Young Founders Autumn 2018

Arev Hayrapetyan / Armenia

Arev Hayrapetyan / Armenia

Arev Hayrapetyan is Co-Founder and COO of VoxEra based in Cairo, Egypt. Founded in 2016, VoxEra solves the problem of high voice roaming fees by developing a hardware which converts GSM calls to VOIP. Thus, allowing people to use their phone number worldwide with ZERO roaming fees. They are working together with GigSky, a mobile technology company from California. VoxEra has been part of AUC v-lab and EBNI incubator, won the prize as best startup of Egypt 2017 and RiseUp Egypt 2017.

https://voxera.net/

Ashley King-Bischof / Kenya

Ashley King-Bischof / Kenya

Ashley King-Bischof is the Co-Founder and CEO of Annona, a social enterprise based in Nairobi, Kenya. Annona is a mobile and web-based platform that exporters use to manage their farmers, importers use to organize their supply chains, and farmers use to keep records and obtain services for their farm. The Annona platform is the first of its kind to digitize the relationships and interactions between importers, exporters, aggregators and farmers, connecting all stakeholder of the global food chain. With its mission to improve global supply chains for the benefit of small-scale producers, Annona is an award-winning company in both Africa and the US and a participant in Halcyon Incubator and VilCap Fintech Africa 2018.

https://annona.co/

Benedikt Kramer / Germany/Uganda

Benedikt Kramer / Germany/Uganda

Benedikt Kramer is Co-Founder and CEO of awamo GmbH based in Frankfurt and Kampala. awamo was founded in 2015 and provides microfinance institutions (MFI) in Uganda with an affordable cloud-software to digitize their business operations. The software enables MFIs to capture bottom-of-pyramid borrower data (using fingerprints for authentication), monitor their operations in real-time, and generate credit reports – all of which dramatically decrease interest rates, fuel local economies and increase financial inclusion. Ben made Forbes’ 30 under 30 list for Social Entrepreneurs and was named Innovator under 35 by MIT Technology Review.

https://awamo.com/

Cherrie De Erit Atilano / Philippines

Cherrie De Erit Atilano / Philippines

Cherrie De Erit Atilano is the Founder and CEO of AGREA, a leading inclusive agribusiness in the Philippines, founded 2014. It aims to develop the first replicable “One-island Economy” model in the Philippines by creating a sustainable circular economy utilising the island's agricultural re-sources. It was awarded the Global Responsible Business Award 2017 for Agriculture Excellence by the Asia Pacific CSR Council and UN Global Compact and the Inaugural ASEAN Social Impact Award 2018. She was recognised as ASEAN's Next Generation Emerging Leaders 2016, an Inspiring Filipina Entrepreneur 2017 and first Social Entrepreneur Awardee of the Women of the Future Awards in Southeast Asia.

http://www.agreaph.com/

Eunice Wagithi Maina / Kenya

Eunice Wagithi Maina / Kenya

Eunice Maina is the Founder and CEO of Bismart Insurance Ltd based in Nairobi, Kenya. Bismart Insurance was founded in 2017 and is leveraging technology to increase the adoption of insurance products by the tech savvy Millennials. By implementing technologically assisted smart contracts, they increase transparency and efficiency in claims processing and thereby address the primary barriers to insurance and financial services adoption. The company is also implementing a mobile money-based savings plan to help millennials develop saving habits. Bismart was part of @Ibiz Africa Incubation program.

https://bismart.co.ke/

Gerardo Sordo / Mexico

Gerardo Sordo / Mexico

Gerardo Sordo is the Founder and CEO of BrandMe, a sponsorship marketplace that connects brands with more than 85,000 content creators such as celebrities, bloggers and influencers. They created an algorithm called “crowdmarketing”, a technology and tool that facilitates the creation and distribution of sponsored content online. BrandMe has been mentioned in over 200 press releases such as Bloomberg, MIT Review, eMarketer, CNN and also Forbes called BrandMe one of the 30 business promises. They received seed funding from Wayra in 2014.

https://brandme.la/

Hla Hla Win / Myanmar

Hla Hla Win / Myanmar

Hla Hla Win is Founder and CEO of 360ed EdTech venture based in Yangon, Myanmar. 360ed was founded in 2016 and is working to enable teachers and students from even the most challenged communities to be fully immersed in the world’s best practice learning experience today by leveraging VR and AR technologies. 360ed has been recognized by UNESCO and received Netexplo Innovation Award for innovation in digital technologies in February 2018 at UNESCO headquarter in Paris. 360ed was supported by the Netherlands based Rockstart Accelerator and the UK based Spring Accelerator programs. 360ed got featured in major local news and magazines as well as in international news outlets.

