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He aims to bring businesses closer to their customers and improve their performance. To achieve this, he is developing a series of technological tools designed to optimize these interactions between the two parties.

Achraf Gabsi (photo) is the founder and CEO of Go Mybiz, a technology startup specializing in providing IT solutions. Originally from Tunisia, Gabsi created this company to strengthen the relationships between businesses and their clients.

Founded in 2020, Go Mybiz offers a suite of customer relationship management (CRM) software, enabling businesses to fully digitize their customer journey. The startup has already developed three key software solutions: Go Voice, Go Contact, and Go Sales.

Go Voice is an advanced business telephony solution offering a wide range of essential features, including an interactive voice response (IVR) system, personalized messages for business hours and queues, detailed statistics, and computer-telephony integration (CTI).

Go Contact is designed for commercial and marketing departments. It helps manage customer service, conduct prospecting campaigns and appointment setting, perform satisfaction surveys, and handle debt collection.

Go Sales is a sales force management tool that provides detailed tracking of opportunities, quotes, and tasks through a configurable sales cycle tailored to the company's internal processes.

In addition to leading Go Mybiz, Achraf Gabsi is a member and secretary-general of TunisianStartups. He also serves as vice-president of the Confederation of Tunisian Citizen Enterprises (CONECT), an innovative organization representing businesses of all sizes across the country.

Achraf Gabsi graduated from the Institute of Higher Commercial Studies of Carthage with a specialized graduate diploma (DESS) in Information Technology and E-commerce in 2002. His career began the same year at Tunisie Voyages, where he was responsible for new information and communication technologies (ICT).

In 2007, he joined Satec, a digital solutions integrator, as a senior account manager for government projects. From 2012 to 2020, he worked at Smarthost, a technology company providing cloud services for SMEs, large enterprises, and government organizations, where he held positions as sales director and CEO.

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Posted On vendredi, 21 juin 2024 16:04 Written by

He gained extensive experience in digital marketing by working for several companies in Canada. As an entrepreneur over the past few years, he has simplified the process of exchanging second-hand clothing between buyers and sellers.

Salim Ammara (photo is an Algerian tech entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Dirideal, an e-commerce platform specializing in second-hand clothing. Launched in 2022, Dirideal makes buying and selling clothes from home easy.

The platform created a true circular community with a paperless door-to-door delivery service and an integrated digital wallet. Acting as an intermediary between sellers and buyers, a courier picks up packages from sellers and delivers them to buyers across Algeria. It already boasts 150,000 active users nationwide, offers 17,000 items, and registers 700 new members daily.

In addition to his role at Dirideal, Salim Ammara is also a part-time marketing director for startup companies. His expertise includes analyzing buying behaviors, developing brand images, and optimizing sales promotions to improve profitability and market position.

He holds a marketing degree from the University of Sherbrooke, Quebec, where he earned a bachelor's degree in marketing in 2014. His professional career began in 2013 at Ludis Media in Sherbrooke as a digital marketing strategist. In 2015, he joined SherWeb, a Quebec-based cloud distributor, as a marketing strategist.

In 2018, Salim joined Datavalet Technologies, a Canadian software company, as digital marketing director. The following year, he became a marketing automation consultant at Incloud Business Solutions. Concurrently, he taught digital marketing at the Montreal College of Information Technology. From 2020 to 2021, he served as marketing manager at Bopper, a company helping artists obtain licenses.

With his rich and diverse background, Salim Ammara continues to make significant contributions to technological innovation and the development of e-commerce in Algeria.

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Posted On vendredi, 21 juin 2024 13:28 Written by

A finance expert, she leverages technology to create solutions tailored to the financial needs of SMEs and rural populations. Her commitment to combating financial exclusion has earned her numerous awards and distinctions.

Ethel Mupambwa (photo) is the founder and CEO of fintech startup MoneyMart Finance. Born in Zimbabwe, she is driven by the ambition to ensure financial inclusion for all her fellow citizens through her startup.

Founded in 2014, MoneyMart Finance is dedicated to fostering universal positive transformation by providing access to digital financial services. The company offers loans tailored to the activities of informal businesses and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It also provides micro-insurance solutions for individuals, including funeral financing plans.

MoneyMart Finance tackles various forms of exclusion that contribute to poverty, including energy exclusion. The company is also a distributor of off-grid solar systems, serving families and small businesses needing reliable, sustainable, and clean energy.

