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Olumide Balogun

Olumide Balogun

Olumide is a Nigerian tech leader passionate about using technology’s transformative power to make a lasting impact.

He is currently serving as Google’s new director for West Africa. Before his appointment to the role, Olumide served as the company’s head of consumer apps for Sub-Saharan Africa. The Computer Science graduate from the Obafemi Awolowo University previously worked with global tech companies, including Microsoft and Nokia.

In his current role, Olumide oversees Google’s business in West Africa, including training young people in digital skills.

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Seeds of Innovation: Celebrating 30 Tech Leaders Reshaping Africa’s Agriculture Through Technology

Seeds of Innovation: Celebrating 30 Tech Leaders Reshaping Africa's Agriculture Through Technology

Agriculture is the backbone of the African economy, accounting for about 15% of GDP and employing about 60% of the workforce.

 


However, the sector faces several challenges, including low productivity, climate change, and rural poverty.


Aside from government policies, technology plays a transformative role in reshaping agriculture in Africa, offering innovative solutions to longstanding challenges and creating new opportunities for sustainable growth.


From precision farming to mobile and digital solutions, these technological innovations are spearheaded by tech leaders passionate about the continent’s agricultural ecosystem.


With innovation as their guiding star, these individuals are cultivating a transformation that will not only feed nations but also cultivate hope, opportunity, and lasting change across the continent.

Empower Africa shines a spotlight on 30 who are reshaping the future of agriculture in Africa through technology.


These personalities are the embodiment of progress, utilizing technology to transform traditional farming practices into dynamic, efficient, and sustainable endeavors.


Their efforts transcend mere innovation; they represent a movement that propels communities forward and nurtures a continent’s potential.

Let’s dive in:

  1. Jehiel Oliver – CEO of Hello Tractor
  2. Lucy Wangari – Founder, Onion Doctor
  3. Taita Ngetich – Founder & CEO of Synnefa
  4. Nana Opoku – CEO of Grow For Me
  5. Dickson Kahuro – Founder of OxFarmAg
  6. Thomas Njeru – CEO and Co-Founder at Pula
  7. Hazem Salaheldin Eltawab – CEO and Founder at ReNile
  8. Benoit De Vigne – Co-Founder of Terraa
  9. Nabil Ayoub – Head of Product @Agridata
  10. Moulay-Rachid Cherkaoui – Entrepreneur in FoodTech
  11. Alloysius Attah – Co-Founder & CEO Farmerline
  12. Aisha Raheem-Bolarinwa – Founder at Farmz2U
  13. Russel Luck – CEO swiftVEE
  14. Elisha Caleb – CEO and Founder at Agrotech Plus
  15. Francis A. Obirikorang – CEO and Co-Founder of AgroCenta Technologies
  16. Stefano Carcoforo – Co-Founder of iProcure
  17. Ikenna Nzewi – CEO @ Releaf
  18. Uka Eje – CEO, ThriveAgric
  19. Uzoma Bailey Ayogu – CTO at Releaf
  20. Eli Pollak – Founder of Apollo Agriculture
  21. Raphael (Kofi) Afaedor – Co-Founder & CEO @ Kyosk Digital Services
  22. Aboubakar Karim – CEO of Investiv Group
  23. Judy Njogu-Mokaya – Founder, VunaPay
  24. Femi Adekoya – Founder at Integrated Aerial Precision
  25. Susan Njihia – Board Member, Digital Agriculture Association
  26. Abdiwak Bekele – Co-founder and CTO of Omishtu-Joy Agtech Eng
  27. Olivia Aseitu Kipo – Founder of Kobaa farms
  28. Larbi Alaoui Belrhiti – Founder & co-CEO @ YoLa Fresh
  29. Deborah Ogunyemi – AgriTech Enthusiast
  30. Betty Mbithi – Co-Founder, Vunatec

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Moroccan Healthtech Firm Sobrus Expands to France to Deliver Healthcare Solutions on Global Scale

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Moroccan Healthtech Firm Sobrus Expands to France to Deliver Healthcare Solutions on Global Scale

Moroccan health-tech firm Sobrus has announced a significant expansion into the French market after achieving a remarkable milestone of surpassing $500 million in transaction volumes.
 

The company’s strategic move to enter France reflects its growing presence and commitment to delivering innovative healthcare solutions on a global scale.

Founded to revolutionize the healthcare industry through technology, Sobrus has rapidly emerged as a frontrunner in the digital health landscape.

The company’s platform offers a range of services that streamline healthcare access.

Sobrus’ recent achievement of crossing $500 million in transaction volumes underscores its successful integration of technology to improve healthcare experiences.

The expansion into the French market marks a significant step forward for Sobrus.

By leveraging its expertise and proven track record in Morocco, the company aims to replicate its success in France and contribute to enhancing healthcare services in the country.

Sobrus’ expansion is expected to introduce a range of benefits to the French healthcare landscape.

The company’s success story has been primarily rooted in its pioneering platform, “Sobrus Pharma,” which has become the backbone of over 5,000 pharmacies in Morocco.

This innovative platform seamlessly connects pharmacies, distributors, wholesalers, and pharmaceutical laboratories, streamlining the flow of medicines and healthcare products.

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Egyptian Incubator Flat6Labs Launches Accelerator Programme For Construction-Tech Startups

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Egyptian Incubator Flat6Labs Launches Accelerator Programme For Construction-Tech Startups

Flat6Labs, Egypt’s premier startup accelerator and seed investor, has announced the launch of an accelerator programme exclusively tailored for construction technology startups.
 

The initiative aims to fuel the growth of startups in this niche sector, enhancing their ability to transform the construction industry through technology-driven solutions.

The accelerator programme, named the “Construction-Tech Innovation Accelerator,” is set to provide a unique platform for aspiring entrepreneurs in Egypt’s thriving startup ecosystem.

With construction being a critical sector in the country’s economy, the programme holds the potential to revolutionize traditional processes and bring forth disruptive advancements.

Startups selected for the accelerator will undergo an intensive mentoring and support program, gaining access to Flat6Labs’ extensive network of industry experts, seasoned mentors, and potential investors.

Additionally, the selected startups will receive seed funding to help kickstart their projects and translate their ideas into tangible products or services.

The programme is designed to cater to a wide range of construction-tech innovations, including but not limited to building information modeling (BIM), sustainable construction practices, smart cities solutions, modular construction, and real-time project management platforms.

Flat6Labs’ launch of the Construction-Tech Innovation Accelerator marks a significant step in fostering technological innovation within Egypt’s construction industry.

By providing startups with the resources, mentorship, and funding needed to propel their ideas forward, this accelerator programme has the potential to reshape how construction is approached and executed in the country.

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Mawuse Christina Gyisun

Mawuse Christina Gyisun

Mawuse Christina Gyisun is a Ghanaian award-winning social entrepreneur passionate about permanently breaking the poverty cycle in rural communities.

She is the co-founder of Sommalife, an agritech social enterprise that empowers smallholder women farmers in West Africa. Sommalife provides support services for local producers to increase their business income and contribute to environmental conservation sustainably.

Mawuse has over ten years of experience in the development sector, focusing on women’s empowerment and agritech.
She is a passionate advocate for gender equality and believes that empowering women farmers is essential to achieving food security and sustainable development.

Under Mawuse’s leadership, Sommalife has reached thousands of women farmers in northern Ghana.
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Nigerian fintech Moniepoint acquires Kenyan startup Kopo Kopo

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Nigerian fintech Moniepoint acquires Kenyan startup Kopo Kopo

Moniepoint Inc., a Nigerian fintech company, has received regulatory approval to acquire Kopo Kopo, a Kenyan credit startup. The transaction value has not been disclosed.
 

The Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK) granted the approval on August 22, 2023, after a review of the proposed acquisition.

The CAK said the acquisition was unlikely to negatively impact competition in the digital credit market.

Moniepoint is a payments and lending platform that provides businesses and individuals access to financial services.

Kopo Kopo, meanwhile, is a credit scoring and lending platform that uses data from mobile phones to assess the creditworthiness of borrowers.

The acquisition of Kopo Kopo will allow Moniepoint to expand its operations into Kenya and other East African countries.

The acquisition is also a sign of the growing maturity of the African fintech market.

The acquisition is expected to close in the coming weeks.

In addition to the above, here are some other details about the acquisition:

– Moniepoint is backed by investors such as Tiger Global Management, Sequoia Capital, and Accel Partners.


– Kopo Kopo is backed by investors such as Partech Africa, 500 Startups, and Founders Factory Africa.


– The acquisition will help Moniepoint expand its reach in Kenya and other East African countries.


– The acquisition is also expected to help Moniepoint develop new financial products and services.

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Izesan!: The Nigerian ed-tech startup shaping the future of African languages

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Izesan!: The Nigerian ed-tech startup shaping the future of African languages

Amid the dynamic realm of educational technology, the Nigerian startup Izesan stands as a shining beacon of innovation, sparking a revolution in language learning across Africa.

Guided by a profound mission to safeguard and elevate African languages, Izesan has embarked on a transformative journey that seamlessly blends technology and culture to forge a significant imprint.

Who is Izesan?

Izesan is a dynamic Nigerian ed-tech startup at the crossroads of technology and language preservation.

Born out of a passion for celebrating Africa’s linguistic diversity, the company has swiftly risen to prominence by offering a unique solution to language learning.

What Do They Do?

At its core, Izesan is a language-learning app tailored to the rich tapestry of African languages.

Their platform is designed to make language learning engaging, accessible, and culturally relevant.

By combining interactive lessons, quizzes, and immersive experiences, Izesan provides an innovative way for individuals to learn and appreciate their native languages and other languages from across the continent.

Mission and Vision

Izesan’s mission is to empower Africans with the tools to connect with their heritage, culture, and each other through language.

They envision a future where African languages are preserved and celebrated as a unifying force across diverse communities.

Izesan is committed to breaking down language barriers and fostering a sense of belonging by promoting linguistic diversity.

Shaping the Future of African Languages

Izesan’s impact extends beyond language learning; it’s a movement reimagining the future of African languages.

By blending technology, culture, and education, Izesan is sowing the seeds for a generation that values and embraces its linguistic heritage.

In a world where preserving languages is crucial for cultural diversity and identity, Izesan is a beacon of hope.

Their commitment to celebrating Africa’s linguistic richness through technology demonstrates the power of edtech to connect communities, inspire cultural pride, and foster a sense of unity.

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Aboubakar Karim

Aboubakar Karim

Aboubacar Karim is an Ivorian agricultural consultant and entrepreneur.

He is the Co-Founder and CEO of Investiv, an agricultural consulting firm that uses drones for farming. As a co-founder of this pioneering agribusiness venture, he recognized the immense potential of harnessing technology and innovation to revolutionize the agricultural landscape. Investiv’s mission extends beyond business – it’s about creating lasting impact.

With a focus on agri-tech, Investiv empowers local communities, strengthens supply chains, and contributes to the economic growth of not just one nation, but an entire continent.
Karim’s contributions haven’t gone unnoticed. He’s been hailed as one of the great hopes of the African continent.

His visionary approach to agribusiness and dedication to sustainable growth have earned him a well-deserved place among Africa’s young entrepreneurs who are steering the region toward a brighter future.
His recognition as a finalist in the Africa Business Heroes competition also underscores the significance of his work. Karim’s story resonates far beyond the confines of entrepreneurship. It’s a story of possibility, resilience, and the power of belief.

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Kenyan fintech Zanifu raises $11.2 million to scale its inventory financing offering

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Kenyan fintech Zanifu raises $11.2 million to scale its inventory financing offering

Zanifu, a Kenyan fintech company that provides inventory financing to micro, small, and medium-sized businesses (MSMEs), has raised $11.2 million in debt-equity funding in a pre-Series A round.
 

The funding round was led by Beyond Capital Ventures and Variant Investments.

The round also saw participation from other investors, including Founders Factory Africa, AAIC Investment, Google Black Founders Fund, and existing investor Launch Africa.

This brings the total debt-equity funding raised by the startup to $12.7 million.

Zanifu’s inventory financing product provides MSMEs with access to working capital to purchase inventory.

The company uses a proprietary credit scoring model to assess the risk of each borrower and offers loans with terms of up to 12 months.

The new funding will be used to scale Zanifu’s operations in Kenya and to launch new products and services.

The company also plans to use the funding to hire more staff and build its technology platform.

Zanifu is on a mission to provide affordable and accessible inventory financing to MSMEs in Kenya.

The startup’s inventory financing product has already helped over 1,000 MSMEs in Kenya to grow their businesses.

Zanifu’s latest investment is a positive development for the fintech sector in Kenya and will help to promote financial inclusion and to support the growth of MSMEs.

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