https://www.360ed.org/

Honey Mya Win / Myanmar

Honey Mya Win / Myanmar

Honey Mya Win is Co-Founder and CEO of Technoholic based in Yangon, Myanmar. Technoholic was founded in 2016 and launched a marketplace called Chate Sat, “connect” in Burmese, to empower local freelancers to work part-time and freelance projects. Chate Sat is Myanmar's leading freelance platform with the largest number of freelancers in a variety of industries and connects them with startups, SMEs and organizations. Chate Sat has been part of Phandeeyar accelerator program and has won Best Newcomer of Myanmar Rice Bowl Awards, and is backed by International VCs along with local investors. Honey is an active freelance community supporter and been mentioned as Forbes under 30 listmaker in 2018.

https://www.chatesat.com/

Jatin Malwal / India

Jatin Malwal / India

Jatin Malwal is Co-Founder and CTO of Lendbox based in New Delhi, India. Lendbox was founded in 2015 and connects creditworthy borrowers which are not served by the conventional financial system with potential investors who are looking to invest, thus promoting financial inclusion in the country. The Lendbox founders have been part of Forbes 30 Under 30 in Finance and Venture Capital. Lendbox has won NASSCOM Emerge 50 2016 and been part of top 10 companies chosen to present at the IBM SmartCamp for Fintech. Lendbox is a founding member of Global Fintech Association. Lendbox has 150,000++ registered users and more than $6Mn worth consumer loans already disbursed through the platform.

https://www.lendbox.in/

Kelvin Nyame / Ghana

Kelvin Nyame / Ghana

Kelvin Nyame is Co-founder and CEO of meqasa.com based in Accra, Ghana. Meqasa.com was founded in 2013 and is currently Ghana's number one property website with over 24K property listings. Meqasa.com helps property seekers find residential and commercial property to rent or buy in Ghana. Together with his co-founders Kelvin participated in the MEST incubator and received a seed funding for meqasa.com. In 2016 they were named one of the 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs in Africa by Forbes magazine. Frontier Digital Ventures from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia also invested in meqasa.com.

https://meqasa.com/

Khulan Davaadorj / Mongolia

Khulan Davaadorj / Mongolia

Khulan Davaadorj is the Founder and chief technologist of Natural Essentials LLC, which created LHAMOUR - Mongolia’s first organic skincare production based in Ulaanbaatar. LHAMOUR was established in 2014 from the kitchen with the dream to create a global brand that produces healthy and high quality lifestyle and skin care products made in Mongolia for people around the world with dry skin and various skin conditions and by doing so sharing the philosophy of loving yourself, loving others and loving the environment through an environmentally friendly and socially responsible approach. LHAMOUR’s vision is to be a changemaker - to create a more sustainable future for the next generation.

https://lhamourhk.com/

Maria Alexandra Roper Bernal / Panama

Maria Alexandra Roper Bernal / Panama

Maria Alexandra is the Co-Founder of Mi Maid Xpress. Founded in 2016 and based in Panama, Mi Maid Xpress provides on-demand home and office cleaning services through its platform. The company aims to empower and provide low-income women with job opportunities. Maria Alexandra has previously won the WE Americas Fellowship and the Young Leaders of the Americas (YLAI) Fellowship. Moreover, Mi Maid Xpress has raised seed funding from the National Secretariat of Science, Technology and Innovation of Panama, and is also an investee of the We Empower Cities, a program sponsored by the World Bank.

http://mimaidxpress.com/public/

Moe Htet Kyaw / Myanmar

Moe Htet Kyaw / Myanmar

Moe Htet Kyaw is Co-Founder and CEO of Shwe Bite based in Yangon, Myanmar. “Shwe Bite” in English meaning “Golden Bite” was founded in 2017. It is a tech-platform (marketplace) that delivers hygienic home-cooked food to busy office workers prepared by job seeking homestay moms. Shwe Bite has won the Start Tel Aviv, 2017 award and also won the best pitch of Accelerator Demo Day. It was ranked as TOP 100 startup in Asia Pacific Region selected by e27, Singapore and also Top 100 social venture startups selected by National University of Singapore.

https://www.shwebite.com/

Nicolás Fuenzalida / Chile

Nicolás Fuenzalida / Chile

Nicolás Fuenzalida is Co-Founder and CPO of Poliglota, a language startup based in Santiago, Chile. Poliglota was founded in 2012 and aims at changing the way people learn languages. It gathers people in small social groups in coffee places instead of classrooms, led by expert teachers and using a social methodology. It is based on a program of innovative and social activities, focusing on social skills that create a faster and more effective learning progress. Poliglota won the Avonni award for Innovation, was selected by the IDB as one of the disruptive educational innovations in Latin America and is selling over USD $1 M in language plans, while they keep expanding their model.

https://www.poliglota.org/cl/

Odunayo Eweniyi / Nigeria

Odunayo Eweniyi / Nigeria

Odunayo Eweniyi is the Co-Founder and COO of Piggybank.ng based in Lagos, Nigeria. Piggybank.ng was founded in 2016 and helps Africans put aside small amounts of money automatically until they reach a savings target. Piggybank exists because 80 % of Africans need to save at least 40 % of their monthly income to survive. And because the banking system as it is, is heavily transactional, saving is difficult. Piggybank has won many awards and participated in several accelerator programs such as the Blackbox Connect, Village Capital Fintech Accelerator and Google Launchpad Accelerator. They are backed both by Nigerian and international investors.

