Young Founders Autumn 2019

Adrian Armijos Krüger / Ecuador

Adrian Armijos Krüger / Ecuador

Adrian Armijos Krüger is the co-founder and CEO of Wawa Technologies based in Quito, Ecuador. Wawa was founded in 2016 and is one of Latin America’s biggest R&D companies specialized in computer vision. That means, Wawa is behind most of the modern applications of augmented reality, virtual reality, biometric tracking, 4.0 Industry/four-eyes automatization and virtually any application where it requires the computer “to see”. Adrian has won the award of Best Entrepreneur Under 35 from the MIT TR, is part of Kairos Society and an active member in the Augmented Word Organization and Open CV Community. Wawa has also been featured on CNN and DW and has been awarded with more than 12 international and national awards.

www.thewawa.com

Agustin Gabutti / Argentinia

Agustin Gabutti / Argentinia

Agustin Gabutti is the co-founder and CEO of Cuaderno Rojo, a startup focused in helping kindergartens build happier communities. Founded in 2018 and based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Cuaderno Rojo is helping hundreds of kindergartens located in 10 countries across Latin America. Through an all in one solution teachers can be more efficient and have more time to teach. They can be more informed about their students and communicate everything parents need to reinforce education at home. Kindergarten owners and principals have tools to grow the business and have control over all the community.

www.cuadernorojo.com.ar

Chandni Rajendran / India

Chandni Rajendran / India

Chandni Rajendran is the founder of Tactopus. Tactopus creates inclusive education technology for early learning needs of children with visual impairment and learning disabilities. The products include textured, tactile books and a mobile app that uses image processing to augment audio interactions and games onto the books. The products make it possible for children with blindness to perceive images, while listening to audio effects and stories augmented through the app. The tactile flashcards create active learning guided by a voice companion. The design process is driven by principle of universal accessibility.

tactopus.com

Chisepo Chirwa / Zambia

Chisepo Chirwa / Zambia

Chisepo is the co-founder and CEO of ZPOS based in Lusaka, Zambia. ZPOS was founded in 2016 and enables small scale retailers to digitize their business records (sales, stock, etc.) so that they can easily determine whether they are making a profit or not. ZPOS has built a mobile app to help retailers keep these records which they can later use to approach financial service providers to help them with credit for the growth of their small businesses. ZPOS has won several awards including the Swiss African Business Innovation Initiative and the Datahack for Financial Inclusion (Zambia). Chisepo has been part of Jack Ma’s Africa Netpreneur’s top 20 African entrepreneurs.

zpos.co.zm

Cynthia Wandia Mburu, Kenya / Germany

Cynthia Wandia Mburu, Kenya / Germany

Cynthia is the co-founder and CEO of Kwara based in Nairobi, Kenya and Berlin, Germany. Kwara was founded in 2018 to catapult savings and credit cooperatives into the 21st century and unlocks their full digital potential by providing a shared banking platform, shared digital channels and credit scoring all as a service. Kwara has been selected to join Google’s Launchpad Accelerator Africa, Google’s London Immersion, and has won the Africa leg of the Global Fintech Festival, receiving a fastback to the Singapore Fintech Festival, has won the MIT round of the MIINT MBA Impact Competition and has been invited to speak at the UN Taskforce for the Digital Financing of the SDGs in New York.

kwara.com

Domitila Silayo / Tanzania

Domitila Silayo / Tanzania

Domitila is the co-founder and COO of FixChap which is based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. FixChap was founded in 2018 and it is a web and mobile app which connects home and office owners with vetted handymen. FixChap has participated in the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program, was Total Tanzania Start Upper of the year and won the MIT D-Lab Scale-Ups Fellowship. FixChap has also been featured on Disrupt Africa.

fixchap.com

Elohor Thomas / Nigeria

Elohor Thomas / Nigeria

Elohor Thomas is the co-founder and CEO of CodeLn, based in Lagos, Nigeria. CodeLn was founded in 2018 and is reducing the rate of unemployment of African Software Engineers. CodeLn makes it easy for companies to seamlessly hire skilled tech talent. With a physical presence in Nigeria and Ghana, CodeLn has a pool of talent across 12 African countries. It is the company’s vision to become the global go-to marketplace for verified African tech talent. CodeLn was part of MEST Accelerator Program and received seed funding from Meltwater Foundation. CodeLn won the Launched-in-Africa Pitch Competition ’19 and was selected among the top 15 startups in Africa to pitch at the Techcrunch Battlefield Africa ‘18.

www.codeln.com

Eugene Maseya / Malawi

Eugene Maseya / Malawi

Eugene Maseya is the co-founder and COO of MamaBird based in Lilongwe, Malawi. MamaBird was founded in 2018 and is an emerging drone logistics company delivering lifesaving supplies to the last mile with a special focus on maternal and newborn health. MamaBird has been part of the third cohort of Vodafone's F-Lane Accelerator 2018 and the Africa4Future Aerospace Accelerator by Airbus Bizlabs 2019.