Since its inception, MoneyMart Finance has served over 6,000 microenterprises and disbursed more than $5 million in loans. Additionally, it has financed over 1,300 solar systems. Reflecting a development policy focused on empowering women and youth, 70% of its clients are women and 50% are young people.

Ethel Mupambwa serves on the board of directors of the Zimbabwe Association of Microfinance Institutions (ZAMFI). She is also a founding trustee of the Digital Finance Practitioners Association of Zimbabwe (DFPAZ). She holds a bachelor's degree in finance from the National University of Science and Technology of Zimbabwe, earned in 2008. Her professional career began in 2006 as an intern at EY. From 2009 to 2011, she was the financial director of Rockshade Car Rentals and Tours, a luxury car and coach rental service provider.

In 2020, she won the WIA54 (Women in Africa) award in the fintech category and was named among Africa’s Business Heroes. The following year, she was recognized as Businesswoman of the Year by the Zimbabwe National Business & Leadership Awards. The same year, she received an honorary doctorate in human letters from the Women’s Institute of Philanthropy (WIP) and another in business leadership and entrepreneurship from the International Women’s University (IWU).

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Posted On jeudi, 20 juin 2024 16:25 Written by

He wants make healthcare affordable for everyone in The Gambia.  To achieve this goal, he offers a comprehensive range of services, including telemedicine, pharmaceutical sales, and healthcare facility management.

Ismail D. Badjie (photo) is a trained pharmacist and Gambian entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of Innovarx Global Health (IGH), a company that combines technology and healthcare to provide innovative services to both businesses (B2B) and consumers (B2C).

Founded in 2014, Innovarx Global Health is a healthtech startup that aims to bridge the gap between modern healthcare solutions and their economic accessibility at the local level. This allows all Gambians, and eventually, other West African countries, to benefit from quality healthcare at affordable prices.

"Innovarx Global Health (IGH) was born out of the founder’s vision for a Gambia where access to quality healthcare was not a privilege but a right for all. A Gambia where people continuously invest in their health through regular screening and increased awareness for it is our most valuable form of wealth," the startup explains on its website. 

IGH offers a wide selection of services, including medication and therapy management for diseases, on-site testing for non-communicable diseases, telemedicine, medical tourism, physiotherapy, and online pharmaceutical sales. Additionally, it provides consultancy for improving healthcare system processes.

Ismail D. Badjie holds a bachelor's in chemistry from Tennessee State University, obtained in 2008. He also graduated from Purdue University in the United States, earning a Doctor of Pharmacy degree in 2013. Following his doctorate, he worked at Walgreens, a pharmacy, health, and beauty company. Between 2013 and 2019, he held various positions, including staff pharmacist and pharmacy manager.

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Posted On jeudi, 20 juin 2024 12:44 Written by

With over 23 years of professional experience, she develops innovative strategies and solutions to help service providers overcome their financial challenges.

Elly Roimen Mathenge (photo) is a trained computer scientist and Kenyan entrepreneur. She is the co-founder and CEO of m-tip, a startup on a mission  "to transform the financial landscape for service providers, ensuring they have the tools and resources to thrive in an ever-changing world."

Founded in 2021, m-tip aims to empower service providers by revolutionizing their revenue management. The startup offers accessible financial solutions that ensure financial stability, access to micro-financing, and insurance, paving the way for a better future.

Through its dashboard, users can access their transaction flows in real-time. Additionally, m-tip allows for tipping and cash withdrawals directly on M-Pesa, the mobile money service by Safaricom in Kenya. The m-tip services are accessible on any mobile device via the USSD application by dialing *682#.

Elly Roimen Mathenge also mentors at GERMAN X, an organization helping German businesses and startups to scale globally within dynamic innovation ecosystems. She freelances as a corporate master of ceremonies and serves on the board of Presta, a Kenyan fintech company.

The entrepreneur completed her higher education and began her professional career in the United States. She graduated from Metro State University with a bachelor's in business administration. She also holds a master's in information technology administration and management from Capella University. Her professional career began in 2002 at Fairview Health Services, where she was a business analyst.

In 2005, she joined Allina Hospitals & Clinics, where she successively held positions as a senior IT help desk analyst and business analyst. In 2009, she became the program and IT operations manager at the energy company Xcel Energy. In Kenya, she worked for several major companies, including Oracle, where she was responsible for strategic development from 2018 to 2022.

