Khula! named winner of KPMG Private Enterprise Tech Innovator in Africa competition

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After four months, the KPMG Private Enterprise Tech Innovator in Africa has wrapped up and a winner has been selected.

The competition featured entrants from 16 countries pitching their business and innovations in hopes of being named the leading tech innovator.

“We opened the competition to Africa in February this year and received 75 applications from across the continent. The response was phenomenal, as was the talent and innovation across these businesses. Thirty applicants were then chosen, based on the competition criteria, to proceed to the judges’ scoring round,” explains partner and head of private enterprise at KPMG, Alan Barr.

The overall winner selected from a group of 10 finalist was Khula!.

Khula! offers a digital ecosystem where farmers and other role players in the agriculture and food sector can buy and sell product.

“I am incredibly humbled that we have been chosen as the overall winner to represent Africa on the global stage, more especially because we are in the process of rolling out the Khula! Inputs App,” chief executive officer at Khula!, Karidas Tshintsholo said in a statement.

“None of this would have been possible without my incredible team. The competition was incredibly intense, and a lot of the finalists were at a far more advanced stage than we are – this makes it even more important for us to bring our A-game in Lisbon,” added Tshintsholo.

As the winner, Khula! will now participate in a global final at the Web Summit Conference, in Lisbon, Portugal in November 2021, together with the winners of each of the participating countries. Khula! will not only be recognised for their business approach on the global stage, but have the chance to network with other industry experts and tech innovators across the globe.

“I want to congratulate Khula! on being recognised as KPMG’s Tech Innovator in Africa, it is a well-deserved accolade, and we wish them well as they prepare to take the global stage in November this year and showcase the true potential of Africa,” added Barr.

The top 10 finalists from Africa follow below.

Country Company Name Company description
Morocco Chari Co. Chari Co is a B2B ecommerce app allowing grocery stores, in Morocco and Tunisia, to order in few clicks, whatever they need for their shops – and get it delivered in less than 24 hours.
South Africa Humanz Humanz is an AI-powered influencer marketing platform engineered to bring back trust between marketers, content creators and their audiences – while combatting influencer fatigue and measuring true ROI.  Creating a safe and seamless end-to-end experience for all parties involved.
South Africa Arc Innovations (Pty) Ltd ARC Innovations provides solutions inspired by cutting-edge reseARCh and technologies for eco-innovative products. ARC develops, produces, commercialises, represents and then markets these solutions for, and to, players predominantly in the construction and mining industries.
South Africa Khula! Khula is a digital ecosystem of three platforms that connect & enable role players in the agricultural and food value chain to grow their businesses.

1.Khula! Inputs Marketplace:  This platform is built to support farmers (of all sizes and anywhere in the country) to easily, & efficiently, access certified agricultural inputs and services from industry players.

2.Khula! Fresh Produce Marketplace:  Connects pre-approved farmers (based food safety regulations) directly with bulk buyers of fresh produce with key suppliers.

3.Khula! Funder Dashboard: Built for funders and financiers to support farmers in their development and growth.

South Africa iiDENTIFii (Pty) Ltd iiDENTIFii is a remote digital facial biometric authentication and automated onboarding technology platform. It fulfils the needs of customer-focused organisations that are required to authenticate and on-board customers – without them having to be physically present and the entire process is seamless, secure, mobile and digital.
South Africa Karri Payments Karri helps over 1 000 schools in South Africa collect funds from their parents via a built-for-purpose mobile application. Karri is used for all school collections such as school fees fundraisers, sports tours, stationery packs, lunch money etc.
Nigeria Youverify Youverify is a software as a service (SaaS) platform that helps businesses digitalise and automate their Know Your Customer (KYC) and customer due diligence with, or without, coding. The SaaS platform enables businesses to identify customers through digital identity verification, cross-check data from multiple sources and make decisions based on real-time data.
South Africa Ukheshe technologies Ukheshe provides banks, telco’s and fintech with a single API orchestration framework to enable digital first banking and payment propositions. Ukheshe is unique in the market providing wallets, authentication, cards payments, KYC & remittance across the continent.


South Africa Revix Revix a platform that enables everyday people to invest in emerging themes, alternative assets as well as traditional securities in an effortless way. As a neo-broker, Revix offers customers automated investing tools, and a rewards program, that incentivises smart investing actions.


South Africa Fundrr Fundrr provides working capital to small businesses in South Africa ranging from R20 000 to R5 000 000 in size, and three to 12 months in term. By use alternative data APIs  and technology-enabled tools,  Fundrr provides a seamless onboarding process and quicker turnaround time.

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Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.


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