Businesses

Businesses

SPRING has supported over 75 businesses in 9 countries across South Asia and East Africa in 17 sectors over the course of the past 5 years. The businesses can be filtered according to geographical location and sector.

360ed

Myanmar Leveraging advances in Virtual Reality and other technologies to bring impact in transforming national education

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Academic Bridge

Rwanda Information platform for schools, students, parents to monitor students’ performance.

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AcceleratED

Ethiopia Blends technology with behaviour design to promote active learning in primary classrooms.

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ACTT

Tanzania Empowering educational institutions in setting up innovative ICT learning solutions.

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AFRICAN ENTREPRENEUR COLLECTIVE

African Entrepreneur Collective (AEC) is a network of business accelerators in East Africa with the goal of job creation through youth entrepreneur development. Locally branded as “Inkomoko” in Rwanda …

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AFRICAQUA

AfricAqua is developing sustainable decentralised safe water systems across Kenya. Adolescent girls spend hours each week gathering water, much of which is not clean and poses significant health risks …

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Andy Annett

Andy is from a private sector and entrepreneurship background specifically in advertising, digital and communications agencies in the UK, Asia and elsewhere. He has founded and subsequently sold his o …

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ARIIA

Pakistan Ariia is creating a fashion online platform to connect rural, part-time artisans, including adolescent girls, to consumers.

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Aurelie Faugier

Aurelie is an established NGO and corporate manager with 10 years working experience from multinational firms to start up NGOs, and from government to social businesses, in Europe and India. She enjoy …

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Babyl

Rwanda Delivers high quality remote digital health care.

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BANAPADS

BanaPads is a social enterprise that produces a low cost, comfortable sanitary pad from natural agricultural waste materials. The product has the potential to empower girls who miss school each month …

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Barefoot Power

Uganda Provides solar power for low income populations without electricity access points.

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Build Up Nepal

Nepal Enabling communities and local entrepreneurs to build resilient housing

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CAROLYN SYANGBO

Carolyn handles and overseas operations for the programme across Asia. She has lived in Kathmandu, Nepal for over 20 years and is Managing Director of Durbar Associates, a film-handling and event mana …

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CHARITY MAVISI

Charity handles and overseas operations for the programme across East Africa. She is a seasoned administrative, logistics and operations professional with over 10 year of experience in her field. Prio …

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CHARLOTTE BLUNDY

Charlotte is responsible for supporting the operational and financial management of SPRING. She has over five years of experience in the operational management of social and economic empowerment and g …

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Cherehani Kenya

Kenya Pursues financial inclusion through asset financing of sewing machines and provision of business loans.

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Deutsche Bank

Deutsche Bank provides commercial and investment banking, retail banking, transaction banking and asset and wealth management products and services to corporations, governments, institutional investor …

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DFAT

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)’s purpose is to help make Australia stronger, safer and more prosperous by promoting and protecting our interests internationally and cont …

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DFID

The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme global poverty by creating jobs and building vibrant local economies.

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DOCTOR SEARCH

Doctor Search is expanding the reach of medical care in Kenya to under-served women and girls, both in rural and urban areas. It connects users to doctors and other clinicians via its website and app. …

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Doh Eain

Myanmar Creating safe and accessible public spaces for communities through collaborative urban renewal in Yangon

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DOT AND LINE

Pakistan Dot & Line centres will be the first quality, low cost solution for the $5 billion tuition market in Pakistan. We create scalable learning environments, enabling women to gain meaningful …

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DR. REBECCA CALDER

Rebecca is a thought leader and world-class expert in the sphere of economic empowerment of adolescent girls. She has more than 20 years of experience as a gender and social exclusion adviser and has …

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DRINKWELL

Bangladesh Addressing Bangladesh’s arsenic water crisis, affecting over 20 million people, through entrepreneurship. Drinkwell sells and services water filtration systems in arsenic-prone areas to rur …

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EARTHENABLE

EarthEnable are an affordable flooring company opening up a high-growth market for home improvement in Rwanda. Dirt floors are breeding grounds for disease and pose a health threat to women and girls …

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EASYPAISA

Pakistan Easypaisa is Pakistan’s leading mobile banking service, with over 20 million active customers and 75,000 touch points across the country. Easypaisa will be launching a savings product focused …

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EcoFuels Kenya (EFK)

Kenya Developing organic agricultural and energy products from croton nuts to address rural poverty.

