Africa has been home to many innovative ideas and technologies. It is often deemed that a lack of financial resource is a major impediment on Africa’s development, however much credit is due the entrepreneurs who have risen through the ashes to set themselves apart and put Africa on the global front once again.
Below is a review of 5 of the most exciting and young entrepreneurs in Africa:
MR. ALEX ADJEI BRAM, Ghana
Mr. Alex Adjei Bram, a Chemistry graduate from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) is the co-founder and General Manager of HUBTEL. Established in 2005 as SMSGH, the company provides internet and Value Added Services (VAT) to organizations. Some of HUBTEL’s products include myTxtBox, JumpFon and mPower Payment platform. Having expanded its operations into Kenya, Cameroon and Nigeria, with the objective to soon become a force in the sub-region, things are only expected to get better.
Mr & Mrs Benson Mengi, Tanzania
Benson Mengi and Esther Lugoe-Mengi aged 29 and 26 respectively, are one of Africa’s power entrepreneur couple. The Mengis have co-founded Serensic Africa, one of Tanzania’s leading cyber security and software development companies. Serensic Africa offer products such as business process management, system integration and SaaS-architecture solutions, Bulk SMS management, custom application development, CMS development and customization services to organizations such as Coca Cola, Molocaho by Amorette and the United Nations.
Mr. Issam Darui, Morocco
Issam Darui is the founder of Lagare.ma, Morocco’s first electronic bus terminal service, which allows patrons of the country’s growing number of buses to book tickets online, instead of being in long queues. Lagare.ma is available to local residents as well as the increased tourists touring the cities frequently. The application is available in 10 languages and payments available in 25 currencies. Lagare.ma has a 3-member staff and over 25,000 active users.
George Mtemahanji, Tanzania
George Mtemahanji is the 23 year old founder of SunSweet Solar. The solar power company based in Tanzania was launched in 2015 to design and install Solar Off-Grid Systems, Solar Mini and Micro Grid Systems. SunSweet Solar is the largest photo-voltaic plant in Kilombero and can power over 200 lights, dozens of computers and fans, a kiosk, a recreation room, with the capability to store energy for 3 days’ use.
Mr. Jean Bosco Nzeyimana, Rwanda
Mr. Jean Bosco Nzeyimana is the 23 year old founder of Habona Ltd, a company based in Rwanda that produces affordable and environmentally friendly fuels in form of biomass briquettes and biogas from waste. As a social entrepreneur with 30 permanent employees, he has demonstrated a strong commitment to building entrepreneurial leaders and promoting biodiversity conservation and ecotourism in Rwanda. At the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, Jean Bosco appeared on a panel with President Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg.