African Changemaker

Addis Alemayehou

Addis is the founder and chairman of Kazana Group, a holding company with a mission to promote economic prosperity in Africa by supporting companies making impactful changes and solving critical problems in the lives of communities around them.

Kazana, a Swahili name for ‘striving hard,’ has investments in more than a dozen early-stage companies across Africa. Addis believes in empowering African entrepreneurs and is one of the biggest cheerleaders for Ethiopia’s nascent tech ecosystem.

His passion for tech saw him Co-found Dodai, an Africa-focused technology company with a vision to make life in Africa hassle-free by localizing technologies.

Addis honed his entrepreneurial spirit in Canada before he moved back to Africa to help drive inclusive growth and development.


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Eleven African nations are set to receive a share of a $16.2 million project aimed at establishing National Broadband Mapping Systems.
Six African tech startups have been chosen as finalists for the “Meet the Tôshikas” program, a joint initiative by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).
Innovate Africa, a newly established angel investment fund, has begun operations with an initial commitment of $2.5 million.

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