Nigerian mobile Project Management Ap wins one of three Apps4Africa 2012 awards


24 February 2013 – Washington, DC, USA – The U.S. Department of State has announced the winners of Apps4Africa 2012: Business Challenge, an Africa-wide competition to develop sustainable technology-based solutions to youth unemployment. Selected from nearly 300 applications from 27 countries by an international panel of judges, the winning teams are:

  • SliceBiz (from Ghana): a web and mobile investment platform that uses crowdsourcing to connect promising startups with young investors in Africa.
  • Prowork (from Nigeria): a web and mobile project management tool that enables businesses to create and assign tasks and track project status in real-time.
  • Ffene (from Uganda): a low-cost business management platform that helps small and medium-sized businesses simplify accounting, generate reports, and manage customer relations.

apps4africa-2012Prowork is a mobile first enterprise class project management and collaboration solution for businesses. It’s like Basecamp or Atlassian’s confluence but mobile and easier to use, more powerful, with real time collaboration everywhere, anywhere. Prowork is accessible via mobile, the web, SMS and a robust API to allow developers to extend the functionality.  The Prowork team consisted of Francis Onwumere, Opeyemi Obembe and Ernest Ojeh.  For more information, go to http://prowork.me.

These young technology entrepreneurs—and the many others who competed this year—are the faces of a growing trend of innovative African start-up companies.

This year’s Apps4Africa competition, sponsored by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs and coordinated by private sector partner Appfrica International, builds on the success of two previous competitions—Apps4Africa 2010: Civic Challenge and Apps4Africa 2011: Climate Challenge—which also encouraged the development of mobile, web, and desktop applications to address local challenges in Africa. This year’s competition was also supported by the Department’s Liberalizing Innovation Opportunity Nations ([email protected]) partnership. The closing ceremony for the 2012 competition will take place on March 6 in Kampala, Uganda. The winning teams will be awarded cash prizes and follow-on mentoring.  For more information please visit http://apps4africa.org.

Source: U.S. Department of State