In recent years, a growing number of young Africans have embarked on the path of entrepreneurship. Most often they either want to create jobs for themselves and others, diversify businesses, or just innovate to address local issues. In Guinea, the incubator Ose Ton Emploi has set itself the mission to support them. 

Ose Ton Emploi is an entrepreneurial support institution created in 2018 in Guinea by Danda Diallo, a young Guinean entrepreneur. The incubator stimulates entrepreneurial desire, encourages, mentors, and directs innovation efforts toward growth-generating sectors. It aims to create a new generation of entrepreneurs committed to the growth and development of Guinea Conakry.

The Incubator provides customized support to meet the specific needs and profiles of entrepreneurs. It establishes incubation programs and arranges training, coaching, mentoring, and networking sessions to enhance entrepreneurs' capabilities and streamline their access to funding, markets, and partners. Operating on an inclusive approach, it centers around the entrepreneur, valuing the diversity of sectors, regions, and genders.

In 2022, the incubator introduced a digital platform, specifically designed for youth training, named Sanku Lab. Funded by Orange Guinea, the platform's goal is to train 2,100 individuals in "digital professions, prototyping, and the manufacturing of various objects." According to Danda Diallo, the founder and CEO of the incubator, Sanku Lab occupies a central role in the activities and support programs provided by the incubator.

Sanku Lab provides learners with a 3D printer, laser cutter, vinyl cutter, heat press, electronic tools, digital embroidery machines, and laptops, among others.

One of Ose Ton Emploi’s core programs is the  Guinea Startup Challenge launched in 2019. It aims to imprint the entrepreneurial culture into young students through training, awareness-raising, and competition.

Ose Ton Emploi also offers a coworking space for young entrepreneurs. A member of the Afric'Innov community, it is supported by several institutions, including the Guinean Ministry of Youth and Youth Employment, the UNDP, and the University of Kindia in Guinea.

Melchior Koba

Posted On lundi, 13 novembre 2023 18:09 Written by

In Africa, managing payroll and human resources poses significant challenges for companies. In Benin, Mario Zannou established Uptimise to streamline and automate these processes. 

Mario Zannou (photo) is a Beninese entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Uptimise, a startup offering an online solution to simplify human resources and payroll management.

The entrepreneur holds a master's degree in computer engineering from Debrecen University's Faculty of Engineering, obtained in 2014. He also holds an engineering degree in telecoms networks obtained in 2015 from Sup Galilée and two Master's in Business Administration, obtained in 2023, from IFG Executive Education and IAE Paris respectively.

Mario Zannou founded Uptimise in May 2023. The company centralizes employee data and ensures efficient management of HR-related processes. Its platform facilitates the management of salaries, leave and absences, bonuses and benefits, salary advances, expense reports, and pay slips. It also enables better management of employee-related data and documents, including employment contracts and payslips.

In addition, the company provides real-time reporting and performance-tracking tools to assist companies in monitoring key indicators and making informed decisions.

Since 2020, Mario Zannou has been head of the cybersecurity department at cybersecurity and digital transformation consultancy Erugis. His professional career began in February 2015 at Prosodie, a subsidiary of the Capgemini Group that designs and hosts front-office services for major accounts, where he was a software engineer.

In October 2015, he joined the rail company VIIA as an IT project manager. In 2019, he joined business consultancy Willing as a cybersecurity consultant. At the same time, he works for civil engineering company Egis as head of the IT security department.

Melchior Koba

Posted On lundi, 13 novembre 2023 13:40 Written by

For more than a decade, Wiki Start Up has been dedicated to equipping startups with the essential resources, mentorship, and networking opportunities they need to transform their ideas into successful businesses.

Wiki Start Up is the first private incubator in Tunisia. Founded in 2011, it is a center that combines business incubation, coaching, and seed financing with certified investment professional Mohamed Salah Frad as its managing director.

The incubator specializes in support, consulting, research, and training, offering several programs to Tunisian startups. One of its programs is Startup Nest, an incubation program financed by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs with technical support from the NGO SPARK, dedicated to assisting and supporting innovative project leaders.