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Edkasa

Pakistan Using a virtual classroom platform to provide quality teachers to female secondary pupils

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Ejaad Tech

Pakistan Enabling girls to engage in STEM-subjects by supplementing the school curriculum with at-home experiments

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Emily Waters

Emily is part of the SPRING Monitoring & Evaluation Team, helping to capture and interpret the results of our work. She has over 10 years of experience in research and M&E for development prog …

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ENGRO

Pakistan Engro produces a range of fresh and processed branded dairy. They will be launching a subsidised, youth focused, enhanced dairy product for better child and adolescent nutrition.

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ENSIBUUKO

Ensibuuko is a mobile banking solution that allows savings and credit co-operatives to expand their reach to unbanked and under-served populations. Ugandan farmers, many of them adolescent girls and y …

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Fahad Ifaz

After spending a few years at Katalyst; a pro-poor Market Systems Development program and at the World Bank, Fahad co-founded EDGE Consulting. EDGE specializes in economic, business and innovation at …

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FINANCE TRUST BANK

Finance Trust Bank is a microfinance bank built by women, for women. It empowers entrepreneurs across sectors with personalised loans to help scale their businesses. Girls in Uganda need safe and easi …

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FUSEPROJECT

Global experts in Human-Centred Design. fuseproject designs brands and gets products to market, from game-changing startups to world icons like One Laptop Per Child. Clients include Facebook, Pepsi, P …

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GOATS FOR WATER

Pakistan Goats for Water has an innovative finance model for off-grid, rural communities with solar water and home lighting solutions exchanged for livestock at peak value. We will examine girl impact …

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GravityLight

Kenya Offers a clean, safe and affordable lighting alternative to kerosene lamps, used by over 1.1 billion people worldwide.

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GREEN CREDIT

Green Credit is a microfinance lending institution providing finance for women and adolescent girls to launch businesses. A lack of easy access to capital cripples many girls’ startups, from roadside …

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GROWTHAFRICA

A leading African business scale-up accelerator. They grow local and international startups and businesses into exceptional enterprises through business acceleration activities, strategic advice and a …

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HAUTE BASO

Haute Baso is an innovative fashion boutique servicing the global market with jewellery, bags, and apparel drawn from Rwanda’s vibrant culture and history. Haute Baso incorporates female artisans into …

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HOGAN LOVELLS

Hogan Lovells is a leading global law firm providing business-orientated legal advice and high-quality service across its exceptional breadth of practices to clients around the world. Find out more ab …

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Honey Care Africa

East Africa Sustainable beekeeping via a network of smallholder farmers, increases rural farming families’ incomes production of honey and honey snacks, purchased at fair market prices

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Illuminum Greenhouses

Kenya Provides greenhouses and drip irrigation kits equipped with solar powered sensors

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Impact Yangon – Eden

Myanmar Using jewellery to raise awareness and provide livelihoods and support services to trafficked women and girls

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iSocial

Bangladesh iSocial works through a network of ‘Kallyanis,’ women entrepreneurs, who bring an assortment of women and girl focused products and technology door to door. They are refining their assortme …

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Jeeon

Bangladesh Improving girls’ access to affordable healthcare by upgrading their local providers

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JEEVAN BIKAS SAMAJ – Nawa Bihani

Nepal Jeevan Bikas Samaj (JBS) is a national level NGO in Nepal implementing a microfinance program for poor and vulnerable people. It has achieved significant outcomes in microfinance service, income …

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JIBU

Jibu provides a water purification and distribution model that entrepreneurs can implement across East Africa. Safe, affordable drinking water is a scarcity in underserved urban areas, and fetching it …

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KADAFRICA

KadAfrica has an innovative model for unlocking earning potential from agribusinesses. Ugandan schoolgirls are often tasked with farming but lack the access to modern techniques and adequate land to m …

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KALPAVRIKSHA GREATER GOODS

Nepal Kalpavriksha Greater Goods (KGG) is a women led wholesale distribution network that sells solar lights and other clean technology to the rural community of Nepal. They are looking to diversify t …

