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TWO AFRICAN STARTUPS SELECTED FOR PEACETECH ACCELERATOR

By Babatunde

Two African startups Dropque and 3DS Technologies have been accepted into the PeaceTech Accelerator programme, gaining access to eight weeks of mentorship and training.  Both startups are from Nigeria and Kenya.

The eight-week PeaceTech programme, which is a collaboration between C5Amazon Web Services (AWS), and PeaceTech Lab focuses on startups developing and using innovative technologies to help bring about the end of violent conflicts and promote sustainable peace.

MEET THE STARTUPS

Dropque (Nigeria)

Africa’s first interactive and intelligent talent application which uses crisp candidate profiles, unassisted video interviews and emotional/facial analysis to help companies find talent faster than ever.

Launched last year at the Ghana-based Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), and backed financially by MEST in January, Dropque allows companies to create video interviews and invite candidates to respond to them with timed responses.

The startup claims to cut the time an employer spends on recruiting by 50 per cent via its one-way video interviewing platform that allows interviews to be conducted anywhere, at any time.

Chief executive officer (CEO) Opeyemi Akinwoleola said: “Dropque’s proprietary technology allows companies to discover young talent regardless of geographical location, financial barriers, IT problems, and more. As many young people are facing recruitment from insurgency groups, criminal gangs, and terrorists, it’s important that companies can successfully battle this with their own recruitment processes.”

3DS Technologies (Kenya)

Africa’s premier technology, software and services company specialising in digitization of documents, database management, data fusion and data analysis for enterprises.

The PeaceTech Accelerator provides the mentorship and training needed to scale both for and not-for-profit PeaceTech initiatives rapidly, securely, and cost-effectively. Startups are selected based on their ability to produce innovative technologies that manage, mitigate, predict, or prevent conflict and promote sustainable peace.

 

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