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Posted On jeudi, 20 juin 2024 08:59 Written by

At just 19 years old, she launched her first startup and contributed to the fight against unemployment through innovative training programs. Her company has achieved immense success, earning her numerous awards and distinctions.

Matina Razafimahefa (photo) is a renowned entrepreneur in Madagascar's tech industry. She is best known for founding the educational technology startup Sayna, alongside her mother, Nirina Rahoeliarivahy. As CEO, Matina aims to make education accessible to Africans through gamified online training programs.

Founded in 2018, Sayna is an edtech and crowdsourcing platform that allows users to acquire technological skills. Students who complete these courses can then access paid micro-tasks offered by companies, helping to reduce unemployment.

Beyond Sayna, Matina co-founded and co-chairs French Tech Antananarivo, a community launched in 2019. This initiative brings together startup founders, investors, institutions, and other key players in Madagascar's tech ecosystem. French Tech Antananarivo serves as a hub for innovation, technological experimentation, and talent support.

Born in Côte d’Ivoire and raised in Madagascar, Matina pursued her studies at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne in France, where she earned a degree in political science in 2020. Between 2018 and 2019, she was the Head of Solidarity Engagements at Maltem Consulting Group. In 2023, she served on the scientific committee of the Assises de la Transformation Digitale en Afrique.

Matina's achievements have been widely recognized. In 2020, she was a finalist in The Anzisha Prize, which honors the best young entrepreneurs in Africa. In 2022, she was named one of Forbes Africa's 30 under 30 shaping the future of the continent. Additionally, at Vivatech 2022, Sayna won the "Making Work Flexible" challenge organized by ManpowerGroup, a company specializing in recruitment solutions.

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Posted On mercredi, 19 juin 2024 11:28 Written by

Founded in 2009, Akendewa aims to invigorate the internet and mobile industry by supporting startups, amateurs, enthusiasts, freelancers, and entrepreneurs. The organization brings together technology enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to advancing information and communication technologies (ICT).

One of Akendewa's notable initiatives is AllDevCamp, an intensive program designed to train prolific application developers. This program provides an ideal framework for the design, development, and distribution of web and mobile applications in Africa.

Jean-Patrick Ehouman is also the co-founder and director of SheIsTheCode, a program launched in 2015 that trains and supports African women in technology and entrepreneurship. This program equips them with computing skills, fosters professional leadership, and helps digitalize businesses, NGOs, and administrations.

Before Akendewa, Jean-Patrick founded AllDenY in 2008, a startup specializing in web and mobile technologies. AllDenY assists businesses in identifying suitable technologies and strategies, developing technological solutions, and providing expert-led training. He served as CEO of the company until 2016.

Jean-Patrick Ehouman holds a university degree in electronic engineering and industrial computing from the University of Poitiers, obtained in 2004. He also has a professional bachelor's degree in computer systems and software from Aix-Marseille University, earned in 2005. In 2014, he completed a business and entrepreneurship program at the University of Texas.

He began his career as a software developer in 2006 and became co-director of Founder Institute, a global startup accelerator, in Côte d'Ivoire in 2015.

In 2013, he won the first UNESCO Prize for Youth Entrepreneurship and Culture of Peace in Africa. In 2014, he was selected among the 500 young leaders of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).

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Posted On mercredi, 19 juin 2024 09:34 Written by

With over a decade of experience across diverse fields, he is passionate about financial inclusion. His goal is to build a world where everyone has equal access to the tools and resources needed for financial empowerment.

Ousmane Seidy Diallo (photo) is an experienced Guinean software developer and tech entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of MuduPay, a company revolutionizing the mobile payments sector in Africa and beyond.

Founded in 2021, MuduPay offers an innovative mobile payment platform that simplifies financial transactions in Africa. The solution allows users to make payments, transfer money, and shop online using their mobile phones, even without a traditional bank account. The goal is to include unbanked populations by providing a simple and secure way to manage their finances. With advanced security protocols, MuduPay ensures reliable transactions.

MuduPay also offers two other solutions to meet its clients' needs. The first, MuduBiz, is a business management solution designed for professionals. It includes features such as inventory management, payment processing, and employee management.

