Seven innovative African startups have been selected as finalists for the 2024 ASME Innovation Showcase (ISHOW), an esteemed international accelerator program emphasizing hardware-led social innovation. Hosted by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), this annual event will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, on June 19.

Finalists Overview

The chosen startups have demonstrated excellence in creating affordable and sustainable hardware technology solutions. These solutions address significant challenges across various sectors including agriculture, construction, energy, healthcare, transportation, and waste management. The finalists will compete for a share of US$30,000 in grant funding and will receive technical support to help bring their impactful innovations to market.

Kenyan Finalists


Adumu has engineered a biodiesel-powered cooking system designed for institutional use. This innovative solution aims to provide a sustainable alternative to traditional cooking methods, reducing reliance on non-renewable energy sources.

Megagas Alternative Energy Enterprise

Megagas Alternative Energy Enterprise has developed a pioneering process to convert plastic waste into clean cooking fuel. This initiative not only addresses waste management issues but also provides a cleaner energy solution for cooking.

Ugandan Finalists

Che Innovations

Che Innovations has created a warming device specifically aimed at preventing neonatal hypothermia during ambulance transfers. This device is crucial for ensuring the safety and health of newborns in transit to medical facilities.

Neosave Technologies

Neosave Technologies has developed a wearable medical device that enables continuous monitoring of sick newborns. This innovation allows clinicians to closely track the health conditions of infants, ensuring timely medical interventions.

Tanzanian Finalist

Afya Lead

Afya Lead has been recognized for its patented, non-invasive device designed to combat postpartum hemorrhage (PPH), a leading cause of maternal mortality. This device offers a significant advancement in maternal healthcare by providing a safe and effective means to address PPH.

Ghanaian Finalist


MeSADA has earned its spot in the finals with an innovative five-row staple grain precision seeder. This device enhances agricultural productivity by ensuring precise planting, thereby improving crop yields and reducing labor costs.

Zambian Finalist

Yaaka Investment

Yaaka Investment has developed a non-emission, portable waste bin designed to mitigate the impact of harmful waste. This invention addresses waste management challenges by providing a sustainable and environmentally friendly solution.

The Spirit of African Innovation

These startups exemplify the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa. They offer practical solutions to some of the continent’s most pressing issues through ingenious hardware technologies. Their participation in the ASME Innovation Showcase highlights the potential for African ingenuity to drive significant social and environmental change.