INNOVATOR SHOWCASE – MONTHLY INNOVATOR PROFILES

 
Every couple of months, Ethiopian Innovator will feature monthly profiles of entrepreneurs undertaking innovative business activities that have the potential to make significant social impact as they scale up their operations.

Some of these innovations may already be taking place in other countries. In our showcase section, besides homegrown innovations, we are recognizing those entrepreneurs that are replicating innovations from other countries. There is much we can learn from other countries, and we want to encourage replicating/ building on best practice.

Most of the entrepreneurs profiled every month have already been operating at least a year and have developed products that they have introduced to the market. A few have their product developed but have not entered the market. The main challenge they all face is access to finance to scale up their operations and make impact.

CONTACT
For those people who are interested in finding out more about the SOCIAL /DIGITAL INNOVATORS that we have profiled, please email us at: ethiopianinnovator@gmail.com

 

SABI

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FOUNDER (S):  ABDULAZIZ YESUF, BEKA, BELACHEW, ZELALEM TEKLUINSPIRATION TO START THE BUSINESS:  We noticed the opportunity to provide affordable tech talent to startups in the U.S and Europe and the amount of underutilized talent in African countries.BACKGROUND OF FOUNDER:-EducationB.S.C Software ...
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ASBEZA TECHNOLOGIES AND DELIVERY, PLC.

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FOUNDER: Bereket TadesseINSPIRATION TO START THE BUSINESS: Simply because it was a problem for me. Five years ago when my wife had our first child, the grocery shopping responsibility was passed on to me. As a husband, every time I came home I kept forgetting to bring a list of the grocery items ...
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TOLOMART TRADING PLC

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COMPANY NAME: TOLOMART TRADING PLC. FOUNDER: GIRMACHEW TEFERA INSPIRATION TO START THE BUSINESS: Alibaba, Amazon and eBay played a big role inspiring us to build an e-commerce platform called tolomart which is led by young professional woman striving to be one of the top best e-commerce companies ...
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GOODAYON

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COMPANY NAME: GOODAYON (https://gooday.io)FOUNDER: Alem AbrehaINSPIRATION TO START THE BUSINESS: Lack of digital presence and access for low economy-class gig workers. Gig workers in home cooking, cleaning and repair services have very limited access to the market, and hence they are mostly ...
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TERAKI APP

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FOUNDER: Nahom TsegayeINSPIRATION TO START THE BUSINESS: The scarcity of Ethiopian audiobooks and podcasts and the unavailability of a free platform for creators to house audio content.BACKGROUND OF FOUNDER:EducationBSC – Computer EngineeringBA – Business ManagementWork ExperienceChief Executive ...
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ALEBET STRING ART STUDIO

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FOUNDER: ALEMAYEHU BEKELEINSPIRATION TO START THE BUSINESS:His love of architecture and art.BACKGROUND OF FOUNDER:-Education: Graduate of University of Mekelle, Ethiopian Institute of Technology (2017)Work Experience:- Currently CEO of CRAFT Architects and Engineers- Worked at EIABC as a student ...
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GREEN ETHIOPIA

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FOUNDERS:1.Biruktawit Dawit2. Ghionawit Gebru3. Iman Mustafa4. Birtukan LegessaINSPIRATION TO START THE BUSINESS:Due to an increase in demand of agriculture production, the need of soil fertility is dramatically increasing in Ethiopia. This resulted in an increase usage of artificial fertilizers. ...
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BAMBOO LABS

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FOUNDER: ABEL HAILE GIORGIS:INSPIRATION TO START THE BUSINESS:Bamboo is a sustainable material of the 21st century and Ethiopia holds the highest share of bamboo resource in Africa (70% of the total share of African bamboo is found in Ethiopia). A good attribute to bamboo is that it is a fast-...
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TELSEM ROBOTICS AND AI

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COMPANY NAME: TELSEM ROBOTICS AND AI FOUNDER:  MESERET AMBELINSPIRATION TO START THE BUSINESS: Students are losing interest in learning through regular education since it is mostly theoretical.  They often don’t know the reason or advantage of learning physics and math at an early age. TELSEM ...
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COMPANY NAME: AKILIL

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FOUNDER:   YIDIDIYA DAMTEW INSPIRATION TO START THE BUSINESS:Ethiopia has ample cultural and natural resources but little has been done in utilizing this resource for sustainable product development. When starting Aklill, we aspired to find a space where culture, sustainability and innovation ...
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GUZO TECHNOLOGIES

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FOUNDER:  DANIEL GETACHEWINSPIRATION TO START THE BUSINESS:Guzo Technologies has one big vision and that is to place itself on top through contributing innovative products and services that are made by African youth. We believe we are on the right time to contribute to the world. We focused on ...
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COMPANY NAME: BALUBET

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COMPANY NAME: BALUBET FOUNDER:  JERUSALEM MERSHAINSPIRATION TO START THE BUSINESS:Jerusalem started the company to create jobs for the many youth who became unemployed as a result of the motorcycle ban in Addis Ababa. BACKGROUND OF FOUNDER: Jerusalem studied Architecture and Urban Planning/Design ...
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COMPANY NAME: ETHIOPIAN SKIN BEAUTY SECRETS

