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African Superhero Stories

“Since winning in 2015, downloads of my app increased from 50,000 to 70,000, all without a big marketing campaign. With the Award, I was able to hire a team, including a social media expert, a designer, and an author. I need to provide employment for game designers, programmers, and marketing teams to expand the game in Africa. My next step? …

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A New Platform for Education in Africa

“With the help of the Award, Kytabu has grown to 975 users and has 1275 books on board from 9 publishers. Kytabu is my cloud-based education software company that helps all students have affordable access to educational content. I am now developing Kytabu in text, audio and animated formats and am scaling into Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania. And, after a …

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SeeBox – Preparing for Technologies of the Future

 “Engineering and problem solving have always been fun and intuitive for me. So I set out to invent a device that can replicate that experience for children all over Africa and bring engineering in to every school allowing students firsthand experience of technologies of the future. My company, SeeBox, has manufactured 30 gaming units including 10 for field testing and …

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Community Based Waste Management

“Since winning the Award in 2015, I was able to purchase land in a sub-city of Jimma start site construction on 2 more satellite cities outside of Jimma. My vision is to make healthy fertilizers affordable, while dealing with waste management in my community. I want to now scale across 3 regions in Ethiopia by composting bio-degradable wastes from farmers …

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Saving Lives for Africa’s Most Vulnerable in Ethiopia

“After winning the 2015 Award, my Portable Infant Radiant Warmers have come closer to a becoming a reality in Ethiopia.  I have founded a company, developed a network of partners and suppliers for materials, and turned my idea into a working prototype. I am now putting my prototype through clinical testing trials collecting feedback to begin broader production of my …

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Bringing Freshness to Farming

“My company, East Africa Fruits, modernizes the growing, storage, and distribution processing of fruits and vegetables in Tanzania. Before winning the Award, my company served 54 corporate and private customers in Dar Es Salaam. One year later, we have scaled to over 100, and, we are in the process of building a cold storage warehouse increasing our food storage capacity …

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A New Vision for Medicine

“Thanks to this Award, Vula is breaking down health barriers in isolated areas. Before winning the 2015 Award, my diagnostic-eye-disease app supported 1 medical specialty with 112 doctors treating 1500 patients. Now, we have scaled to 6 specialties, 97 specialists, 792 health workers, and 2200 referrals generated.  We also achieved our secure database and an easy to use billing system …

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Developing a Product for Future Education in Africa

“I currently work on two continents to develop my complex, yet highly impactful business to provide relevant education in Arabic-speaking countries in Africa.  Like many entrepreneurs, my business idea has pivoted several times. My dream began with a desire to educate teachers who are instructing in Arabic, in Africa, a need I saw in the region. My idea was to …

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Jokkosanté – Community Practices Bring Community Good

“Winning the 2015 Award helped my company, JokkoSanté, begin to expand and pivot to try different business model options. My company’s community system of collecting, sharing, and cross-financing medicines includes 3 participating hospitals.  With the help of the Award, I hope to scale beyond my region in Senegal.” Adama Kane’s success is clear because he increased members and is scaling beyond his home …

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Pivoting with Bricks to Fish for a Strong Future

“Winning the Award helped me grow my business and double my production capacity from 10,000 bricks per month to 20,000. My company, Zimba, means ‘construct’ in Swahili. With mentoring and funding, I have diversified Zimba and developed clay mining sites into fish farming ponds. And, in addition to selling bricks, I am also selling pig. I use their waste to …