The much celebrated Ghanaian tech start up Dropifi, has become the first entirely African company to join the silicon valley-based 500 Start Up program.
500 startups was founded in 2007 as a seed accelerator and investment fund by former Mint.com executive, Dave McClure. According to Cp-Africa, the company has invested in over 400 companies globally, including Wildfire Interactive which was acquired by Google for $250 million in 2012.
Dropifi is a smart customer service widget that helps users better analyse, visualize, and respond to to incoming messages and also tells when sent emails are opened.
“Most web sites have a contact for which is dumb, just sending an email. Dropifi is a smart contact form which extracts the right data. Very much aimed at small business,” TechCrunch said.
David Osei, Effah Mensah and Kamil Nabong founded the startup in November 2011 after joining the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) program in Accra, Ghana in August of the same year.
Dropifi won the Global Startup Open Competition and was named the World’s best startup in 2012 by Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.
At the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Rio De Janeiro, the founders pitched to David McClure of 500 Startups and was eventually picked.