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Ghana’s Dropifi joins 500 Startups accelerator program
From: Ghana|Samuel Nii Narku Dowuona|Adom Business          Published On: May 16, 2013, 15:54 GMT
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Ghana’s Dropifi joins 500 Startups accelerator program

The hit squad at Dropifi: From left - Kamil Nabong, David Osei and Effah Mensah

Ghana’s Dropifi, a smart widget that allows companies to better analyze incoming “contact us” messages, has joined the World’s 500 Startups Accelerator Program.

Dropifi is the first African startup to have been selected in the 6th batch of companies which joined the 500Strong Startups family this year, a statement from the company said.

The young founding members of Dropifi are currently at USA-based Silicon Valley for four months enjoying mentorship from top industry experts and work other colleague startups from the around the world to further develop the Dropifi widget and spread its use around the world.

The Dropifi team would spend three of the four months at 500 Startups headquarters in Mountain View, and one month taking part in Demo Days and final investor meetings.

Dropifi is a programme that seeks to clear out the era of long and scary website “contact us” forms that deny businesses of valuable feedback and leads, but will still deliver business critical insights and a spam-free customer engagement.

Using the Dropifi contact widget, companies filter out spam through proprietary anti-spam technology, see incoming message trending data in relation to industry metrics, the demographic and social media profiles of the sender, analyze the real emotions behind the messages and easily integrate with their existing CRMs, e-commerce and blogging platforms.

“ With this tool, companies generate more business leads, make better business decisions, offer a more personalized and better customer service experience, save time, increase productivity and boost their ROI,” comments David Osei, Founder and CEO of Dropifi.

Osei said: “Being the first African startup to join a leading U.S. accelerator validates our idea and serves as a springboard for us to take giant leaps into helping businesses better interact with customers. We also see it as an inspiration for young African entrepreneurs and a signpost that, Africa is geared up to be the next economic frontier.”

Since 2011 Dropifi, graduates of the Ghanaian-based Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), have been making waves in Ghana as well as internationally.

Most recently Dropifi won the Global Startup Open competition where they beat out 50 international startups to win the Kauffman Foundation Award; they were flown to Rio in March to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) where they received the award.

Whilst in Rio they showcased the programme to Dave McClure, Founder of 500 Startups, and shortly after received an invitation to join the accelerator program.

"Dropifi is the first African investment for 500 Startups. Very few seed investors in Silicon Valley will put money into markets as early as Africa, but we think talent exists in every corner of the globe. Dropifi has a killer team and a promising product with global reach. The fact that they hail from Ghana makes it even cooler,” Dave McClure said.

Meanwhile, Dropifi launched on Wordpress and Shopify late in 2012, and there have since been over 8,000 downloads on Wordpress and over 900 Shopify stores are using the Dropifi widget to collect and analyze their incoming messages and leads.

Rodney Hashaway CEO of Go Go Shack, an e-commerce store reviews Dropifi saying “Great app! EASY install! Customize contact tab to match your store's colors. Clean and professional look, No html need just click install and customize. I'm satisfied.”

The Dropifi team comprises David Osei, CEO, Effah Mensah, Chief Technical Officer, and Kamil Nabong, Business Development Manager.

500 Startups is an early-stage seed fund and incubator program located in Mountain View, CA. They invest primarily in consumer & SMB (small and medium scale businesses) internet startups, and related web infrastructure services. Their initial investment size is typically $25K-$250K.
Selected areas of interest for 500 Startups include financial services & e-commerce, search/social/mobile platforms, personal & business productivity, education & language, family & healthcare and web infrastructure.

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