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Ghanaian Firm SliceBiz announced as winner of Apps4Africa

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SliceBiz, a Ghanaian start-up planning to popularise mobile crowdfunding in Africa, has been announced as the winner of the 2012 Apps4Africa competition.

The app, which will be released in the coming months, is a service that delivers a 30-second pitch recorded by entrepreneurs to potential investors over the mobile network.

Slicebiz was founded by William Edem Senyo, a Ghana-based businessman who previously spent time in the banking sector and Heather Cochran, a former social worker from California.

Crowdfunding model has become a popular promotion tool in the United States and Europe, as websites like Kickstarter, Indiegogo and GoFundMe have popularised the service in the West.

In addition to SliceBiz, other winners in the Apps4Africa competition were Ffene, a Ugandan firm developing software that lets companies use tablets and mobile phones to format data into professionally styled reports and Prowork, Nigerian company creating software that enables workers to collaborate on projects on apps, text messages and email.

This is the third-annual Apps4Africa competition. The scheme, which awarded three prizes worth $10,000 each, is funded by the US State Department and the World Bank.

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