In 2015, Wiki Start Up initiated Start’Act in collaboration with the Carthage Business Angels Association. The said program supports innovative startups by helping them materialize and develop their projects.  It features a rich incubation program with a wide range of shared training courses, in addition to personalized expertise-building training established in collaboration with project leaders. In addition, the program has a 50 million dinars (around $16 million) seed fund (Capital’Act) dedicated to startups that go through the Start’Act program. 

In addition to helping startups raise funds, the center also co-launched CapitaLease Seed Fund, the first pre-seed fund in Tunisia. The pre-seed fund provides financial support to startups during their conception and prototyping phases.

Wiki Start Up has a significant impact in Africa.  It has reached over 750 startups and supported more than 90 entrepreneurs. Its network comprises over 100 experts, mentors, and business angels, and more than 50 private companies, public bodies, and international organizations.

Melchior Koba

Posted On lundi, 13 novembre 2023 12:34 Written by

A software engineer by training, he creates AI and robotics solutions to automate farm management. His innovations have won him several awards.  

Akhlad Alabhar (photo) is the founder and CEO of Egrobots, a startup developing smart agricultural solutions. The Egyptian-born tech entrepreneur studied at Alexandria University's Faculty of Engineering, graduating in 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering.

In 2021, he founded Egrobots to help farmers grow crops more efficiently with minimum resources. His company enables farmers to cover more hectares by making strategic use of products, improving not only plant health and yield but also management and sustainability.

Egrobots uses cutting-edge imaging and artificial intelligence, robotics, and machine learning technologies to give suppliers and planters information to enable them to make informed decisions.

Through Egrobots, Akhlad Alabhar offers several products. Among them, Roboscoot uses AI to gather information about farmers' fields. Shagarah detects crop diseases, analyzes vegetation, humidity, and weather conditions, and makes recommendations to farmers.

The company recently took second place on the international stage in the Orange Social Venture Prize in Africa and the Middle East (POESAM) 2023. It also won first prize of 30,000 euros in the INTECMED ENI CBC Med transformation project.

Before becoming an entrepreneur, Akhlad Alabhar worked at Alinma Bank in Saudi Arabia. Hired in 2013 as an IT consultant, he successively held the positions of data analysis consultant and AI team leader before leaving in June 2023. He was also a project manager at Saudi Arabia's Ministry of Finance from 2018 to 2019.

Melchior Koba

Posted On vendredi, 10 novembre 2023 13:14 Written by

A HEC Paris graduate and advocate of the Process Communication Model, he offers software and web services for Big Data applications through Ryax Technologies, his company. 

Andry Razafinjatovo (photo) is a Malagasy entrepreneur, CEO, and co-founder of Ryax Technologies, a startup specializing in data engineering. He holds a master's degree in business administration and management from HEC Paris and a Process Communication Model trainer certificate from Kahler Communication France in 2022.  

Ryax Technologies, which he launched in 2017 with David Glesser, and Yiannis Georgiou, offers software and web services leveraging hybrid distributed infrastructures for big data applications. The vision of Ryax Technologies is to offer an open-source platform for swift and efficient backend development. 

The Ryax software developed by the company offers customizable encrypted communication and data confidentiality management. It facilitates secure supervision of data transfer, ensuring complete security. Moreover, it enables real-time flow processing thereby streamlining the application development process.

"Data engineering is key to getting value from your data science projects. We cannot wait until the end of the development phase to be sure of their ROI. We aim to allow our customers to reduce their time to market dealing with up to 100% of data engineering tasks from the execution to the maintenance of their data workflows," said Andry Razafinjatovo, explaining the importance of the Ryax platform. 

A Process Communication Model trainer at Matana Conseil, the Malagasy spent a decade, from 2004 to 2014, working for Bull, a technology hub affiliated with the digital transformation enterprise Atos. Within this span, he undertook roles ranging from research and development engineer to high-performance computing (HPC) architecture engineer. Subsequently, from 2015 to 2017, he assumed the role of head of the performance and scalability department in the research and development division at Atos.

Melchior Koba

Posted On jeudi, 09 novembre 2023 16:07 Written by

RLabs offers training, empowerment, and incubation programs for young people and women. It has already reached tens of millions of people and graduated 2 million individuals.

Reconstructed Living Lab (RLabs) is a South African social organization founded in 2009 by Marlon Parker, an entrepreneur and innovator with a passion for technology. The current head of RLabs is Christine Taphel, a psychologist and linguist by training.

