Startup Weekend is excited to share that Dropifi, a smart widget that allows companies to better analyze incoming “contact us” messages, is amongst the sixth batch of companies to join the 500 Startups Accelerator Program. Dropifi 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.
Founded in November 2011, Dropifi joined the 500 Startups program in April 2013. Since 2011, Dropifi, a graduate of the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology program, have been making waves in Ghana, as well as internationally. Most recently, Dropifi won the Global Start Up Open competition where they were chosen out of 50 international start ups to win the Kauffman Foundation backed award. They were flown to Rio de Janeiro in March to attend the Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC) and collect this award.
“Dropifi is the first African investment for 500 Startups,” McClure said. “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.”
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.
Since launching on WordPress and Shopify in late 2012, there have been over 8,000 downloads on WordPress; 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 reviewed Dropifi and said,“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”
Dropifi is in San Francisco for four months: they will be spending three months at 500 Start Ups headquarters in Mountain View and one month taking part in the program’s Demo Days and final investor meetings.
“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,” adds Osei. “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.”
Dropifi provides a replacement for “contact us” buttons with a smart widget which allows companies to better analyze incoming messages, discover their contacts, and re-channel messages to the right persons in their organizations based on business rules they set. Dropifi was founded in November 11 and are alumni of the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) Program in Accra, Ghana. Dropifi is currently backed by The Meltwater Foundation and 500 Start Ups.
About 500 Startups
500 Startups is an early-stage seed fund and incubator program located in Mountain View, CA. They invest primarily in consumer & SMB internet startups, and related web infrastructure services. Their initial investment size is typically $25K-$250K.
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