 spots since 2021. 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 147 globally. Cape Town is followed by Johannesburg at 158 and Durban at 577.

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 70 Hardware & IoT startups in South Africa, 54 Transportation startups in South Africa and 21 Education startups in South Africa, on the StartupBlink Map.

On the StartupBlink Global Startup Ecosystem Map there is a sample of 241 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.

Startups in South Africa


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236 startups in representative sample
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 helps 100,000 small businesses in South Africa get paid in-store, online, and on the go. Read more
Fintech company based in Cape Town Read more
TymeBank is a South African fully black-owned and controlled investment company. Read more
Luno makes it safe and easy to buy, store and learn about cryptocurrencies in South Africa. 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
The Explore Data Science Academy will serve the demand for big data analytics skills . Read more
Carry1st develops and publishes social games and digital commerce apps that are interactive to serve the African market. Read more
The Daily Maverick is an online newspaper with news, information, analysis, newsletters, opinion pieces, and advertisements. Read more
Skynamo is a field sales management and productivity app that provides real-time customer, stock, and sales information. Read more
OfferZen is a platform to get competing job offers from top South African tech companies. Read more
Affordable access to hearing care using digital solutions that anyone can use, anywhere Read more
SweepSouth is a cleaning service company that connects clients to on-demand domestic cleaners via an online booking platform. 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
Lulalend is an online lending company that provides fast and easy working capital funding to small businesses in South Africa. 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
The Sun Exchange is the peer-to-peer solar panel leasing platform,Connecting the world to the sun. Read more
World leading science and technology company that wants people from all walks of life to enjoy optimal health Read more
Ikeja is a wireless network provider that uses bespoke solutions to provide internet connectivity to locations. Read more
Enko Education is an Africa-wide network of international secondary schools in Africa that offers launchpad to world's best universities. 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
RecoMed is an online healthcare booking platform and marketplace for healthcare providers. Read more
way to buy, sell and trade cars. Read more is a technology company that provides cloud-based, e-commerce services to SMEs across Africa. Read more
OVEX is a cryptocurrency exchange company. Read more
Adumo is a privately held independent payment service provider. Read more
As a global edtech company, Snapplify specialises in enabling digital learning via the largest digital educational marketplace in Africa. Read more
Online travel agency with over 30,000 listings across Africa. Holiday homes, guest house, villa and B&B rentals. Read more
Pargo understands that parcel delivery is about convenience, speed and reliability. Read more
DigsConnect is the largest student accommodation marketplace in South Africa. Read more
Picup is a technology company focusing on last mile delivery. Read more
The Student Hub is a website cathered towards university and college aged students. Read more
Online audio platform providing podcasting, live-streaming & audio advertising & other value-added audio services to content providers Read more
Centbee is the easiest way to store, spend and send Bitcoin (BSV) safely on you mobile phone. Read more
CarZar is an online car buying service, empowering consumers to sell their second hand vehicle. Read more
We design, build and operate digital insurance businesses in emerging markets Read more
JOOX is a free music streaming app for songs, radio, karaoke, radio & playlists. Read more
SwiftVEE is an Agritech platform for the livestock trading industry which digitizes the Agri value chain and integrates vertical industries Read more
Siyavula is an education technology company that enables learners to improve their performance in high school mathematics and science. Read more
Paymenow Group is an employee benefits platform that offers users early access to earned wages at affordable rates. Read more
SNAPnSAVE is a fun and easy way to turn your everyday shopping receipts into real cash. Read more
MobiLife is an insurance provider aiming to transform micro-insurance in South Africa. Read more
Financial Services, Mobile, Data Aggregation, Marketplace Read more
Wyzetalk is a secure social business platform. Read more
Mortgage Market is a fintech startup that has created an online marketplace for home loans. Read more
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