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He has over 20 years of experience in information technology and payments. He applies his skills to the development of fintech and technology in Africa.

Martin Warioba, a Tanzanian entrepreneur and investor, established Warioba Ventures, a consulting and investment firm based in Dar es Salaam, in 2022. The firm’s primary objective is to foster an environment that encourages fintech and startups to address Africa’s significant challenges through technology. Its offerings include investment, fintech and startup development, corporate strategy, payments, and technology consulting.

Warioba Ventures concentrates on East Africa, providing not only financial support to entrepreneurs but also technical expertise, advanced  market understanding, and assistance. The firm primarily focuses on early-stage and seed-phase startups with innovative business models, increasing revenues, a robust economic base, and the potential for expansion throughout Africa.

In addition to his role at Warioba Ventures, Martin Warioba is a non-executive director at Dawa Mkononi, a pharmaceutical company committed to enhancing access to medicines in Tanzania and across Africa. He also presides over the board of the CRDB Bank Foundation.

Martin Warioba earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and mathematics from Louisiana State University in 2003 and a Master’s in Information Management from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University in 2007. Before launching Warioba Ventures, he co-founded WS Technology Consulting, a technology and consulting firm, in 2011.

Warioba began his professional journey in 2004 at the Central Bank of Tanzania as an IT analyst and programmer. In 2006, he advanced to the role of project manager at CVS Health, a company specializing in health solutions. He joined Deloitte as a technology integration consultant in 2007. From 2009 to 2013, he worked as a technology analyst and project manager at the Central Bank of Tanzania.

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Posted On mercredi, 15 mai 2024 09:32 Written by

Driven by the vision of a prosperous digital future for African businesses, he develops customized technological tools that cater to the specific needs of small and medium-sized enterprises.

Tanzanian native John Haule is the founder and CEO of Swahiliesm a startup that develops digital payment solutions for businesses across Africa. Established in 2020, Swahilies provides digital tools designed to empower African businesses by offering sophisticated financial and operational resources. Its mission is to streamline accounting processes, facilitate digital payments, and provide access to banking solutions. The company offers a suite of solutions aimed at helping businesses maintain organization and operate efficiently.

Swahilies has developed a platform that enables businesses to track sales and expenses in real-time, providing them with an accurate understanding of their performance at any given moment. It offers a real-time inventory management system and has created tools to assist businesses in recovering unpaid debts from their customers. Swahilies’ solutions are currently used by over 10,000 businesses in Tanzania.

In addition to his role at Swahilies, Haule is a founding member of the Tanzania Fintech Association (TAFINA), a platform dedicated to bolstering the fintech ecosystem to advance financial and economic inclusion in Tanzania. As the editor-in-chief of the media outlet This Week in Fintech in Africa, he also contributes to the reporting on sector developments.

Prior to Swahilies, Haule founded several other companies. In 2015, he established Positivity Clothing Brand, a clothing brand aimed at inspiring the new generation. The company offered a range of products, including customized t-shirts and caps. In 2016, he co-founded Swahili Inspiration, a digital media platform that uses the Swahili language to inform Tanzanians about global opportunities.

Haule earned a bachelor’s degree in social protection in 2020 from the Institute of Finance Management. From 2021 to 2022, he served as a VC scout, seeking investment opportunities in startups for the investment firm shl.vc.

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Posted On mardi, 14 mai 2024 11:34 Written by

With several years of experience gained from Senegalese and European companies, he has ventured into the education sector, using technology to assist schoolchildren.

Senegalese Entrpreneur Mafal Lô Absa is the co-founder of Génimi, a startup that streamlines tutoring to aid students in Francophone Africa. Established in 2022, Génimi is a mobile platform that makes learning an enjoyable experience for children, parents, and tutors alike. Its mission is to nurture each child’s potential by teaching them how to learn and instilling a lifelong passion for learning.

Génimi is designed to support elementary students who are struggling with mathematics and reading by identifying their challenges and connecting them with local coaches to help them excel. Besides facilitating diagnosis, the app provides a program to address children’s learning gaps, guides coaches, and generates engaging exercises that children can tackle independently. To date, the app, in collaboration with three schools, has served 1,488 students and trained 38 coaches.

