Cape Town-based startup, Gigham, has been chosen as a finalist for Demo Africa in Kenya, and will launch their events listings network in Nairobi next month.
Of over 500 applications, Gigham is one of 40 companies to have been chosen to participate. Among the nine other South African companies selected, is fellow Google Umbono stablemate, TaxTim.
Gigham, which makes it easier to discover events around you, launched in Cape Town 100 days ago, and in Johannesburg and Pretoria last month. They’ll launch their fourth city events guide, Nairobi, at Demo Africa next month.
“We’ve taken the city by city approach initially, ” said co-founder George Gally, “to test out the market and strengthen our technology. It will be interesting to launch our first city out of South Africa and see what challenges that brings.”
“Kenya is a perfect city to test out Gigham on the continent before aggressively opening new cities in Europe, Asia and the US early next year. We’re excited to see what it entails to launch out of our comfort zone. There’s a thriving tech scene and an explosion of people coming on line. We can’t wait,” said Gally.
“There’s a bunch of exciting things we’re about to launch which are going to change the whole game. Wherever you want to be, Gigham can be there for you. Being platform agnostic and ubiquitious is very much at the forefront of where we’re headed, ” said Gally. “We recently launched events feeds on Twitter. Follow one of our categories on Twitter, and then without lifting a finder, you’ll be in the know about what’s happening around you.”
“We’re also enabling artists, venues and brands to remix our content and take it away and to wherever their fans are. We’re building a crowd-sourced network. This is going to be really powerful stuff,” said Gally.
“The interesting thing is that Gigham has something for everyone. We’ve got a growing list of 50-odd categories of all kinds of stuff, not just parties: kids, outdoors, sport, art, fashion. We really believe Gigham is going to change the entertainment and leisure industry completely for the good, and make people’s lives much much more interesting.”
The DEMO Africa event will take place at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre from 24th October in Nairobi.