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Startupbootcamp taps 3 SA innovators to go global

January 5th, 2017
Three South African startups have made it on the shortlist to becoming one of the 10 startups to be accelerated by leading international startup accelerator Startupbootcamp InsurTech in 2017.
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Three South African startups have made it on the shortlist to becoming one of the 10 startups to be accelerated by leading international startup accelerator Startupbootcamp InsurTech in 2017. Aerobotics, Emerge Analytics and NuvaLaw are up against 20 other startups for the opportunity to collaborate with more than 400 mentors, partners, and investors over a three month period to build products to international standards.

Aerobotics, Emerge Analytics and NuvaLaw were three of the 633 applications received by Startupbootcamp InsurTech following a call for applications from innovative early stage startups specialising in insurance. Startupbootcamp InsurTech and MMI Holdings’ Exponential Ventures hosted the FastTrack tour in South Africa on 11 and 13 October 2016 where these startups presented their solutions for the insurance industry.  The events were open to startups looking for expert advice, exposure and the possibility of funding.

“We had a great week in South Africa and found a few gems. It is clear that InsurTech in South Africa has matured compared to 2015,” said Sabine VanderLinden, managing director for Startupbootcamp InsurTech.

Jaco Oosthuizen, Chief Exponential Officer, Exponential Ventures, said: “This year’s FastTrack tour showed that InsurTech is gaining momentum and catching up to the well-established Fintech startup space, both from a quality of the value propositions presented and the funding that is becoming available to support it. We are proud that we have three South African based InsurTech startups in the top 23 after this global selection process – up from one in 2015.

The three startups that made it:

Aerobotics, a young South African startup that develops drone technology used in the agricultural, logistical and mining industries, uses drones to acquire better data analysis using artificial intelligence algorithms. The business was started almost two years ago. They have developed an automated drone with software that allows farmers to scan their farms and provide analytics to manage their farms more efficiently, by both reducing costs and increasing yields. http://www.aerobotics.co.za/

Emerge Analytics solves complex business problems using advanced data analytics like artificial intelligence to help clients navigate the corporate data maze emerging with better answers, new insight and optimised profitability. http://www.emergeanalytics.com/

NuvaLaw is a digital negotiation platform between motor vehicle insurers. The product introduces workflow and measurable efficiency to an environment that is currently unstructured, and results in substantial saving in costs. The product also facilitates Online Dispute Resolution Information exchange & Legal Process Outsourcing to highly qualified and affordable lawyers and mediators. http://nuvalaw.com/

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