The second, MuduExpress, is designed for diaspora members wishing to send money to Africa. It allows for secure and hassle-free money transfers and is available in several countries, including Guinea, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, and Côte d'Ivoire.

Ousmane Seidy Diallo holds a degree in network security obtained in 2012 from the American training center Training SOL. After working for three years as a freelance software engineer, he joined the startup eHealth Africa in 2014 as a software developer. In 2018, he became the lead engineer at Ocean Nexus, a software development company.

In 2019, he worked as a consultant at Andela and a software developer at Venzee Technologies, a Canadian company specializing in commerce solutions. He then joined Easer Solar, a company providing renewable energy in West Africa, as chief technology officer.

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Posted On mardi, 18 juin 2024 10:18 Written by

As a technological center, its objective is to make digital skills accessible to everyone. Located in northern Benin, the center has already trained thousands of people.

Guerra Tech Hub, an innovative digital center located in Parakou, northern Benin, was founded in 2018 and is led by Vidjinnangni Grégory Thoto, a Beninese entrepreneur and project innovation manager who serves as its president. The hub is dedicated to creating environments that act as catalysts for building the Africa of tomorrow: disruptive, collaborative, and inclusive.

The hub boasts a community of passionate individuals, including developers, designers, and entrepreneurs. It emphasizes practical skill enhancement, collaboration, and problem-solving. Over six years, Guerra Tech Hub has designed and developed several programs, with its flagship initiative being Hack Her_. This program targets unemployed women aged 18 to 30, introducing them to digital professions, technological culture, and coding basics in cohorts of 30.

Other notable programs include Guerra Impulse, Keoubougou Pi, and ImpalaEdTech – Parakou. Guerra Impulse supports entrepreneurs in the creation and development of their business projects. This 12-month program targets early-stage entrepreneurs, selecting five startups or projects per cohort to participate.

Keoubougou Pi aims to inspire young schoolchildren in northern Benin by familiarizing them with computer science, preparing them to become digital citizens. ImpalaEdTech – Parakou seeks to cover all aspects of information and communication technologies (ICT) in education in the long term. The center promotes the teaching and use of ICT in schools and creates job opportunities for young people, especially girls, in the ICT field.

To date, Guerra Tech Hub has trained over 120 young women, more than 500 tech educators, and over 15,000 individuals in northern Benin through its programs. It has also invested over $175,000 in the Beninese tech ecosystem.

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Posted On lundi, 17 juin 2024 13:08 Written by

On a mission to revolutionize how organizations access talent, he leverages his expertise in artificial intelligence (AI) and technology to transform the talent acquisition landscape fundamentally.

Amine Khayatei Houssaini (photo) is a Moroccan tech entrepreneur, founder, and CEO of Kwiks. He aims to establish Africa's first marketplace for independent headhunters.

Founded in Morocco in 2014, Kwiks initially focused on providing quick CV delivery to French companies. Today, Kwiks has evolved into a digital recruitment platform dedicated to businesses, supported by a community of independent recruitment experts across Africa. Leveraging artificial intelligence, the platform offers an efficient recruitment process with real-time performance visibility.

Kwiks' mission is to democratize access to headhunting services for SMEs worldwide. The platform reduces recruitment costs and optimizes post-integration talent tracking. To date, Kwiks boasts over 450 specialized recruiters in various fields.

Beyond his work at Kwiks, Amine Khayatei Houssaini is also the founder and managing partner of Pronatlas. Launched in France during Euro 2016, Pronatlas offers companies an online platform for sports betting among colleagues. As a freelance NoCode consultant, he uses his skills to implement automated processes using NoCode tools.

Amine holds an engineering degree in MIAGE (computer methods applied to business management), with a specialization in information systems audit, obtained in 2008 from the University of Bordeaux. His professional career began that same year at ALTEN, an IT company, where he served as a project manager.

In 2011, he joined the consulting firm AdWay Conseil, working until 2013 in roles ranging from management consultant to business manager. In 2018, he became a member of the start-up commission of the General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises (CGEM).

In 2019, Amine was appointed business partner for the Moroccan branch of BABEL, a Spanish technology multinational. Between 2020 and 2022, he served on the board of the Moroccan Federation of Information Technology, Telecommunications, and Offshoring (Apebi).

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Posted On vendredi, 14 juin 2024 14:12 Written by
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