https://piggybank.ng/

Olubusayo Longe / Nigeria

Olubusayo Longe / Nigeria

Olubusayo Longe is Co-Founder and CEO of Formplus based in Lagos, Nigeria. Formplus was founded in 2014 and helps businesses gather data from their online & offline customers. Formplus is able to perform real-time analysis on this data to help businesses make data-driven decisions while providing the flexibility to store all of their data at their preferred endpoint. Formplus has processed over 11 million user responses and recently launched its conversational SMS option at the TechCrunch Battlefield Africa. Formplus is supported by the University of Leeds, taking part in the Spark Business Accelerator in 2017.

https://www.formpl.us/

Oluwaseun Imole Oluyemi / Nigeria

Oluwaseun Imole Oluyemi / Nigeria

Oluwaseun Imole Oluyemi is Co-Founder and COO of PASS.NG based in Lagos, Nigeria. PASS.NG, founded in late 2014, is a web and mobile-based exam preparatory platform that helps candidates practice and prepare for examinations by way of suggestive coaching and adaptive testing. PASS.NG has won a number of awards since inception, been featured in publications in Africa and beyond. PASS.NG also partnered with facebook, Wechat, Airtel and MTN at different points in time.

https://pass.ng/

Oscar Morales / Mexico

Oscar Morales / Mexico

Oscar Morales is Founder and CEO of Pollstr, based in Mexico City, Mexico. Pollstr was founded in 2016 and streamlines text categorization processes used for machine learning processes. They created a web platform that allows Data Scientists/Machine Learning engineers (DS/MLE) to upload their textual data and have it quickly categorized by machine learning and humans with high quality labels. Oscar Morales holds a MBA from Hult International Business School, and with pollstr, currently participating in Startup School by YCombinator, supported by The Board of Perú and part of UTEC Ventures. In the past they have been part of Wayra Mexico (investors) and a GIST bootcamp from Texas University.

https://pollstr.io/

Otávio Souza / Brazil

Otávio Souza / Brazil

Otávio is Co-Founder and CEO of Partyou Pay based in São Paulo, Brazil. Partyou was founded in 2016 and is a fintech focused on bringing digital payments to the Brazilian university ecosystem. The company provides a set of features that integrates and democratizes digital payments in every aspect of the niche, with QRcodes, debit cards, POS, and financial control. Partyou has been accelerated inside Campus São Paulo – a Google Space and awarded financing from the Brazilian Government to develop the product and help change the payment habits in Brazil.

https://partyou.com.br/?next=%2Fevents

Rafaela Cavalcanti / Brazil

Rafaela Cavalcanti / Brazil

Rafaela Cavalcanti is what happens when a social change agent melds with a powerful business developer. Rafaela is Founder and CEO of CloQ founded in 2016 in Brazil. CloQ is an app that provides cheaper and easy to reach nano-credit to the poor and the unbanked while educating them to make better financial decisions. CloQ is based on the premises of microcredit, uses social trust in order to grow and has been supported by two grants from Startup Chile.

https://cloq.app/

Sandro Stark / Germany

Sandro Stark / Germany

Sandro Stark is Co-Founder and CEO of KETTE based in Munich, Germany. KETTE was founded in 2017 and is a solution to record ownership information and correlated metadata for assets on the Blockchain. By creating an open protocol and platform KETTE aims to create the most globally-verifiable and institutional record of assets to change the meaning of ownership and power new scenarios in security, mobility and shared ownership. Sandro Stark is an alumni of the Imperial College of Science and Technology and Medicine and was part of the Fraunhofer Venture TandemCamp and Finalist at the Plug and Play InsureTec Hub.

https://kette.io/

Tracy Mwangi / Kenya

Tracy Mwangi / Kenya

Tracy Mwangi is the Co-Founder and CEO of Zynamis Limited, a Software Development firm and the founder and Head of Business at GuideRig Solutions. GuideRig is an Event Management Platform to help have an easy time managing events. It simplifies the registration process, the communication with attendees and the management of event data and reports. Together with her team she won a number of awards such as the Safaricom AppWiz (2014), Vodafone International AppStar (2015) and was recently named Nairobi Innovation Weeks Best Entertainment Start-Up.

https://gig.co.ke/

Yogesh Kumar / India

Yogesh Kumar / India

Yogesh Kumar is Founder and CEO of Even Cargo based in Delhi, India. Even Cargo was founded in 2016 and is India's first women only e commerce logistics company. They train and employ women from resource poor communities thereby giving the women an opportunity to earn income in a non-traditional job role. Yogesh’s commitment and dedication towards the cause of women empowerment and gender parity was acknowledged by reputed institutions. His Acumen fellowship, TISS DBS Fellowship and Unltd India Fellowship are among his various accomplishments. Even cargo has been incubated at Tata Institute of social sciences, Mumbai,India and Unltd India. Even Cargo is also supported by DBS foundation and Govt of NCT Delhi.

https://evencargo.in/