WHAT IS SOCIAL INNOVATION, AND WHY DOES IT MATTER?

WHAT IS SOCIAL INNOVATION, and WHY DOES IT MATTER? -..Included in the program of the 2018 South African Innovation Summit was the Social Innovation Summit, powered by Activate! This is a network that aims to empower young African entrepreneurs. Reaffirming the importance of supporting, sponsoring and amplifying the ideas that are coming to life close to home, Activate! Change Drivers chief executive Chris Meintjes

COMPANY – AFROES- KENYA AND SOUTH AFRICA

FOUNDER (S) – Anne Githuku-Shongwe INSPIRATION TO START THE BUSINESS. Afroes (the name comes from a play on the words African Heroes and Heroines), was founded by Anne Githuku Shongwe and was inspired by conversations with her own children. She worried that they weren’t being exposed to any positive African media content and that their ideas and aspirations for Africa were being influenced by

COMPANY- MITIMETH – NIGERIA

FOUNDER – Achenyo Idachaba INSPIRATION TO START THE BUSINESS. Born in the US, Achenyo, had a deep conviction to return to Nigeria and do some social good. She had spent more than half of her life in the U.S., but she had also spent part of my childhood and early adult years in Nigeria. Her parents strongly believed in the possibility of a better

ESPINNACHEA-INNOVATIONS-SOUTH-AFRICA-FOUNDER-S-LUFEFE-NOMJANA

ESPINNACHEA INNOVATIONS – South AfricaFOUNDER (S) Lufefe Nomjana BACKGROUND OF FOUNDERLufefe had a difficult childhood, and was separated from his mother due to her inability to support the family. He states, “At 13, I began working at a supermarket and earned R20 for my family. My eldest brother hustled as well and we supported each other as family members. My aunt lived close to

COMPANY- SLATECUBE, FOUNDER – CHRIS KWEKOWE

COMPANY- SLATECUBE https://www.slatecube.comFOUNDER – Chris Kwekowe INSPIRATION TO START THE BUSINESSIn 2014, twelve 300 level students, mostly Chris’s classmates interned at Microbold, his first startup. Two months into the six months that the internship was meant to last, another classmate who had just arrived Lagos asked to take part in the internship but due to distance he wouldn’t be able to make it. At that

HEALTH – E – NET – KENYA

http://www.health-e-net.org FOUNDER (S) –   Dr. Pratap Kumar INSPIRATION TO START THE BUSINESS The diagnosis of a serious illness takes heavy emotional and financial toll on the sick and their families. Patients also have to make tough decisions on the choice of medical care. In many African countries, access to second opinion consultations can be challenging since most have a shortage of specialist doctors. And often

REPURPOSE BAGS – SOUTH AFRICA

REPURPOSE BAGS – South Africa FOUNDER (S)- ThatoKgatlhanye, Co-founder Rea Ngwane INSPIRATION TO START THE BUSINESS When she was 21, Thato Kgatlhanye and her friend, Rea Ngwane, then 22, decided that they wanted to help their community. “When we looked around there was nothing we wanted to be a part of, so we decided we would build whatever it was that we wanted to

SUNSWEET SOLAR – TANZANIA

FOUNDER (S): George Mtemahanji, Manuel Rolando, Co-founder & CTO INSPIRATION TO START THE BUSINESSGeorge left his home in 2003 at only nine years of age, as his mother took him to Italy in search of new work opportunities. However, eight years later he returned home, and upon seeing that the same energy problems still afflicted his hometown, he decided to find a solution. George

ANNE DRANE, CHAMPIONING ARTISAN WOMEN IN KENYA WITH HER SLOW FASHION BRAND SAWA SAWA COLLECTION

Startup Story – Anne Drane, founder of The Sawa Sawa Collection (Kenya/USA) One of the biggest challenges for women artisans in Kenya is getting their handcrafted products into global markets. The Sawa Sawa Collection, founded by Anne Drane and her co-founders looks to help change that narrative, empowering women to make a sustainable living from their work and contribute to local economic empowerment. LoA

FROM TRYING OUT DIFFERENT VENTURES, FEMI OYEDIPE HAS FOUND HER SUCCESS IN CHOCOLATE MAKING.

In Nigeria, starting and running a business – any business, is no walk in the park, as countless entrepreneurs have failed repeatedly. Hence, starting and successfully scaling a business, is a feather only few can lay claim to. Co-founder and CEO of Loshes Chocolate, Femi Oyedipe, was a guest on the Nairametrics Business Half Hour, where she shared her start-up story and succeeding in