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Kasha

Rwanda Sells and delivers women’s health care products through a technology platform

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KHENZ

Khenz is a software company pioneering e-ticketing solutions and developing other electronic systems for public transportation in Rwanda. Carrying cash can be dangerous for girls, and most e-ticketing …

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KIDOGO

Kidogo is an affordable early childhood development (ECD) service with the potential to serve a huge market of working mothers in high-density urban populations. The burden of childcare often restrict …

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Koe Koe Tech

Myanmar Using tech to reach women and girls with information and resources on sexual and reproductive health

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Leaping Boundaries

Bangladesh Giving girls in Madrasas access to psycho-social and STEM education and share their stories

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Lisa Schieble Willems

AlphaMundi is an impact investing firm providing debt and equity financing to profitable and scalable social ventures. Prior to joining Alpha Mundi in 2013, Lisa was the Director of Investments at the …

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Mayalogy

Bangladesh Providing girls with guidance on mental health and other topics

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MicroHealth Initiative

Tanzania Healthcare insurance for low income earners

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Mode

Kenya Provides consumers with savings, personal finance and credit solutions

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NEXSOURCE – UHEALTH

Pakistan An innovative model for telemedicine and EMR, operated by entrepreneurs; delivers its services through rural clinics and electronic diagnostics by sharing real time patient data to remote doc …

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Nick Norman

Nick has over 14 years’ experience in retail and mobile payments industries. He has helped leading financial institutions, mobile network operators, retailers, acquirers and their suppliers to formula …

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Özlem Fidanboylu

As an Associate at Hogan Lovells’ Antitrust, Competition and Economic Regulation, Özlem focuses on all aspects of EU competition law, with particular experience in multi-jurisdictional merger control, …

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PALLADIUM

Palladium develops and delivers solutions that create positive impact for communities, businesses, societies and economies. For 50 years, Palladium has supported the design, planning, implementation a …

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Pankalay

Myanmar Providing menstrual health solutions for girls and changing the narrative around menstrual health

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PARITRAN – Fightback

Nepal Paritran is helping a generation of girls by rolling out a holistic training program aimed towards managing the risk of sexual harassment, physical assaults and rape. Girls should be able to bui …

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PATRICIA JUMI

Patricia has worked across Africa and Europe building international partnerships to help East African startups flourish. She is the Managing Director of GrowthAfrica, which has helped more than 1500 E …

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PayGo

Kenya Fuel-stove company using mobile money and smart meter technology to sell gas on a pay-as-you-go basis.

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Play Nepal

Nepal Encouraging girls to participate In sporting activities to boost their physical and mental health

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R&D INNOVATIVE SOLUTION

Nepal Creating economic opportunities among the farming communities of Nepal by converting low profitable traditional agriculture occupation into sustainable inter-connected entrepreneurial venture. R …

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RAMONA LIBEROFF

Ramona has experience in her 20+ year career as a tech for good entrepreneur and long-time angel and social investor, committed to innovation and gender equity and access to finance. She previously le …

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REBECCA SPOHRER

Rebecca has 6+ years of experience in development program design, management and learning. Previously at the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), Rebecca provided technical and managerial su …

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Resonate

Rwanda Uses public speaking training to build self-confidence and unlock leadership potential of women and girls

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Rizq

Pakistan Tackling food insecurity and girl malnutrition though a network of food banks

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Robot Wala

Pakistan Promoting STEM education to students from low income backgrounds.

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ROO ROGERS

Roo works at the intersection of business innovation and entrepreneurial methodology. As a consultant to executive leadership teams, Roo has created transformative growth strategies across financial, …

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ROOSTER LOGIC

Nepal Rooster Logic plans to use a nationwide network of girl enumerators to capture high quality, real time information across Nepal. This information will be used for decision-making by government a …

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SABAQ

Pakistan Delivering high quality digitally-based education curriculum targeted at low income students

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SafeBoda

Uganda Community of motorcycle taxi drivers, changing urban mass transportation

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SANIVATION

Sanivation is an innovative waste collection service that brings better hygiene, dignity and eco-efficiency to the sanitation sector. The lack of sanitary toilets in homes creates health risks for gir …

