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  • George Benson

The 15 Black-led startups that Djassi Africa and Startup Portugal are taking to Web Summit in Lisbon

We are excited to announce the 15 Black-led startups based in Portugal that Djassi Africa and Startup Portugal are taking to Web Summit in Lisbon.

This initiative is aligned to Djassi Africa's Afropreneurs agenda to level the playing field for underrepresented and underserved founders across Europe, and it´s being enabled by the strategic partnership with Startup Portugal to promote and drive more diversity and equity in the Portuguese startup ecosystem.

During 8 weeks, these 15 tech-enabled startups will benefit from Djassi Africa’s STAGE-X programme (8-week intensive readiness programme), Startup Portugal’s R2WS programme (bootcamps, financial prizes, etc.), and Web Summit’s ALPHA & BETA Startup programmes (exhibition during the summit, investor meetings, etc.).

1. Circular Closets – Liliana Rosario

Gateway to a sustainable & conscientious era of luxury fashion. Its first to market B2B platform boosts sales for designers and boutiques, promoting circular fashion and sustainability.

2. Kindee – Laurentino Costa

Social network that connects brands and people to social and environmental causes. Organizations and brands can share all their initiatives to inspire and attract more customers to their actions and impact.

3. Xpat – Sharolyn Wynter

Digital platform that improves the representation, advancement, and social mobility of underrepresented communities by leveraging international experiences to connect and empower Black expats, nomads, and study abroad students.

4. Afrikanizm Art – Laura Leal & Joao Boavida

Ecosystem enabler platform that promotes and sells African contemporary art, and connects artists, galleries and collectors on a global scale.

5. Propel – Seun Owolabi & Sunkanmi Ola

Propel builds tools that tech talent communities use to solve their last-mile problems, currently working with 100+ tech communities across 15 countries that serve roughly 400,000 members.

6. Chefe – Dr. Shedrack Erugo

Social media marketplace that connects people who have excess food with people who are in need of food with the aim to reduce food waste and fight food insecurity by encouraging small-scale food sharing among individuals.

7. JupiterApp – Vania Fortes

Integrated fintech solution for freelancers, including fiscal automation, an ERP platform, and a personalized robot accountant. JupiterApp is the one-stop shop for freelancers.

8. TeamSportz – Francisco Baptista

AI sports platform to help sport clubs reach their full potential, by using AI to track, measure and generate accurate performance data for the players during drills and exercises.

9. Bamble – Ayodeji Daramola & Melissa Pairazaman

Your go-to partner for connecting with exceptional tech talent from high-growth markets in Africa, LATAM & EU. Bamble is revolutionizing how businesses access global professionals in a flow-friendly and streamlined process.

10. Reignwel – Giel Branker

Platform providing affordable options for creative people of coulor to access mental health resources, tools, and alternative methods to help along their mental health journey – no matter where they are in the world.

11. Thingle – Pedro Filipe

Marketplace for selling second-hand and/or refurbished products, which guarantees that they are exactly as described by advertisers, because they are authenticated before delivery.

12. ITme – King Murekio

A decentralized platform by IT pros for IT pros, using a token for governance, rewards, bounties, and engagement. Monetize engagement, connect, contribute to open-source, and learn.

13. Mella Supply – Ana Martins

E-commerce and logistics platform levelling the playing field for BIPOC-owned businesses in beauty and wellness in e-commerce through a multi-faceted approach that streamlines logistics.

14. MidiCircuit – Ricardo Abreu

Midicircuit is a music platform disrupting the conservative model of teaching and producing music.

15. TeknonWriters – Dereck Mush

Spearheading the new era of content creation, by enabling content that boosts reads, clicks, and conversions.


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