Young Founders Spring 2020

Jide Ayegbusi / Nigeria

Jide Ayegbusi / Nigeria

Jide Ayegbusi is the founder and CEO of Edusko.com based in Lagos, Nigeria. Edusko was founded in 2016 to help African parents access suitable schools and financing to give their kids quality education. Edusko is a one stop, web-based application that allows parents to compare good schools, make informed decisions, access school fees finance and enroll their children with ease. Edusko was one of the top 5 most viable startups selected by the Nigerian Economy Summit Group in 2017. The startup also made it to the top 10 finalists at the Seedstars World event in Lagos, Nigeria in 2019.

www.edusko.com

Tanvi Loond / India

Tanvi Loond / India

Phoo Tanvi Loond is the founder and CEO of Insta C.A. based in Delhi, India. Founded in 2018, Insta C.A. is a Fintech platform which makes accounting efficient, transparent and affordable for SMEs by providing the expertise of accounting professionals with the efficiency of modern technology. The platform has been designed to provide detailed financial reports, simplify complex operations and enable small business owners to make informed financial and business decisions. Insta C.A. is a partner for Startup India and has been invited by leading financial journals such as The Economic Times and Financial Express.

www.instaca.in

Tamara Ghandour / Lebanon

Tamara Ghandour / Lebanon

Tamara Ghandour is the co-founder and the Head of Distribution at FabricAID based in Beirut, Lebanon. FabricAID is a social enterprise, founded back in 2017, which aims at offering underprivileged individuals decent clothing at very affordable prices (prices ranging between 0.2$ and 2$) while reducing fabric waste at the same time. FabricAID has won various awards around the world amongst which are The 2019 UN Champion of the World, The First prize at the 2018 GSVC Competition, the Second Prize at the MIT Arab Competition and took part in various accelerators such as The UNICEF Elevate Impact Accelerator, The Berytech Impact Accelerator, Al Fanar Venture Philanthropy Programs, Souk.lb, Bootcamp Start up.

www.fabricAID.me

Shin Wangkaewhiran / Thailand

Shin Wangkaewhiran / Thailand

Shin Wangkaewhiran is the founder and CEO of Vonder based in Bangkok, Thailand. Founded in 2018, Vonder is a game-based Softwareas-a-Service where educators can generate microlearning challenges for learners within just a few minutes. The platform has reached more than 150k high school students across Thailand and more than 40k professional workers in several leading corporates. Vonder has received seed fund investment from Stormbreaker Venture and angel investors.

www.vonder.co.th/

Ricky Cassini / Argentina

Ricky Cassini / Argentina

Ricky Cassini is the co-founder and CEO of michroma based in Rosario, Argentina and in San Francisco, USA. Michroma was founded in mid2019 and is developing novel natural dyes for the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic industry. The mission of michroma is to replace all synthetic petroleum-based dyes related to many health concerns ranging from allergies, to ADHD, hyperactivity and even cancer, with better, cheaper and more sustainable natural options. Ricky as CEO of michroma has raised USD200.000 from the top biotech companies in Latin America through Grid Exponential and USD250.000 from Indiebio, the #1 life sciences accelerator in the world.

www.michroma.co/

Pulkit Anand / India

Pulkit Anand / India

Pulkit Anand is co-founder and CEO of Provakil based in Pune, India. Provakil was founded in 2017 and builds technology solutions for the legal industry. Provakil has a deep focus in building automated public data infrastructure, and workflow/process automation for lawyers, law firms, and corporate legal teams. Provakil is bootstrapped and has won the Agami Prize 2018, BusinessWorld Startup Of The Year 2019, and was invited to the World Justice Challenge 2019 held at The Hague.  

www.provakil.com

Ozaal Zesha / Pakistan

Ozaal Zesha / Pakistan

Ozaal Zesha is the founder and CEO of ClassNotes based in Multan, Pakistan. ClassNotes was founded in 2017 and helps more than half a million students prepare their standardized tests and academic exams with every student saving $700 USD on average. Ozaal is a TechJuice 25Under25 alumni, Shell Technology Innovator, and Ye! Country Ambassador for Pakistan. ClassNotes is part of the Plan9 Tech Incubator, MassChallenge Accelerator and has won Startupper of the Year Award 2019 by Total, TiE Austin Award, and UK Aid Ilm Ideas2 Grant. ClassNotes has been featured on City42TV, Total Newsletter, and in a research paper by Cambridge Education.

