Even though it's been a tough, unpredictable year, the 'unprecedented times' certainly didn't slow down the wheels of innovation and invention. In fact, they might have sped things up. The mayhem caused by the COVID-19 pandemic forced companies and individuals to come up with new ideas, and adapt in order to survive. And we've seen just how innovative local businesses can be in the face of COVID-19. Here to recognise these achievements and honour the digitally-inventive among us is digital transformation company, BCX. This year's BCX Digital Innovation Awards saw SME's and corporates celebrated for their ingenuity. Find out more about the awards and winners below...
The BCX Digital Innovation Awards 2020
What is BCX?
This local digital transformation company specialises in creating digital business solutions for medium businesses, state-owned enterprises or even JSE-listed companies. They launched the BCX Digital Innovation Awards in 2019 in order to celebrate the brilliant digital innovation and transformation taking place in South Africa. This year, 28 shortlisted candidates pitched to 4 expert judges, including industry leaders and tech stalwarts. Winners were announced as part of the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies Awards ceremony that was streamed live earlier this month. We've got the list of BCX Digital Innovation Awards 2020 winners below...
Who were the winners in the SME category?
Third place – FinChatBot FinChatBot is a FinTech start-up, initially launched in Cape Town. It was co-founded by two passionate French entrepreneurs, Antoine Paillusseau and Romain Diaz to help financial service providers acquire and retain customers using AI-powered conversations.
Second place – Ozow Ozow Revolution: a drive toward digital inclusion for all. This company strives to make digital payments available to everyone and create greater opportunity for businesses and individuals to participate in the digital economy.
The winner – Bottles App Bottles, a start-up app providing on-demand alcohol delivery, partnered with grocery store giant Pick ‘n Pay in mid-2018. The partnership helped Bottles scale their app across South Africa, delivering for over 50 Pick ‘n Pay Liquor stores nationwide. The company leveraged their existing partnership and infrastructure to pivot their business to enable it to deliver grocery and essential goods during the COVID-19 lockdown. The app is now partnering with more than 90 Pick n Pay stores and helping deliver groceries across Joburg, Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth.
Who were the winners in the Corporate category?
Third place – Old Mutual Wealth This tech innovation enables real-time holistic financial planning conversations and trade-offs through digital capabilities. Old Mutual Wealth focuses on how we might simplify complex financial planning for clients through the use of in-house technology and state-of-the-art financial planning tools. The tools they use are responsive and demonstrate the value of the financial planner, while creating better investment outcomes for clients and meeting all of the compliance needs of the financial planner.
Second place – Netcare VirtualCare Netcare VirtualCare is a new telehealth platform for virtual medical consultations offering patients greater choice, more safety and easier access to quality healthcare. A doctor consult no longer requires a patient to travel to a consulting room or hospital to receive the required care. It's a convenient, tech-powered platform for accessing healthcare during chaotic times.
The winner – Checkers Sixty60 Checkers Sixty60 is an innovative Mobile Grocery Delivery App that allows a customer to shop in as little as 60 seconds and get their groceries delivered in 60 minutes. The app has been installed over 500 000 times on Google Play and is fast becoming the most convenient, time-efficient way to shop if you don't want to brave the stores.
These awards are an exciting element of the local tech space and should be celebrated along with the deserving winners. We can't wait to see what other innovative solutions South African companies will come up with!