mamabird.io

Faith Adesemowo / Nigeria

Faith Adesemowo / Nigeria

Faith Adesemowo is the co-founder and CEO of Social Lender based in Lagos, Nigeria. Social Lender was founded in 2015 and is a lending solution based on social reputation on mobile, online and social communities. Social Lender is designed to bridge the gap of immediate fund access for people with limited access to formal credit. Social Lender uses its own proprietary algorithm to perform a social audit of the users’ online, on mobile, on social media and other related platforms and gives a Social Reputation Score to each user. Loans are guaranteed by the user’s social profile and network allowing users to then borrow from banks and other financial institutions based on their social reputation.

sociallenderng.com

José de la Luz Lopez Sanguino / Mexico

José de la Luz Lopez Sanguino / Mexico

José de la Luz is the founder and CEO of delt.ai based Mexico City, Mexico. Delt.ai was founded in 2019 and helps startups and SMB’s navigate the intricacies of banking and finance in the early stage. By providing both financial access and automatic accounting founders and SMB owners can focus on what they do best. José de la Luz has won the Global Leadership Scholarship by Georgetown University and participated in Bloomberg interviews on the digital economy; he has also been a mentor in Startup Bootcamp Mexico and participant in MassChallenge.

delt.ai

Kamal Yakub / Ghana

Kamal Yakub / Ghana

Kamal Yakub is the CEO of TROTRO Tractor Ltd. TROTRO Tractor is an agricultural technology company that connects smallholder farmers with tractors and other agricultural machinery services. With TROTRO Tractor farmers can request, prepay and schedule for tractors and agricultural machinery services using feature phones and smart phones. Tractor owners can also monitor the efficiency of their machines remotely using the TROTRO Tractor specialized GPS trackers, USSD App and Mobile App.

www.trotrotractor.com/index.html

Leonardo Barrientos / Chile

Leonardo Barrientos / Chile

Leonardo Barrientos is the co-founder and CEO of Lexgo based in Santiago, Chile. Lexgo was founded in 2018 and is solving legal challenges for startups in Latin America. By automating legal workflows, founders can incorporate their startups, raise funding and hire their employees seamless and in different countries of the region, all from a single platform. Lexgo has been part of Start-Up Chile and won the Y Combinator 2018 Startup School Grant Award.

www.lexgo.cl

Manan Majithia / India

Manan Majithia / India

Manan Majithia is the co-founder and CEO of YouCare Services based in Chandigarh, India. YouCare Services was founded in 2016 and provides professional and affordable care services for loved ones at home by promoting caregiving as a viable career option among youth and women. YouCare’s mission is to improve the quality of life and care of receivers through a professional and internationally accredited training program, better salaries, respect & dignity through career growth and overseas job opportunities for the caregivers. YouCare Services is a part of the 2019 cohort of Upaya Social Ventures Accelerator programme.

www.youcare.in/about-us/

Mayuree Aroonwaranon / Thailand

Mayuree Aroonwaranon / Thailand

Mayuree Aroonwaranon is the co-founder and CEO GEPP Sa-Ard Co., Ltd. based in Bangkok, Thailand. GEPP Sa-Ard was founded in 2018. GEPP increases efficiency of recyclable collection for users and collectors and provides data analytics combined with consultancy services on waste management solutions for corporate clients. GEPP has won the title of Thailand’s National Winner in World Summit Award 2018 in Green Technology Category and was listed Top 5 in Thailand’s Accelerator Programme hosted by Thailand’s Digital Economy Promotion Agency in 2018.

gepp.me

Michael Khoo / Myanmar / Singapore

Michael Khoo / Myanmar / Singapore

Michael Khoo is the CEO and co-founder of dhobi.co. The company was founded in 2018 and has raised 5 digits investment in 2018. It is an online laundry service provider with the aim to increase the profit margin for small laundry shops in the neighbourhoods and to create more valuable hours every week for the users. The company has won the 2nd prize in Phandeeyar’s Accelerator Competition and received the offer to join their accelerator program, the largest accelerator program in Myanmar. Dhobi.co can reach every part of Yangon, the largest cosmopolitan city in Myanmar. The number of transactions per month has been growing 30% month per month. Dhobi.co is working towards the next round of investment.  

https://dhobi.co/

Mutethia Mbaabu / Kenya

Mutethia Mbaabu / Kenya

Mutethia Mbaabu is the co-founder and CEO of Mesozi, based in Nairobi, Kenya. Mesozi was founded in 2013 and develops integrated business and technology software solutions across various sectors. Their flagship product, MarketForce connects Africa’s informal retail outlets and consumers directly to suppliers of consumer goods and services by digitizing orders, delivery, and payments with the aim of solving the last mile distribution challenge. Mesozi was one of the 11 startups selected for the Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa programme 2018 and grabbed first place at the Connected Kenya Oracle Innovation Awards 2018 - Tourism Category, for its innovative TravelTech platform, Cloud9xp.

marketforce360.com

Nicolás Monroy / Colombia

Nicolás Monroy / Colombia

Nicolás Monroy is the co-founder and CTO of Espacios Digitales IoT, based in Bogotá, Colombia. Espacios Digitales IoT was founded in 2017 and develops tailormade IoT solutions for the retail, oil & gas and banking sector. The complete solution offers a customized experience which can be integrated with the customer's software, for instance their ERP. Espacios Digitales has participated in different accelerator programmes such as Startup Chile, Startup Colombia and recently raised 150k USD from Telefonica's investment unit Wayra.

espaciosdigitales.co

Opio Obwangamoi David / Uganda

Opio Obwangamoi David / Uganda

David Opio Obwangamoi is the co-founder and CEO of gnuGrid Africa based in Kampala, Uganda. gnuGrid was incorporated in 2016 and helps solar companies to become more efficient and thus scale to reach more people in Uganda’s off grid communities.  gnuGrid monitors solar systems and collects data on power usage patterns. This data is used to help solar system providers tailor service delivery. They provide solar companies with an AI-powered PayGo system, that includes customer management, predictive analytics, and digital payments, coupled with AI-optimized sensor enabled hardware that caters for the core business and technical requirements of solar companies.

www.facebook.com/gnugrid/

Phoo Pwint Eain / Myanmar

Phoo Pwint Eain / Myanmar

Phoo Pwint Eain is the co-founder and CEO of MMtutors based in Yangon, Myanmar. MMtutors was founded in 2017 to connect students with professional tutors. Besides matchmaking, MMtutors also provides progress reports to measure and enhance the learning outcomes. MMtutors is the winner of Mekong Business Challenge 2019 and won Third Prize at the International Business Model Competition (USA) 2019. MMtutors was part of the Phandeeyar Accelerator 2017 and received five figures funding from Seed Myanmar, Trust Venture Partners and angel investors.

www.mmtutors.com

Samar Hamdy / Egypt

Samar Hamdy / Egypt

Samar Hamdy is the co-founder and Marketing Director of DevisionX based in Cairo, Egypt. DevisionX was founded in 2017 and is building quality inspection solutions for solving the quality challenges of the manufacturing processes by using machine vision and AI technologies. DevisionX is serving customers in Egypt and planning to scale to Europe through co-creations programmes. They already exhibited their solution at VIVATech 2019 in Paris.

devisionx.com

Santiago Ibarguen / Guatemala

Santiago Ibarguen / Guatemala

Santiago Ibarguen is the co-founder and CMO of Vana, based in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Vana was founded in 2018 and is focused on increasing access to fast and affordable credits in Guatemala by providing micro loans through a mobile app. Vana uses smartphone data to create a credit score for their users, allowing them to serve a population that has traditionally been ignored by the finance sector. The company has extended more than 5,000 loans in the year since its launch.

www.vana.gt

Shivi Kapil / India

Shivi Kapil / India

Shivi is the co-founder of Empathy Design Labs. Empathy Design Labs has developed a wearable and non-invasive screening patch - KRIYA™ for rapid pregnancy monitoring by expecting parents and clinical obstetricians. Early alerts and timely actions can save the lives of millions of babies who are stillborn due to delays in reaching care providers.  As a non-invasive IoT device it alerts parents 24-hours prior to a pregnancy turning into a stillbirth. With such a notification there is an opportunity to intervene and save a pregnancy. They are a team of human centric designers, researchers and engineers and are also having advisors who support them on clinical, technical and business aspects of the solution.

https://www.empathydesignlabs.com/

Yi Moon / Myanmar / Singapore

Yi Moon / Myanmar / Singapore

Kieran is the founder and CEO of Klenic based in Yangon, Myanmar. Klenic was founded in 2017 and strives to transform the healthcare experience for millions of consumers in Myanmar by simplifying the process through a cloud-based software suite. Klenic’s dream is to build a nationwide digital information platform for patients, nurses, doctors, clinics and hospital that serves convenience and safety for everyone. Kieran is part of the Global Shapers Community under the World Economic Forum initiative that aims to impact the community around him. Klenic has won the Myanmar Youth Technopreneurship Development Programme in 2018 and has achieved the second place in social impact at Venture Further 2019 in Manchester. Klenic is supported by Seedstars and One to Watch Enterprise.

klenic.com