www.classnotes.xyz

Marita Walther / Namibia

Marita Walther / Namibia

Marita Walther is co-founder and Managing Director of Ebikes4Africa, based in Windhoek, Namibia. Ebikes4Africa was founded in 2015 as a social enterprise that provides access to e-mobility, solar recharge and customised container hubs to communities across Africa. Ebikes4Africa has won the National Energy Globe Award and SASA Best Social Impact Startup Namibia, was selected for BFS Start-Up Studio, represented Namibia through the Global Entrepreneurship Network, GEN Accelerates Program and Entrepreneurship World Cup, Climate Innovations Exchange, and UNWTO Tourism Startup Competition. Ebikes4Africa has been featured in various media, including local and international magazines, newspapers and TV programs.

www.ebikes4africa.org/

Luther Lawoyin / Nigeria

Luther Lawoyin / Nigeria

Luther Lawoyin is founder and CEO of Pricepally.com based in Lagos, Nigeria. Pricepally was founded in 2019 and provides access to affordable, nutritious, traceable and secure food items in Africa’s urban cities. Pricepally is a wholesale and sharing economy e-commerce platform that enables people to buy food in bulk or share bulk food items with others online to leverage their collective bargaining power. Pricepally has been awarded a Foodtech500 global company by Forward Fooding and is part of the French-German AyadaLab incubator and accelerator program organized by Goethe-Institut and The Institut Francais. Pricepally has also been part of the venture scaling Bootcamp at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston.

www.pricepally.com

Kiptoo Magutt / Kenya

Kiptoo Magutt / Kenya

Kiptoo Magutt is co-founder and CTO of Twende Carpool based in Nairobi, Kenya. Twende was founded in 2018 and is a carpooling service. It is a peer-to-peer ride-sharing platform that connects people traveling in the same direction, with the goal of making long distance and commute travels more affordable, convenient and fun within a trusted community. Twende has participated in the Transformative Urban Mobility Initiative (TUMI) Accelerator at C4DLab/University of Nairobi, has been mentioned by several local media outlets and is supported by the Baobab Network Accelerator and private angel investors.

www.twende.app

Julius Mbungo / Tanzania

Julius Mbungo / Tanzania

Julius Mbungo is the founder and CEO of Toolboksi based in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Toolboksi was founded in 2017 as a platform that partners with local artisans and handymen to increase their access to jobs by connecting them with customers. Toolboksi’s vision is to transform the informal sector in Tanzania and Africa by giving informal skilled workers more job visibility and accrediting the uncredited but skilled workers through customer ratings. Toolboksi has won the Best Social Impact Startup in 2019 by the Southern Africa Startup Awards, the Samurai Awards by Samurai Incubate and a partnership with Daikin Industries. Toolboksi has been featured by a number of media including DW, Reuters, CGTN & ITV.

www.toolboksi.com

Julian Arango / Colombia

Julian Arango / Colombia

Julian Arango is the founder and CEO of Workia based in Medellin, Colombia. Workia was founded in 2019 with the mission to help companies in the transition to the future of work with flexible workspaces as a service on-demand. Workia serves the needs of a new generation of employees that wants to work anywhere, anytime remotely. Julian is a global facilitator of the Techstar Startup Weekend and was also part of the Google Developer Experts program. Workia has received its first investment from the VC firm Firstrock Capital managed by Andres Barreto, one of the most prominent VC’s for early-stage Startups.

www.workia.co

Jacques Sibomana / South Africa

Jacques Sibomana / South Africa

Jacques Sibomana is the founder and Managing Director of Kuba Technologies based in Cape Town, South Africa. Kuba was founded in 2017 as a digital platform designed to support Micro-Enterprises. Kuba makes it easier for large businesses and individuals to work with small business owners and offers a basket of services and support that small business owners need to grow and create more jobs in their communities. Kuba has won several awards in South Africa including the Impumelelo Social Innovation Awards, Smart & Inclusive Tech Challenge, as well as becoming a finalist at the Nation Builder Award, SAB Social Innovation and Disability Awards and winning Community tech at 2019 Imagine Awards. Kuba partners with Small Enterprise Development Agency in South Africa, as well as other organisations, to create impact within South Africa’s Township communities and other disadvantaged communities where unemployment is high.

www.kuba.services

Hin Ei Ei Khaing / Myanmar

Hin Ei Ei Khaing / Myanmar

Hnin Ei Ei Khaing is co-founder and COO of MyanLearn based in Yangon, Myanmar. MyanLearn was founded in 2018 with the mission of building a one-stop online marketplace for learning needs. MyanLearn has launched a class search platform app, providing detailed and hardly available information like costs, starting date or timetable of relevant courses. MyanLearn also provides a tutor matching service in the areas of P1-K12 subjects, foreign languages and computer sciences helping students find the most suitable and qualified tutors to help them achieve their goals. MyanLearn has been mentioned by regional media like The Nation (Thailand) and e27 (Singapore).

