Uprise Africa, the in-demand and innovative crowdfunding platform, is ending the year on a high after scooping yet another prestigious accolade.
The prestigious ICT Startup Award (SME Category) was received at the GovTech 2019 SITA Digital Service Awards that ran from 28 to 30 October at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli ICC Complex, Durban (KZN). This rounds-off an amazing year for the trailblazing South African company with a growing reputation across the African continent.
Conference and Awards:
Short for “government technology”, GovTech is a conference and awards event that began in 2006. The conference theme was “Digital Transformation – Gearing towards 4IR And Beyond”.
“To date, it has turned into an important feature in the government planning cycle. Fast forward into 2019, the conference continues to rally the public sector towards the need for government to adapt to, and adopt new and innovative ways of serving citizens and delivering services including the use of ICT technologies”, said Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams (Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies)
“GovTech is now a strategic platform for thought leadership in the quest by the State Information Technology Agency (SITA) in line with its legislative objective to improve service delivery by the government through the provision of ICT technologies and other systems in a secure environment.
“This year’s event takes place against the backdrop of a heightened focus on digital transformation and fourth industrial revolution hence the theme: Digital Transformation – Gearing towards 4IR And Beyond, which is a calling on all the attendants to leave no stone unturned in their quest to position the public service as the pioneers in the realization of the ideals enshrined in the National Development Plan Vision 2030 and the National ICT Policy White Paper.”
She said that both digital access, transformation, and inclusivity have been identified as three critical pillars and in consideration, the government wanted to applaud the work that men and women do under the banner of GovTech – to change mindsets, develop skills, promote innovation and transform the industry.
“Ensuring that the SMMEs and co-operatives are drawn into the digital economy remains the preoccupation of this government to realize digital inclusivity, therefore, the role extended to the small businesses to partake, benefit and grow from their association with the event has been a regular sub-theme of the conference and that is laudable,” explained the Minister.
Since Uprise Africa was formed, the Sandton City, Johannesburg based company has been the go-to platform for savvy start-ups in need of finance through crowdfunding. As well, the platform continues to provide investors on the look-out for opportunities to partake in early-stage entrepreneurial businesses.
Winning successive awards has afforded Uprise Africa the much-needed opportunity to keep trending in the South African crowdfunding space, with companies like Integreatme raising almost one and a half times than its target. Several awards were won along the way and underlining the brand’s impact on the market.
Awards are an indication of a company’s performance in its industry and its potential to build a brand’s image in the market is huge. They also are important in directing investors where to find the best start-ups to place their hard-earned cash and see it grow. In this case, the awards show that Uprise Africa is the best crowdfunding platform for entrepreneurs and therefore the best to provide investment opportunities.
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