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Africa's Best: 10 Under 30 Entrepreneurs


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Africa is budding with talent. …

Africa is budding with talent.

This presentation will take you through the lives and achievements of young entrepreneurs under 30.

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  • 1. Oluwaseun Osewa, 30, Nigeria • At the age of 23 he started which has become the most popular website in Nigeria • has more than 1 million registered users • It is the most visited website in Africa as per Alexa rankings • In 2003 he attempted to start a web hosting business but failed • Undaunted he opened in the year 2005 • His approach was to try and provide solution to something you need, or want to be solved • was started to address issues in Nigeria • It was to be a general purpose forum with focus on issues of interest to Nigerians • generates revenue through its ad inventory
  • 2. Ola Orekunrin, 27, Nigeria • At the age of 21 Orekunrin graduated from the University of York as a qualified doctor • She was awarded Japanese Government Scholarship and moved to Japan to conduct research • After coming back to Europe she decided to work for improving healthcare in Nigeria and Africa • It was the death of her sister due to anaemia which prompted her to take this decision • She started Flying Doctors Service and also consults government and private agencies on aesthetic and emergency medicine • Flying Doctors is west Africa’s first indigenous air ambulance • It offers national and international evacuation services • They have 4 aircrafts strategically located at 4 major airports in Nigeria • They also provide health and safety audit services, clinic staffing, telemedicine, and first aid training
  • 3. Jonathan Liebmann , 28, South Africa • Liebmann is the Managing Director of Propertuity, a South African real estate development company • He had started 5 businesses by the age of 24 and Propertuity was the most successful one • Liebmann found Propertuity in 2007 with which he launched property investments • Liebmann studied business and accounting from Monash University • But according to him bulk of education came from hands-on experience and entrepreneurship • Maboneng Precinct in Johannesburg was his brainchild • Maboneng is a vibrant urban community with Art galleries, Art museums retails space and offices • He thinks entrepreneurs need unrealistic optimism, perseverance, design and lifestyle exposure, and passion to do what he does • “Practice what you preach, Live the vision”, is his advice to all budding entrepreneurs
  • 4. Lorna Rutto , 28, Kenya • Lorna after graduating in commerce and accounting started a career in banking • In 2009 she resigned her banking job and pursued her interest in environmental science • She along with Charles Kalama, a biochemical engineer, started small business called EcoPost • To start with it was a small plastic recycling business • Plastic waste collected across Nairobi was used to manufacture durable and environmental friendly fencing posts and sign posts • Some of the products are used for building and construction purposes • Lorna saw opportunity where others saw trash • She won numerous awards like 2009 Enablis Business Award, 2010 SEED Award, and 2010 Bid Network Nature Challenge Award
  • 5. Evans Wadongo , 27, Kenya • This Kenyan engineer is the Chairman of Sustainable Development For All-Kenya (SDFA- Kenya) • As a child he grew up in rural Kenya and with his four brothers studied using a kerosene lamp • His eyesight was permanently damaged due to poisonous gas emitted by kerosene lamp • This experience lead to his development of MwangaBora solar lamp • MwangaBora was first African designed and produced lamp and was built from 50% recycled material • He featured on Forbes and CNN as one of Africa’s Best Young Entrepreneurs • In 2011, Evans launched Just One Lamp, a campaign to raise funding and awareness for MwangaBora lamps • In 2012 he received the African International Achievers Award
  • 6. Sizwe Nzima, 21, South Africa • Sizwe Nzima graduated from Raymond Ackerman Academy of Entrepreneurial Development • He aspires to eliminate the problem of queuing at clinics and hospitals with his venture Iyeza Express • Iyeza Express is a business where chronic medication is transported using cycles from local clinics to doorsteps of residents • This solution seems to be solving problem by saving time and money for his clients • This business has managed to employ many young men • The only skills requirement here are ability to ride bicycle and to know the town well • Sizwe sees entrepreneurship as a way to combat social issues in South Africa
  • 7. Andrew Mupuya, 21, Uganda • It was in the year 2008, at the age of 16 when Mupuya decided to launch his company • It was a paper bag production company and was a result of ban on plastic bags by government • Mupuya was only in secondary school when he decided to take up this challenge • He realized a capital of 36000 Ugandan shillings were needed and it was raised selling used plastic bottles and borrowing from school teacher • With just $14 (36,000 shillings) he started his entrepreneurial journey • At the age of 21, he is the owner of Youth Entrepreneurial Link Investments (YELI) • YELI was the first registered company to make paper bags • He employs 16 people and have 72 clients
  • 8. Farai Gundan, NA, Zimbabwe • Farai is the co-founder of and AfricanTripDeals • FaraiMedia is an online and mobile advertising platform focused on Africa • She completed her MBA from The School of Business & Industry at Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University • She guest writes for Forbes and is a leading expert on African women in Media and Technology • AfricanTripDeals is an end-to-end online marketing and reservation system for African hotel, travel & tourism industry • She is a producer and a lead anchor of women’s talk show “Point Of View” and “AfroHits Top 10” for Afrotainment Television Channel • “Don’t be afraid to raise your hand and ask. Let your presence be known.” is her advice to business women from Africa
  • 9. Mark Kaigwa, 25, Kenya • Mark Kaigwa is much travelled and recognized IT guru • He describes himself as a consultant, strategist, and speaker with a liking for solving problems and applying ideas • He is the co-founder and partner of Afrinnovator • Afrinnovator is a venture to put Africa on the map by publishing about African innovation, technology, and start-ups • Kaigwa is also a partner at African Digital Art which is the leading resource for creative design, photography and animation from Africa • Afrinnovator is selected by CNN as one of the Top African Voices to follow • In 2007 he led creative direction of video game for Warner Brothers titled Pamoja Mtaani • Also an Actor and director of live action films • He is the African Ambassador for the Sandbox Network
  • 10. Ashley Uys, 30, South Africa • Uys completed his B.Sc honours degree in Biotechnology and a MAP certificate from Wits University • Uys started Real World Diagnostics to develop products which are affordable for people who need them • Reliable and affordable medical kit is one way to a more promising and healthy future in Africa • He is recognised and appreciated for his efforts in the field of healthcare • He won the Breweries Innovation Award and was selected among Africa’s Best Young Entrepreneurs by Forbes • Even today he continues to research on ways to develop new products • Uys is a great believer of giving back to the society • Along with Real World Diagnostics, he is also the Managing Director of Medical Diagnostech and Oculus ID
  • 11. Mara Foundation’s Ambition We enable, inspire and empower ambitious entrepreneurs in Africa. With the support of our Mara Mentors we will: Inspire millions of young people in Africa to become entrepreneurs. Teach entrepreneurs new skills. Enable entrepreneurs to turn business ideas into a reality. Guide business owners to grow businesses and hire (more) employees. Empower entrepreneurs by providing a platform to showcase their business and build their network.
  • 12. THANK YOU Website: App: iTunes, Blackberry, Android, and Nokia. Customer Support: Mara Foundation is supported by a number of partners, including: