Entrepreneurs & Startups

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Driving a Local Food Revolution

One Woman’s Inspiring Entrepreneurial Journey There is truly power in humble beginnings. Upon being convinced that she wanted to start and own her own business, Sylvia Banda, one of Zambia’s most celebrated entrepreneurs took a leap of faith. She took some food from her home, a two plate cooker, and from a small room in…

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Christina: Shaping African Tech Talent

Christina Sass’s  Bold Plan to Develop World Class African Tech Talent Africa has a huge youth unemployment problem. Hordes of young talented young people, many of them college educated, lack employment in countries such as Nigeria-the continent’s most populous nation. And this same cadre of young people when rightly equipped could supply the world with…

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Yasmine: Reinventing Bridal Design

Egypt’s Yasmine Yeya has risen to acclaim on Cairo’s couture scene. The French Egyptian’s work has caused a sensation in Cairo’s design circles and positioned her as one of Egypt’s leading Bridal designers. Yasmine first came into the design spotlight when she appeared in a design contest for young Middle Eastern designers. Prior to the…

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A Global Leader In Finance

Ethiopian born Mimi Alemayehou is a global leader in finance. In her work, she continues to lead initiatives which are driving African development and growth. Mimi has worked as Managing Director at Black Rhino and Chair of Blackstone Africa Infrastructure LP. The Blackstone group is one of the world’s largest private equity groups and is currently expanding its investment portfolio…

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Juliana Rotich: A Tech Visionary

By Drive Africa Writer One of the leading voices in Africa’s technology ecosystem is Kenyan born Julian Rotich. Juliana is a technologist, advisor, and entrepreneur. She co-developed the crowd mapping software, Ushahidi,  which was used for crisis reporting and  monitoring in the wake of the post election violence in Kenya in 2007. The successful platform has gone on to be used…

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Revolutionsing Emergency Health Care

How a Young Doctor Set Up West Africa’s First Air Ambulance Service By Drive Africa Writer British Born Ola Olekunrin’s story is an inspiring tale of passion, innovation, tragedy, and excellence. Ola was born in London and grew up with foster parents in Lowestoft-a small town in England. An academically gifted and hardworking student, she…

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