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COMPANY NAME: ETHIOPIAN SKIN BEAUTY SECRETS(ESB) (http://www.esbsecret.com)FOUNDER:  YORDANOS GOUSHEINSPIRATION TO START THE BUSINESS:Addressing the issue of finding   effective and safe beauty products   that work   for  black   women’s   hair  and skin.BACKGROUND OF FOUNDER:Yordanos ‘s initial ...
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COMPANY NAME: Basso Collection

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FOUNDER:  Salsawit TsegaINSPIRATION TO START THE BUSINESS: Salsawit was always curious about tires and tubes and used to experiment with such materials at a young age. Her father who was in the transport business owned trucks. Growing up, she recalls the piles of old truck tires and inner tubes ...
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COMPANY NAME: YENEPAY FINANCIAL TECHNOLOGIES, PLC

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FOUNDER: Sisay Getnet KelkleINSPIRATION TO START THE BUSINESS: A few years back, I had a first-hand experience to see how difficult it is to run an online business in Ethiopia and one of the biggest hurdles was the lack of a digital payment platform. This challenge has given me the courage to set ...
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COMPANY NAME: KURAZTECH

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FOUNDER (S): BIRUK MAMO: CEO and Founder of Kuraztech; Biruk Fekade – COO and Founder of Kuraztechwww.kuraztech.comINSPIRATION TO START THE BUSINESS: Many countries in the world actively use these technologies in some form or the other. In Ethiopia, however, a country with millions of students ...
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COMPANY-WHIZ KIDS

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FOUNDER: Bruktawit Tigabu www.whizkidsworkshop.comINSPIRATION TO START THE BUSINESS More than 300,000 children under five die in Ethiopia every year, 70 per cent of them from diarrhea, malaria, pneumonia, measles and malnutrition. Bruktawit Tigabu produced educational TV and Radio programs such as, ...
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COMPANY- Nutri-Dense Agro Food Processing

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COMPANY: Nutri-Dense Agro Food ProcessingFOUNDER: Alem GreilingINSPIRATION TO START THE BUSINESS:.As a nutrition advisor, I observed that our community is not always used to consuming healthy and nutritious foods. Although it is a challenge to make a change in the long-standing habits of Ethiopians,...
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TEBITA AMBULANCE SERVICE - FOUNDER: Kibret Abebe

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TEBITA AMBULANCE SERVICE (www.tebitaambulance.com)FOUNDER: Kibret AbebeINSPIRATION TO START THE BUSINESSKibret Abebe is a professional anesthetist with over 25 years’ experience. He established TEBITA Ambulance after witnessing the poor conditions of victims of traffic accidents and other emergency ...
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COMPANY: Lik-Tera

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COMPANY: Lik-TeraFOUNDER: Samuel GizawINSPIRATION TO START THE BUSINESSFour years ago while I was running an offline business, I could not sustain my business due to the fact that there was a light railway construction going on right in front of my shop. That made it difficult for customers to ...
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COMPANY: 50 Lomi

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COMPANY: 50 LomiFOUNDER (S):.Temesgen Fesseha, Co-founder/ Marketing and Sales; Dagim Feyessa, Co-founder/ Developer; Yonathan Feyessa, CEO/Developer / Co-founder; Abdurazak Abrar, Co-founder/ Chief Technical Officer..INSPIRATION TO START THE BUSINESSMost business in Ethiopia have not digitized ...
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COMPANY - TARSAM GREEN FOUNDER – TARIKAYEHU GEBRE- SILASSIE

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INSPIRATION TO START THE BUSINESSMost of the products which are available in the market for agriculture sectors such as for farmers and animal husbandry are non-organic chemicals which affect the environment. They also affect the farmer’s productivity on the land as well as his health. In addition, ...
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COMPANY - TESFAYE, LIYA, WOINSHET, ECO PAPER MANUFACTURING P/SHIP

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-COMPANY - TESFAYE, LIYA, WOINSHET, ECO PAPER MANUFACTURING P/SHIP FOUNDER: TESFAYE MEKONNEN -INSPIRATION TO START THE BUSINESSTesfaye Mekonnen started his paper recycling business in 2015 with the vision of producing environmentally friendly handmade paper out of waste paper and natural organic ...
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COMPANY – EDMONIA ICT SOLUTIONS

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COMPANY – EDMONIA ICT SOLUTIONS           FOUNDER – BEZAWIT WORKU-INSPIRATION TO START THE BUSINESSWe believe that human beings are born with enormous capacity and potential. As such our inspiration is to help our fellow Ethiopians utilize their full energy and ...
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COMPANY - ADDISTAG SYSTEMS PLC

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COMPANY  - Addistag Systems PLCFOUNDER   - Yafet Birhanu .Company LogoINSPIRATION TO START THE BUSINESS Passion for programming and experience of new software technologies especially location-based solutions like mobile maps and web maps made me be invested in this sector. -BACKGROUND OF THE ...
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