RLabs is dedicated to establishing environments and systems that foster transformative experiences, driven by hope, innovation, technology, training, and economic opportunities. Through a diverse range of activities and programs, RLabs actively pursues the realization of its mission.

Via the RLabs Academy, the organization introduces free specialized skills programs designed for community members, enabling them to enhance personal growth, grasp economic opportunities (jobs, businesses, etc.), or further their education. The academy also provides internships and employment prospects, alongside curriculum development through its RLabs Course Lab.

RLabs offers the RLabs Innovation Lab to its community, actively engaging in collaborations with a range of international organizations, private enterprises, and public sector partners to craft solutions for social change. Furthermore, RLabs established Venture Studio, a one-year incubation program geared towards cultivating impactful businesses that drive job creation.

Equally concerned with women's empowerment, RLabs offers several training programs and initiatives. One such initiative is the JUNK.Fund, which raises funds to invest in and support a new female entrepreneur every month.

RLabs has had a considerable impact in Africa and worldwide. To date, it has impacted 50 million people and graduated 2 million. It has also supported 5,500 businesses.  In 2017, it received the SA Blog Awards for best educational blog. The following year, it won the Google Impact Awards and, in 2022, it received the Social Innovator of the Year award issued by the Schwab Foundation and the World Economic Forum.

Melchior Koba

Posted On jeudi, 09 novembre 2023 15:18 Written by

KivuHub describes itself as a hub for tech entrepreneurs. It provides virtual spaces for ambitious startups and entrepreneurs aiming to make a global impact through technology, thereby uplifting the eastern DR Congo region.

Established in 2017 by Eliud Aganze and a team of co-founders comprising Patrick Nahayo, Julien Ntibonera, and Marius Mathondo, KivuHub is a tech accelerator and virtual coworking space based in the Democratic Republic of Congo. With a core focus on fostering the growth of startups, and small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as innovative tech projects,  its mission is to provide support and promote these ventures. 

The center offers mentoring and training, investor connection, web project management, graphic design, web/mobile/software development, and cybersecurity services. It also has a hybrid cloud platform that enables entrepreneurs to host their web and mobile applications.

In addition to its core activities, KivuHub has launched specific programs to support women, girls, and young entrepreneurs. The program aims to help beneficiaries innovate in technology by improving their digital skills, solving community problems, protecting the environment, and strengthening business networking and IT skills.

Through its platform Girls in Tech, the center aims to contribute to gender equality, improve the quality of education, and promote women’s digital inclusion in eastern DR Congo between 2022 and 2025.

KivuHub works with various investor networks and other hubs in the region to address the complex challenges facing the world. It is an active member of AfriLabs and other startup groups.  

Melchior Koba

Posted On mercredi, 08 novembre 2023 13:14 Written by

She uses tech tools to help businesses reach their full potential. Through her startup Telliscope, she offers an AI-powered business intelligence platform to companies.

Mellena Haile (photo) is the founder and managing director of Telliscope, a technology company that provides data and analysis on fast-growing emerging economies.

Born in Ethiopia, Mellena Haile moved to the United States with her family before completing her higher education. She obtained a Bachelor's degree in Architecture at the University of Virginia and continued her studies at the Darden Graduate School of Business, where she earned a Master of Business Administration.

In 2016, she founded E-Pulse, which later became Telliscope. It is a digital platform that uses artificial intelligence to collect, analyze, and visualize data on markets, consumers, and competitors in emerging countries. It enables entrepreneurs to market their businesses, access resources, and securely connect with investors. With offices in Washington D.C., Los Angeles, and Addis Ababa, it has a diverse team of technologists, economists, and designers. 

On October 5, 2023, Telliscope was selected to join the Google for Startups Accelerator: AI First program. Along with the other 10 beneficiaries of the program, it will be mentored for 10 weeks to scale its AI solution globally and for Africa. The company will also receive up to $350,000 in Google Cloud credits and access to Google's AI expertise and support.

Mellena Haile's professional career began in 2007 at Project Capital +, a project development company, where she was a summer associate in charge of emerging markets in Africa. In 2010, she joined the Kauffman Foundation, one of the world's leading organizations on entrepreneurship and education, as a lead researcher on Africa.

