Tech in Africa: Homegrown Apps Transforming the Continent

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  • Prowork (Nigeria)
  • Saya (Ghana)
  • NikoHapa (Kenya)
  • Found (South Africa)
  • M-Farm (Kenya)
  • SliceBiz (Ghana)
  • Olalashe Emergency SOS (Kenya)
  • Mxit (South Africa)
  • medAfrica (Kenya)
  • MoBiashara (Nigeria)
  • M-Pesa (Kenya)
  • Afrinolly (Nigeria)
  • Innovation in Africa? There's an App for That
  • iCow (Kenya)
  • Ffene (Uganda)
  • MPepea (Kenya)

NikoHapa (Kenya)

Similar to Foursquare but tweaked to target East Africans, NikoHapa — two Swahili words for “I am here” — offers users a customer loyalty reward scheme that gives frequent customers earned discounts upon amassing coupons from and checking in to participating establishments. Jeremy Gordon, a Stanford University engineering student at the time, co-founded the start-up with Kenyan developers Bernard Owuor and Caine Wanjau.

(Photo: NikoHapa)

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