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After kicking off our voting cohorts a few weeks ago, we featured the first winners last week. You’ll find a roundup of these companies below (hence the name!).
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News from around the ecosystem
The Backseat Startup Podcast
In the most recent episode of the Backseat Startup, we had Brad Dominy of Neucards on the show. A Reddit user asked how OpenAI (and AI generally) will affect startups. Brad and our new host Andrew gave their thoughts.
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Revolutionizing Networking with Digital Contact Cards
Neucards is solving the hassle of managing outdated contact information and the challenge of keeping connections updated in today's networking-centric world.
Their solution is a revolutionary digital contact card platform that simplifies contact management and empowers users to control their information.
Users create personalized digital cards with essential contact details, which can be easily shared via email, QR codes, or NFC tap tags, and updates are automatically reflected for those who have the card.
Since their launch, Neucards has gained significant momentum in the market, especially at real-life events, where they've showcased the app and received valuable feedback.
To get involved, head over to Neucards, download the app, and create your own digital business card to start connecting with others in a smarter and more secure way.
Be excited about what you do and enjoy every success, no matter how small.
Brad Dominy, Founder of Neucards
Revolutionizing Construction With AI
SORT IT AI is solving the pain point of up-to-date cost comparison and estimation in the construction industry for small and medium-sized companies.
Their solution is an AI-powered platform that quickly costs construction projects by comparing materials and product prices from different merchants.
The platform's AI automates estimations by recognizing objects in floor plans and associating prices with them.
Despite challenges due to shifts in the UK's political landscape, SORT IT AI has made progress in beta testing with paying customers, moving closer to their target revenue, and forming partnerships.
You can support SORT IT AI by checking out their website and referring anyone in the construction industry looking for innovative solutions.
If you struggle with failing, then being a founder is not for you…
Sim Gow, Founder of SORT IT AI
Empowering African SMEs in the Ecommerce Landscape
Tudu is solving the challenges for African SMEs by providing a user-friendly platform for them to sell products online and receive secure payments.
Their solution is a social commerce platform with an escrow system, ensuring a secure and reliable shopping experience for both buyers and sellers.
Tudu works by allowing SMEs to register easily, create attractive product listings, and utilize the trusted platform for secure transactions, while buyers can leave reviews to build trust within the community.
Tudu has achieved remarkable success with substantial vendor growth, positive feedback from users, and an empowering impact on SMEs in Africa.
Readers can get involved by signing up as sellers or buyers on Tudu Africa's platform, contributing to the growth of African ecommerce, and sharing their platform on social media.
The journey of entrepreneurship is really tough and can be lonely sometimes but the last thing you want to do is give up. Find an internal locus of motivation and form a formidable team of positive people who believe in your vision. Have FAITH!
Joseph Ekpaha-Kwofie, Co-Founder of Tudu Africa
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