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Dr. Alistair Mokoena

African Changemaker

Dr. Alistair Mokoena

Alistair Mokoena is a respected leader in the advertising and marketing industry who is passionate about using technology to solve social and economic challenges.

Mokoena is currently serving as Google’s Country Director for South Africa. In this role, Mokoena is responsible for leading the company’s business operations in South Africa.

He is also focused on driving the country’s digital transformation and economic growth.

 

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Mustafa Abd Ellatif

African Changemaker

Mustafa Abd Ellatif

Mustafa Abd Ellatif is an Egyptian entrepreneur passionate about empowering the youth with the needed skills for the labour market.

He is the Co-Founder and CEO of EYouth, an Egyptian ed-tech startup that provides online interactive educational programs for individuals aged between 18 and 35.

Founded in 2016 and taken online in 2018, EYouth designs and builds its online training courses aimed at helping young people develop their careers and ensure they have the required skills for the labour market.


It offers more than 45 courses in marketing management, human resources management, sales and social media, online or via mobile app, with courses chosen and designed based on market research.

Mustafa is also the chairperson of Youth Entrepreneurs Network (YEN), a USAID-backed initiative supporting the youth in their entrepreneurial journey.

 

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Seynabou Dieng

African Changemaker

Seynabou Dieng

Seynabou Dieng is a remarkable social entrepreneur who has dedicated her efforts to positively impacting agricultural value chains.

With a passion for empowering farmers and transforming the agricultural sector, Dieng has emerged as a leading figure in sustainable development and innovation.

Through her initiatives, she aims to uplift rural communities, promote food security, and create a more inclusive and resilient agricultural ecosystem.

Dieng’s journey as a social entrepreneur began with a clear vision: to address farmers’ pressing issues in accessing markets, resources, and technology.

She founded MAYA, a food processing business in Mali, integrating local producers into its value chain.
Through this venture, she has spearheaded numerous projects to empower farmers and strengthen their position within the value chain.

Seynabou is also a Private Sector Advisor at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

 

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Delphine Traoré 

Delphine is a prominent figure in the finance and insurance industry and has played a significant role in the African business landscape.

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Acha Leke

Acha Leke is a Cameroonian businessman and consultant currently serving as the Chairman of Africa for McKinsey & Company, a global management consulting firm.

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Wale Ayeni

African Changemaker

Wale Ayeni

Wale Ayeni is a champion of Africa’s startup ecosystem and an advocate for venture capital and investment on the continent.

Through his strategic vision, industry expertise, and commitment to collaboration, Ayeni has left an indelible mark on the investment landscape, empowering entrepreneurs, and driving economic growth across the continent.

He currently leads investments in early-growth tech companies in frontier markets with Helios Digital Ventures.

 

Helios Digital Ventures is on a mission to support founders at the early-growth stage to build long-lasting businesses using technology to rethink and deliver impact.

Prior to that, Wale led IFC’s venture capital deals in frontier markets across Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia.

 

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Nneile Nkholise

Nneile is a South African mechanical engineer and social entrepreneur with a vision to transform Africa through technology.

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Makole Mupita

Makole is an accomplished executive and fund manager making remarkable strides in South Africa’s energy industry.

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Juliana Rotich

African Changemaker

Juliana Rotich

Juliana is a Kenyan technologist, social entrepreneur, and influential figure in technology and innovation.

She is best known as a co-founder of Ushahidi, a non-profit tech company developing open-source crowdsourcing and data collection software. Her work has focused on utilizing technology to address societal challenges and empower communities, particularly in Africa.

Born in Kenya, Juliana grew up passionate about technology and its potential to drive positive change.
Beyond her involvement with Ushahidi, Rotich has actively promoted technology and innovation in Africa.

She has served on various advisory boards and organizations, including the World Bank’s Global Agenda Council on Data-Driven Development and the Kenya Vision 2030 Delivery Board.
She has also been a vocal advocate for gender equality in the tech industry, encouraging more women to pursue careers in STEM fields.

In recognition of her contributions, Rotich has received numerous accolades and honours throughout her career.
Her work has inspired and influenced countless individuals and organizations to harness technology for positive social impact, making her a respected and celebrated figure in Africa’s tech and innovation community and globally.

Juliana is currently serving as the Head of Department, Fintech Solutions at Safaricom PLC (M-PESA).