She has received numerous national and international awards for her entrepreneurial and innovative works. In 2016, she was on the African Next Generation Leaders list. Then, three years later, she was invited to the Africa Fintech Summit. In 2023, she also joined NVIDIA Inception, a program that supports high-growth early-stage companies revolutionizing industries with cutting-edge capabilities and technological advances.

Melchior Koba

Posted On mercredi, 08 novembre 2023 13:10 Written by

Africa has abundant natural resources, yet grapples with many challenges, including food security, climate change, poverty, and youth unemployment. In response to these pressing issues, blueMoon Incubator fosters innovation and entrepreneurship within the agricultural sector, aiming to address these challenges through sustainable and impactful solutions.

blueMoon Incubator is Ethiopia's first agribusiness startup incubator. Founded in 2016 by Eleni Gabre-Madhin, a serial entrepreneur responsible for innovation at UNDP Africa, blueMoon Incubator's mission is to discover, incubate, and invest in exceptional ideas and founding teams in the agricultural sector.

The incubator presents an intensive four-month program, conducted biannually in Addis Ababa, engaging 10 teams comprising 2-3 entrepreneurs carefully chosen from a pool of hundreds of applicants. Successful startups enrolled in the program receive tailored guidance, training, and entry to an extensive network of investors, service providers, and strategic partners. Additionally, they receive an initial funding of 200,000 Ethiopian birr (approximately $3,500) in exchange for 10% equity. Moreover, the participants gain access to 12 months of coaching from external volunteer mentors, who are seasoned business professionals, providing both individual and team support.

Upon completion of the incubation program, startups are presented with various funding options facilitated by blueMoon Ventures for their subsequent investment rounds. Additionally, the incubator provides versatile coworking spaces, and offices, as well as informal and formal meeting spaces, accessible around the clock and furnished with high-speed WiFi connectivity.

As a member of the AfriLabs network, blueMoon has signed partnerships with several companies and institutions. The incubator's partner institutions include Iceaddis, Digital Opportunity Trust, The xHub, The MasterCard Foundation, and Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs.

Melchior Koba

Posted On mercredi, 08 novembre 2023 03:09 Written by

The serial entrepreneur co-founded Mstudio to support and finance entrepreneurs in French-speaking Africa.  With a particular emphasis on empowering women and the youth, she aims to foster the growth of Africa's next generation of unicorns.

Leslie Ossete (photo) is a serial technology entrepreneur of Congolese and Madagascan descent. Raised in Congo, she moved to the United States to pursue her studies. In 2012, she graduated from UWC-USA (United World College) with an International Baccalaureate. In 2016, she got a Bachelor’s in Economics, Business, and Nonprofit Management from Earlham College. 

Driven by the ambition to transform the informal sector in French-speaking African countries, she co-founded Mstudio, the first “mobile” startup studio in French-speaking West Africa, in September 2022. 

The studio, where she serves as the Chief Operating Officer, creates and finances startups that meet current needs in the informal sector. It also provides expert support, drawing inspiration from business models that work in English-speaking African countries. Based in Côte d'Ivoire, it focuses particularly on women and young people, who are the main users of mobile technology in Africa. 

"Our approach aims to narrow the investment gap in French-speaking Africa by assisting entrepreneurs in establishing high-impact startups, mirroring successful business models from English-speaking Africa, Latin America, and Asia rather than reinventing the wheel. As the pioneering startup studio in French-speaking Africa, we offer not just expertise and funding, but also an unparalleled network for the startups we champion,"  Leslie Ossete explained in late May 2023. 

In 2015, the latter co-founded BuuPass, a digital marketplace that enables urban travelers to book their tickets. She served as its CEO until 2017.  She boasts a professional career with several African companies such as Bolt Kenya, the mobility company, where she was COO in 2019, and Wave Mobile Money where she was successively, between 2020 and 2022, the company's launcher in West African countries and head of growth.

With BuuPass, Leslie Ossete won the prestigious Hult Prize awarded by US President Clinton to young entrepreneurs in 2016. In 2017, she became the winner of the African Women in Technology Prize. The following year, Transdev awarded BuuPass as one of the best transport innovations working on the technology scene in Nairobi, Kenya.

Melchior Koba

Posted On mardi, 07 novembre 2023 12:26 Written by
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