This article showcases our top picks for the best Africa based Art startups. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Art industry, but are all exceptional companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups and companies for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top Africa Art Startups
Afrikrea is a platform to discover, buy, and sell African fashion, arts, and crafts. Afrikrea’s goal is to allow African creation lovers to live their passion while allowing the creators to live from theirs.
Afrikrea facilitates transactions and exchanges directly between buyers and sellers on both sides of the world, in a user-friendly and secure way.. .
Sea Monster creates digital content and experiences using animation, games, and augmented reality. Its aim is to build brands, drive learning and communication outcomes, and to entertain.
Its team is comprised of 2D animators, game specialists, and augmented reality developers. Sea Monster was launched in 2011 and is based in Cape Town, South Africa..
Wesabi facilitates an online platform that enables individuals to find and obtain services of local workers and artisans for their residential or commercial property development. It enables them to obtain services in plumbing, carpentry, AC repair, electrical, home cleaning, laundry, tiling, and painting.
Wesabi connects workers and artisans according to the specifications and requirements that were expressed in the form which was filled by its customers. The company will refund money if their customers are not satisfied with the job.
Wesabi was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria.. .
Hazendal Wine Estate
Hazendal Wine Estate is one of the oldest wine farms in the Western Cape, situated on the slopes of the Bottelary Hills in Stellenbosch, South Africa’s premier wine region. It was acquired in 1994 by Dr.
Mark Voloshin, who renovated it and turned it into a cultural and tourist centre, combining historic Dutch influence of the Western Cape with traditional Russian art and culture.. .
Yadaweya is an online fair trade marketplace that serves as a platform for those interested in discovering Egypt and its cultural heritage. Yadaweya aims to connect (offline) local Egyptian artisans with (online) customers worldwide.
Yadaweya’s story begins with a team of young Egyptian social entrepreneurs passionate about the diverse handicrafts and handmade treasures of Egyptian artisans. Yadaweya is not just an online handicrafts marketplace but it also serves as a platform for sharing stories about artisans with customers who value and appreciate the uniqueness of these traditional crafts.
Yadaweya aims to contribute to building a platform that helps sustain Egyptian craftsmanship, in a time and place where our skilled artisan partners lack the opportunities for stable marketing and a consistent income stream. The purpose of Yadaweya is to create a revolutionary mechanism through which the artists and artisans in Egypt can display their fine works to a global audience of prospective customers.
Yadaweya does not charge artists any fees for listing their items on the website. And by cutting out the long strings of middlemen, Yadaweya allows both online-consumers and offline-artisans to build a sustainable relationship.
We encourage our customers to send us feedback and comments in order for us to ensure the development of our crafts and help the craftsmen innovate and develop in the best way possible.. .
Wezart is an African arts and craft Marketplace that rents and sells Affordable Curated African Art to the World. Unlike other art marketplaces, rents artwork to businesses and hospitality establishments all over the world.
Our aim is to help African artists make a living from their craft art. Wezart was founded in July 2017.
Guns & Rain Art
Guns & Rain is a curated online gallery of work by contemporary fine artists from southern Africa, including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana. Most of their artists are young and emerging, but some of them are already established.
You can order your art online and have it delivered anywhere in the world. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, they will help you do an ‘offline’ custom search based on your interests and requirements, which goes beyond what’s just on the website..
Squid Mag is an online publication covering and aggregating comics, video games, animation, VR, reviews and digital art from Africa. Squid Magazine is the sole publication that focuses on all aspects of the African geek experience, offering a window into African innovation in new media.
Not just an online publication, Squid Mag also runs Bahari Blue, a database of the comic, animation and video game projects and the brains behind them from studios to talent. It also runs Awam where it curates fantasy, sci-fi and horror stories in prose or comic media..
Blanch & Shock
Blanch & Shock Food Design makes creative food projects and provides bespoke catering. They use food to explore and illustrate ideas, focusing on the British palette of ingredients.
Based in South London, they design food for diverse events and projects across the UK and beyond. These have included concept-based canapé services, multi-course dinners, tasting experiences and edible installations, their own pop-up restaurants and singular artistic projects.
In addition they regularly teach and provide consultancy. They often collaborate with artists or creative organisations devising a culinary angle to a new work.
They also undertake commissions from businesses and individuals looking for something personal and different for their event. They are committed to the future sustainability of their industry and consider the need to minimise their environmental impact and wastage in everything they do..
Knellen is an online gallery and marketplace for art, design, and decorations. It offers artists a platform to display and sell their art, giving them more exposure to the market and the chance to network with other artists.
Similarly, it offers consumers interested in buying decorative or functional art the convenience of browsing a wider variety of art from their homes in the price range they need, and have it delivered to them. Revenue primarily comes from a commission of 30% on sales.
Revenue will also come from advertisements for organizations and people who want to feature their art in prominent spots of the website, as well as from sessions and seminars to teach and educate about art and handicrafts. Market size is estimated at 7 million Egyptian Pounds annually..
The Art cabal is designed to make buying and selling art online safe and easy. They are based in Lagos and poised to be largest online space for artworks in Nigeria and Africa.
Their sales staff has more than 50 years of combined expertise, and their procedures for buying and selling art are proven safe, secure, and efficient for transactions of any size. Their mission is to offer a first class worldwide market where are sellers and buyers can connect online At www.theartcabal.com, they list original paintings, sculptures and African jewelry for purchase by interior decorators, Galleries, private collectors.
They also provide another first of its kind service called the online portrait painting service .The portrait painting service follows a simple model, You can choose an artist on their website to make a painting of your personal portrait or family picture, you will upload the picture to www.theartcabal.comand create a request to the artist. The Art cabal team confirms your specification and ensure the customer gets value for money for its purchase They welcome dealers, galleries, and private collectors to register securely and buy with us..
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