 

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Dare Okoudjou

Born and raised in Benin, Dare is passionate about making life better for Africa and Africans through technology.

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Polo Leteka

Polo is a highly accomplished and experienced entrepreneur and private equity investor on a mission to bridge the gender financing gap in Africa.

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Changing the Game: What Can Africa Learn From This Startup Disrupting Healthcare Access In Nigeria?

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Changing the Game: What Can Africa Learn From This Startup Disrupting Healthcare Access In Nigeria?

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In this week’s edition of the startup spotlight, we feature Nigerian health-tech startup Wella Health.

With a mission to make quality healthcare accessible to all Nigerians, Wella Health is harnessing the power of technology to bridge the gap between patients and essential medical services. Founded in 2014, Wella Health is a Nigerian-based startup driven by a vision to revolutionize healthcare delivery. 

 

Under the leadership of Ikpeme Neto, they have set out on a mission to leverage technology and innovation to ensure that no Nigerian is left behind when it comes to accessing vital medical care. Wella Health created a user-friendly and accessible digital platforms that connect individuals with healthcare providers, making the process seamless and convenient.

 

Their flagship product, the Wella Health app, serves as a one-stop solution for Nigerians to find trusted doctors, book appointments, and receive personalized healthcare recommendations – all at their fingertips. By leveraging technology and human capital, they are breaking down barriers that hinder healthcare accessibility and ensuring that Nigerians can receive the care they need, regardless of their location or financial situation.

 

Wella Health has successfully connected thousands of patients with reputable healthcare providers, improving access to critical services such as primary care, mental health, and women’s health. Through their innovative platform, they are reducing waiting times, improving patient-doctor communication, and enhancing overall healthcare experiences for all.

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CSIR secures $4m million in funding from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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CSIR secures $4 million in funding from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has secured a $4 million investment from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to drive skills and health innovation.

The investment will accelerate the CSIR’s groundbreaking research and development efforts in healthcare, opening new avenues for advancements and solutions that address critical health challenges across the continent. The investment marks a significant milestone in the CSIR’s mission to promote scientific excellence and foster innovation for the betterment of African communities.

 

With the funding, the CSIR will boost the development of innovative healthcare solutions that are accessible, affordable, and tailored to meet the specific needs of the African population. The CSIR has a proven track record of delivering impactful healthcare innovations, from diagnostics and therapeutics to medical devices and digital health solutions.

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Helium Health raises $30 million in Series B funding to drive healthcare innovation in Africa

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Helium Health raises $30 million in Series B funding to drive healthcare innovation in Africa

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Nigerian healthtech startup Helium Health has raised $30 million in its recent Series B funding round.

The funding round saw participation from Capria Ventures, Angaza Capital , and Flatworld Partners, with existing investors like Global Ventures, Tencent, Ohara Pharmaceuticals, LCY Group, WTI, and AAIC | Asia Africa Investment & Consulting also taking part. Helium Health has been at the forefront of leveraging technology to drive healthcare innovation across Africa.

 

Founded in 2014, the company provides an integrated electronic medical records (EMR) and hospital management information system (HMIS) platform, empowering healthcare providers to streamline operations, enhance patient care, and drive overall efficiency. With the successful completion of its Series B funding round, Helium Health is now primed to advance its mission of revolutionizing healthcare financing solutions on the African continent

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Kena Health raises $2 million to improve access to quality healthcare services

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Kena Health raises $2 million to improve access to quality healthcare service

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South African health-tech startup, Kena Health, has raised $2 million in seed funding.

The startup secured the seed extension funding from NEXT176, a subsidiary of Old Mutual, and Tofino Capital, a US-based market investor. Launched in 2022, Kena Health aims to revolutionize the healthcare industry by leveraging technology to improve access to quality healthcare services.

 

The startup provides a comprehensive telehealth platform that connects patients with licensed healthcare professionals via a smartphone, allowing for remote medical advice, diagnoses, and prescriptions. The platform also incorporates digital health tools and features, such as electronic health records and remote monitoring, to enhance patient care and improve health outcomes.

 

The $2 million funding injection will enable Kena Health to accelerate its expansion plans, further develop its technology infrastructure, and strengthen its team of healthcare professionals and technical experts. The startup intends to utilize the funds to enhance the platform’s capabilities, extend its reach to underserved communities, and invest in research and development to innovate and refine its solutions continuously.

 

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