Mafal Lô Absa also serves as the president of CJD Senegal, the national chapter of an international non-profit organization of young leaders and business executives dedicated to fostering entrepreneurship and enhancing the overall performance of businesses and entrepreneurs.

In 2015, he founded FIREFLY Media Senegal, a platform that enables businesses and brands to better understand and engage their target audiences. In 2019, he co-founded PitchPalabre, a company focused on enhancing the capacities of young entrepreneurs.

Mafal Lô Absa earned a degree in systems, networks, and telecommunications engineering in 2004 from Ingésup, a computer engineering school. He also holds a master’s degree in market finance, which he received in 2007 from the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers.

With a diverse professional background, he has worked as a business and IT analyst at SIX Telekurs, a Swiss company providing services in the securities, financial information, and payments sectors. He has also held positions as a business analyst at BNP Paribas and Dexia Asset Management, a European asset management company.

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Posted On lundi, 13 mai 2024 10:11 Written by

He is a dedicated entrepreneur who devotes his life to creating technological solutions aimed at improving the efficiency of small and medium-sized enterprises in Africa. His commitment to entrepreneurship and his innovative spirit have earned him several awards.

Ivorian tech entrepreneur Alex Degny (photo) is the co-founder and CEO of Tajiri, a startup established in 2023 to transform the restaurant management landscape in Côte d'Ivoire and throughout Africa. The company offers a mobile app, compatible with Android and iOS, that simplifies the lives of restaurateurs by providing a platform to log sales, monitor business data, and even secure financing. Its app streamlines order taking and tracking, and facilitates the monitoring and management of inventory for optimal planning.

In addition, Tajiri provides analytical reports that enable performance assessment and data-driven decision-making. It enhances operational efficiency in restaurants by improving communication between the dining area and the kitchen.

As of April 12, 2024, Alex Degny took on the role of president of #Ci20 (Côte d’Ivoire Innovation 20), a coalition of tech companies, succeeding Steven Bedi.

Prior to launching Tajiri, In 2017, Degny founded Innoving, a startup that offers management software to small and medium-sized enterprises. Then, in January 2018, he established RIZE’S, a French startup specializing in digital services.

Degny is a graduate of the Catholic University of West Africa, where he earned a master’s degree in banking, business, finance, and real estate law in 2008. He also holds a certificate in business administration and management from HEC Paris.

Degny embarked on his professional journey in 2011 at FIAO Côte d'Ivoire (West African Investment Finance), serving as the head of the executive office. In 2014, he transitioned to the role of sales manager at WABCO COTIA, a company that specializes in the production and marketing of compound fertilizers. In 2015, he served as an administrative consultant for the rice company GAN Logis. By 2016, he had become the general manager of Agri Hope, a consortium of several companies specializing in agribusiness.

In recognition of his contributions to the fields of technology and entrepreneurship in Africa, Degny was awarded the innovation prize at season 5 of Orange Fab Côte d'Ivoire in 2019.

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Posted On lundi, 13 mai 2024 09:05 Written by

A computer scientist by training, he believes in the potential of e-commerce in Africa. He develops technological solutions to help e-merchants grow their businesses.

Youssef Akalal (photo), a Moroccan computer scientist and entrepreneur, is the co-founder and CEO of Dropify, a platform that empowers e-merchants to establish online stores and sell their products. Founded in 2022, Dropify offers a seamless and free process for creating virtual shops and sales funnels. The platform's intuitive tools and variety of templates aim to provide an optimal user experience, ultimately assisting merchants in achieving their growth objectives. The created stores are equipped with a comprehensive dashboard to manage their content efficiently.

In addition to his role at Dropify, Akalal is also the co-founder and CEO of COD Partner, a company launched in 2022. COD Partner collaborates with online vendors by providing a complete logistics platform, thereby facilitating their access to multiple international markets.

Akalal's educational background includes a master's degree in Systems Architecture from the National School of Electricity and Mechanics (ENSEM), which he earned in 2010. He also holds a master's degree in Information Science and Technology from the University of Quebec in Outaouais, obtained in 2019.

His professional career began in 2007 at BNP Paribas, where he worked as an IT operations pilot. In 2008, he joined Akka Technologies as a quality assurance team leader and was promoted to technical team leader in 2009. Between 2016 and 2022, he worked for IFS North America, a company specializing in enterprise software. During his tenure, he held the positions of Business Intelligence (BI) Analyst and Data & BI Architect successively.

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Posted On vendredi, 10 mai 2024 15:21 Written by

He champions agent independence by providing them with resources that free up their time and boost their bottom line. Thousands of agents have already benefited from his approach.

Ahmed Nassef (photo), an Egyptian entrepreneur, co-founded and currently serves as the CEO of LeadsMart. This startup, which targets real estate sales employees, brokerage firms, and developers, facilitates advertising campaigns on social platforms.

Established in 2019, LeadsMart is on a mission to transform the real estate sector through AI-assisted lead generation. The platform empowers real estate professionals to swiftly launch advertising campaigns on social networks, thereby streamlining lead generation. With a diverse range of visuals and content customized for each project, users can execute effective campaigns.

LeadsMart distinguishes itself by offering clients real-time campaign statistics, allowing them to monitor costs and modify strategies as needed. Furthermore, the startup provides users with access to a network of real estate professionals, investors, and industry leaders. Since its inception, LeadsMart has developed over 600 projects, generated more than 20,000 leads, and supported over 1,300 sales agents.

In addition to his role at LeadsMart, Nassef is a mentor at the Founder Institute accelerator in Egypt and a partner at Joud Investment, a group of experts specializing in delivering integrated commercial real estate services to investors, buyers, and tenants.

In 2013, Nassef co-founded Fabrica Creative Studio, a startup that offers comprehensive and professional marketing services to industries aiming to attract specific clients and generate more leads. He served as its CTO from 2013 to 2019.

Nassef earned a degree in business administration from Ain Shams University in 2013. Prior to embarking on his entrepreneurial journey, he worked as a system engineer at Unilever Foodsolutions from 2009 to 2010.

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Posted On vendredi, 10 mai 2024 10:18 Written by

He has over 12 years of experience in software development. He has created and developed several technological solutions aimed at supporting the workforce in Africa.

Steve Ndende (photo), a Congolese entrepreneur and computer scientist, is the founder and CEO of Agri Zoom, a platform launched to provide farmers with access to loans and a marketplace for selling their products.

Launched in 2018, Agri Zoom offers a crowdfunding system for farmers, fishers, and processors of agricultural products. Its online marketplace simplifies the sale of crops, allowing farmers to concentrate on production.

In addition to Agri Zoom, Ndende is the founder and CEO of MboteShop, an e-commerce platform that operates in the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, and Cameroon. Launched in 2021, MboteShop is one of Ndende’s many entrepreneurial ventures.

Ndende is also the founder and a web developer at Essengo Solutions, a digital communication and software development agency. Established in 2023, Essengo Solutions supports companies and individuals in their digital transformation.

The entrepreneur has a robust professional background. He earned a degree in software engineering from Ecole africaine de développement in Brazzaville in 2015 and a professional diploma in entrepreneurial studies from the University of Iowa in 2019. Before founding his own companies, he served as the technical director at Eyano until 2022 and co-founded Ndende Lab in 2017, where he worked as a developer until 2022.

In addition to his entrepreneurial activities, Ndende was an active contributor to the Fongwama open-source development community from 2015 to 2018. He also served as a trainer and speaker at JCertif International, a non-profit organization that organizes training and events in IT and communication technology, from 2015 to 2022.

Ndende’s commitment and professional achievements have been recognized on multiple occasions. In 2018, he won first prize in the FAO’s global challenge “My Food My Future.” In 2019, his start-up Agri Zoom was selected as one of the Top 1000 Entrepreneurs by the Tony Elumelu Foundation.

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Posted On vendredi, 10 mai 2024 09:09 Written by

A robotics and artificial intelligence expert, he's made a name for himself by designing drones and AI solutions. Now, he's a major player in both continental and global technological advancements.

William Elong (photo) is a Cameroonian entrepreneur and business leader. As the founder and CEO of Faraday, he applies his expertise and knowledge in artificial intelligence to serve everyone, developing open-source AI and cybersecurity solutions.

Faraday, a startup based in France and Belgium, specializes in AI, fintech, and cybersecurity solutions. Its flagship product, Ares Chat, is a collaborative platform that allows users to share files, communicate with their team, and interact with AI within a secure ecosystem.

Faraday's solution offers a unique ecosystem that includes a browser, a chat model connected to the user's banking services, and a web search feature. Another product from the startup, Ares Creative, enables image generation to stimulate users' creativity.

In addition to Faraday, William Elong has been the founder and CEO of Will & Brothers Consulting since 2014, providing IT innovation and consulting services worldwide. In 2018, he founded Algo Drone Holding, focused on developing drone and AI solutions, where he also serves as CEO.

As a serial entrepreneur, he founded Cameroon Flying Lab in 2018. Affiliated with We Robotics Organization, the Cameroon Flying Lab is an initiative promoting drones, robotics, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) for youth empowerment. 

In 2019, William also established the Developers Institute Center, a training center for young developers in Cameroon. He holds a master's degree in Strategy and Competitive Intelligence from the School of Economic Warfare in France, obtained in 2013. Before embarking on entrepreneurship, he gained experience working in various companies.

He worked for Thales Information Systems as an IT specialist and IT project manager from 2011 to 2012. Between 2013 and 2014, he was a sales engineer at Oracle.

Recognized for his achievements, William Elong was ranked among Forbes Africa's 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs Under 30 in 2016.

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Posted On mercredi, 08 mai 2024 10:35 Written by

Her  goal is to simplify the lives of business leaders in Tanzania. Her dedication has been recognized and celebrated by Forbes Africa.

Tanzanian native Prisca Magori (photo) is the co-founder and CEO of Smart EFD, a startup that empowers businesses and corporations to create tax invoices that adhere to local laws and regulations.

Established in 2022, Smart EFD provides a tech-based solution for generating tax receipts from a variety of devices, including smartphones, laptops, point-of-sale terminals, and desktop computers. These receipts can be verified using QR codes, in line with the regulations of the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA).

Smart EFD is a service offered by the Tanzanian firm, Evas Autotravel Company Ltd. The solution was developed by TenTen Inc Ltd, a company that Prisca Magori co-founded in 2021. TenTen Inc Ltd, where Magori served as CEO until 2022, operates in the tourism industry, providing an innovative platform for booking immersive travel experiences with flexible payment options.

The CEO earned her petroleum engineering degree from the China University of Petroleum in 2018. She also holds a master's degree in project management from the University of Dar es Salaam, which she received in 2022.

She started her professional journey as an intern at Shengli Oilfield Services Co. in 2017. The following year, she joined the Engineers Registration Board Tanzania as a junior engineer. In 2019, she took on the role of coordinator for the Construction Sector Skills Council at the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation.

In April 2024, Prisca Magori was recognized on the Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 list, an honor given to young entrepreneurs under 30 who are making significant contributions to the development of the continent.

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Posted On mercredi, 08 mai 2024 08:32 Written by

A serial entrepreneur, he is the creator of several technological solutions that particularly assist businesses. His goal is to help companies better manage their activities and increase their profits.

Kenyan entrepreneur Stephen Nyumba (photo) is the co-founder and CEO of PokeaPay, a company that offers a comprehensive customer management and payment processing solution. This platform acts as a payment gateway for East Africa, simplifying financial transactions.

Established in 2020, PokeaPay is dedicated to providing customized and innovative solutions to support its clients’ growth. Besides facilitating payments, it assists businesses in enhancing customer interactions and improving the quality of sales. It also equips them with valuable data for making more informed strategic decisions.

PokeaPay supports its clients throughout every stage, from customer acquisition to payment completion, including conversion and sales. It accepts a variety of payment methods, including VISA, MasterCard, M-Pesa, Airtel Money, and Pokea Wallet.

Stephen Nyumba’s contributions extend beyond PokeaPay.  The tech entrepreneur has a wealth of experience in technology. In 2004, he co-founded Intrepid Data Systems, a company that specializes in productivity solutions for businesses. He also established the Local Development Research Institute in 2015, an action-oriented think tank aimed at eradicating poverty, hunger, and inequality in Africa.

In 2010, he co-founded iPay Limited, a startup that offers real-time payment processing and billing services, licensed by the Central Bank of Kenya.

Stephen Nyumba earned his Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in 2007. He embarked on his professional career in 2002 as an IT Administrator at Centurion Systems, a center for training and technology transfer.

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Posted On mercredi, 08 mai 2024 08:29 Written by
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