Sunday International Column: Startups around the world #5

Startups around the world is Sunday column series created with the ambition to unite the entrepreneurial community around the world by introducing to the audience different startups on weekly basis. The purpose of this column is to improve our knowledge of what is being created by entrepreneurs around the world, to expand our network, to get informed and hopefully inspired.

This week we are going to introduce you to three of the most successful startups in Africa.



The largest online retail store in Nigeria has over 1000 employees and is active in Egypt, Morocco, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Ghana and Cameroon. The e-commerce platform is inspired by Amazon and offers for buying anything from home goods and electronics to clothes.

SleepOut Africa’s coolest place to sleep


The African Airbnb presents to the world accommodations in 505 cities and 62 countries.

Sleepout is changing the travel experiences for everyone who wants to visit and explore the beautiful countries of Africa. The users are able to search their travel destinations, to find the most suitable places to stay in, to contact their hosts and make their booking. Later, there is nothing left than to confirm their stay and get ready to travel. It has never been easier for people around Africa to list their places and to become hosts for many travelers.

BRCKThe go anywhere, do anything, self-powered, mobile WIFI device.


This device, developed in Nairobi, Kenya from a team of developers, engineers and technicians, is the one device that everyone strongly appreciates. It provides the opportunity to be connected to the internet anywhere, anytime, even if there is electricity blackout. With their device the team from Nairobi is changing the way the entire world gets connecting, even in the urban areas where electricity and internet connection is problematic. BRCK started a Kickstarter campaign and was successfully funded on June 4, 2013.

Expect more startup presentations next Sunday. If you wish to see specific company that you are fascinated by on our list or simply you want to introduce your own startup to the world, do not hesitate to post your suggestion in the comment section.

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