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SARA LEEDOM

Sara Leedom is the COO of African Entrepreneur Collective with 15 years experience growing and managing social impact organisations, providing operations and fundraising strategy to growing nonprofits …

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SARE MILLERS

Sare Millers are a one-stop shop for livestock and poultry farmers that address Kenya’s growing need for protein-rich, affordable animal feeds. In addition to its feeds, Sare Millers educates adolesce …

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SEHAT KAHANI

Pakistan Sehat Kahani provides affordable and quality healthcare to marginalised communities via nurse-assisted video consultations, looking at how to enhance the service experience and maximise acces …

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SHEKINA ENTERPRISE

Shekina Enterprise is an agro-processing company that specialises in dry goods. They are a pioneer firm in the dried cassava leaves market, with the potential to turn the leaves into an international …

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SheSays

SheSays is an award-winning global organisation offering free mentorships, networking and events to women in the creative industry. They are mainly supporting us on the organisation of the Internation …

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SHREENAGAR AGRO FARM

Nepal Shreenagar, as a large national agribusiness, wants to increase both business and nutritional impact by encouraging adolescent girls to eat more eggs for affordable high quality protein.

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Smart Impact Capital

Smart Impact Capital, part of Duke University Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship, addresses the needs and common pitfalls of impact entrepreneurs seeking to raise investment capital …

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SMARTPAANI

Nepal SmartPaani has an innovative water management solution for rainwater harvesting, water filtration and wastewater treatment, to tackle the increasing shortage of safe water in Nepal. Greater avai …

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Sparrow Pay

Nepal Building leadership roles for girls through digital payments

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SUNAULO PARIVAR NEPAL

Nepal Sunaulo Parivar Nepal provides a wide range of services to meet sexual and reproductive health needs of young people, with commercially sustainable after-school sports and technology clubs to br …

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SUZANNE BIEGEL

Suzanne has more than 30 years of experience in entrepreneurship, training and communications, and investing for social impact. Over the course of her career she has occupied executive, manager, board …

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SWITCH – ZOYA

Pakistan Zoya is a mobile app that will deliver health and wellness information to adolescent girls via mobile phones. The App will also connect adolescent girls to locate physicians and health care f …

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Telemed

Ethiopia Provides reliable and affordable access to health care services through technology platform

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The Himalayan Rabbit Farm

Nepal Providing affordable nutrition and economic opportunities for girls through rabbit farming

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THE YARD CREATIVE

The Yard Creative is a privately owned, award winning design studio based in South London. Their core design services include interior design, graphic design, strategy, branding and research.

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TINY TOTOS

Tiny Totos is a social enterprise that works in informal settlements to provide affordable and safe childcare services to preschool children. Working in partnership with existing daycare ventures, the …

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TOTOHEALTH

Totohealth is a free pregnancy and early childhood text-message service with a pioneering funding model for the health sector. In too many cases, young mothers lack the information they need to keep t …

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Totohealth Tanzania

Tanzania Provides health education and access to products to parents to ensure safe birth giving

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Ubongo

Tanzania Brings children localized, fun and inspirational learning resources and services

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USAID

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provides economic, developmental, and humanitarian assistance to help end extreme global poverty.

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Valere Twagirayezu

Valere is a start-up investor in East Africa and a founding member and President of Luxembourg Africa Investments Association. Prior to his position at Deloitte, he was the Assistant Vice President an …

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VILLAGE ENERGY

Village Energy provides solar repair services to homes across East Africa. In rural communities, families lack access to energy sources and resort to potentially harmful and expensive kerosene product …

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Women In Digital

Bangladesh Promoting IT skills and careers to girls through access to training and role models

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Wonder Tree

Pakistan Providing cognitive and physical AR-based educational games to children with special needs

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YVES BÉHAR

Yves is the Founder of fuseproject and an award-winning industrial designer and entrepreneur. He has extensive experience in developing innovative product solutions and taking them to scale in emergin …

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ZIA IMRAN

Zia is an entrepreneur, inventor and startup adviser who is currently involved in a project building home automation and energy saving devices based on IoT technologies. He is the founding member of P …

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