www.myanlearn.com

Fabiane Kuhn / Brazil

Fabiane Kuhn / Brazil

Fabiane Kuhn is co-founder and CEO of Raks Agricultural Technology based in São Leopoldo, Brazil. Raks was founded in 2017 and develops intelligent water management solutions that help farmers be more profitable and use irrigation more efficiently. The soil moisture sensor is a proprietary technology and can detect small differences in the soil, using the very precise physical principal of Time Domain Reflectometry – TDR. Raks has won the Future of the Earth Award in Brazil and has been the first Brazilian company at Iowa AgriTech Accelerator - USA. Fabiane Kuhn has also represented Brazil at the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards and was the first Brazilian woman at the world finals.

www.raks.com

Emmanuel Emodek / Uganda

Emmanuel Emodek / Uganda

Emmanuel Emodek is the founder and Managing Director of ChapChap Africa based in Kampala, Uganda. ChapChap Africa was founded in 2016 and is a Fintech startup which develops software that in particular helps improve service delivery to underserved communities. ChapChap is a smartphone powered platform that’s helping small businesses stay afloat and thrive by introducing them to the digital age of doing business. Emmanuel Emodek has won the Prince of Wales price Wales Young Sustainable Entrepreneurs 2019 and has been part of the Alibaba E-fellow and The University of Cambridge accelerator program.

www.chapchap.co

Diana Barreno / Chile

Diana Barreno / Chile

Diana Barreno is the co-founder and CEO of Rentivo, a startup based in Santiago, Chile. Rentivo was founded in 2019 and follows the idea of a Circular Economy. Rentivo is a platform that enables parents to rent high-quality baby gear for days, weeks or months instead of buying the products. Rentivo has won the first prize of StartUp Chile 2019 at the Female Circle event and has been selected to hold a session at the Disrupt Innovation Festival by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in November 2019.

www.rentivo.cl

Desmond Konney / Ghana

Desmond Konney / Ghana

Desmond Konney is the founder and CEO of Complete Farmer Limited based in Accra, Ghana. Complete Farmer was founded in 2017 and is an end-to-end digital farming platform that makes it easy for local and global industries to source for agricultural commodities and easy for individuals anywhere in the world to own a farm using IoT and data technologies. Complete Farmer has won the KIC Agritech challenge in 2017 and Demo Africa 2018, has been mentioned by TechCrunch and Disrupt Africa and is supported by the Meltwater Incubator in Accra.   

www.completefarmer.com/

Damilola Emuze / Nigeria

Damilola Emuze / Nigeria

Damilola Emuze is the co-founder and COO of ScholarX based in Lagos, Nigeria. ScholarX was founded in 2016 and creates equitable access to quality education for high potential youths in Africa irrespective of socio-economic background. Through its education financing solutions, students and youths are linked with global funding opportunities that ensure the access to quality education and 21st-century skills that lead to employment. ScholarX has been featured on CNBC Africa, and Forbes, was part of Google Launchpad Accelerator Class 3 and won the World Summit Awards 2017 for Education in Nigeria.

www.scholarx.co

Arslan Ahmad / Pakistan

Arslan Ahmad / Pakistan

Arslan Ahmad is the co-founder and CEO of PakVitae based in Karachi, Pakistan. PakVitae was founded in 2016 and has since been working on democratising hollow fiber based Ultra-Filtration modules to tackle the issue of clean drinking water in third world countries. PakVitae has won the Commonwealth Trust award 2019. PakVitae has also competed for the finals of Hult award in Ashridge Castle, UK. PakVitae is supported by Invency which is one of the largest investment funds in Pakistan.

www.pakvitae.org/

Anatoli Kirigwajjo / Uganda

Anatoli Kirigwajjo / Uganda

Anatoli Kirigwajjo is the co-founder and CEO of Yunga Technologies based in Kampala, Uganda. Yunga Technologies was founded in 2018 and is a next-generation community security company. The digital rescue network connects neighbour to neighbour and neighbour to police in case of an attack or emergency. Yunga won the Innovating Justice challenge Kampala 2018 organized by HiiL Justice Accelerator as well as the 1st place at the Global Innovation through Science and Technology Competition that took place at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Bahrain 2019.

www.yunga-ug.com