Builders of Africa’s Future


Builders of Africa’s Future (BAF) is a session that celebrates innovation and impact in early stage African enterprise. BAF serves to showcase and award entrepreneurs who are running early stage for-profit and not-for-profits that are addressing Africa’s unique needs through technology or differentiated business models. These unique needs are in health, education, energy, financial inclusion, gender inclusion, nutrition, commerce, industrial development, and other socio-economic good.

Who are Builders?
Founders and executives of companies that meet the above description represent the stories we want the community to learn about developmental progress on the continent. These enterprises and their leaders are our builders. Selection criteria for builder enterprises

  1. Must be an established legal entity already in operation for 6 months or more with demonstrable early traction evidenced in growing usage, revenue or other metrics (not a pitch or prototype). The business should have a website, tangible digital or physical product or picture of more than one successful event over more than 6 months.
  2. Must be serving a need applicable to Africa’s socio-economic and climate – i.e. leverage Africa’s resources in agro, human capital, etc. or addresses its challenges (cannot be a clone of a western technology or business solution without differentiation).
  3. The entrepreneur must be able to attend ADIS 2019 in person (exceptions will only be made for last-minute travel conflicts). The purpose of this criterion is to allow the community and our sponsors to meet our recipients.

Secondary considerations in selecting builders

  1. Balanced gender representation among entrepreneurs. A sizeable portion of Africa’s entrepreneurs are women so our recipients must represent this.
  2. Reasonable geographic distribution. Africa consists of 54 countries North, West, East, Central and Southern regions. Builders should represent a reasonable distribution across these regions.
  3. Africa has several non English speaking countries that we should endeavor to represent, the Francophone bloc being the largest.
  4. We seek impact and innovation across sectors so we should avoid over-indexing on any one of them – e.g. multiple agro or energy companies.
  5. Africa’s development is two pronged, leveraging both for-profit and non profits alike. Our builders should represent both flavors of enterprise.

What can Builders expect from ADIS 2019?

Builders of Africa’s Future is intended to provide recognition (via an award) and a platform (via a presentation) so that the community can learn about the early successes of these enterprises.

To support these two objectives (1) Recognition and (2) Platform, Builders will:

  1. Receive complimentary tickets to ADIS 2019. Travel assistance is not provided but depending on sponsorship may be supported in limited quantity.
  2. Be invited to our Thursday and Saturday evening reception, be announced and have an opportunity to network with our panelists and speakers prior to the symposium and attendees during the weekend.
  3. Be awarded the Impact and Innovation Award at the Builders event at the end of the symposium.
  4. Be given 5 minutes to share their journey and early successes, as well as any partnership opportunities with the symposium.
  5. Be featured in our newsletter and symposium agenda before the event and in our newsletters and on social media after the event.
Tabitha Arenson Abimiku
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Virtouscore Ltd

Tabitha Arenson Abimiku is a microbiologist with over 7 years of leadership and management experience in program management, community advocacy and social intervention programs working in social empowerment focused non-profit organizations.She has a bachelor’s degree in microbiology, a master’s degree in Medical Microbiology and a PhD in Medical microbiology (in view). Tabitha is the founder and chief executive officer at Virtouscore Ltd where she manages all the business concerns of its subsidiary, VirtousPads, a company that produces reusable, eco-friendly sanitary pads and aims to provide affordable, healthy, biodegradable and sustainable sanitary pads to young girls in low-income communities.

Kanyinsola Adepoju
Kanyinsola Adepoju
Global Business Manager & Expansion, Flutterwave

Kanyinsola is the Global Business Manager of Expansion at Flutterwave, a global payments technology company building digital payments infrastructure, with a focus on the African market. Prior that that, she served as an analyst at Maze Analytics in Lagos, Nigeria, developing strategic solutions for clients to help improve competitive positioning in the market. She holds an MS in International and Development Economics from the University of San Francisco.

Jabulani Dlamini
Jabulani Dlamini
Founder and CEO, Sidingulwazi

An eco-warrior Jabulani Dlamini has been pioneering projects that cleans illegal dumping sites, converting them to communal vegetable gardens that provides food security and sustainable living within the community of my township Orange Farm, south of Johannesburg, South Africa. Among the projects is the food waste and organic waste collection that is converted to organic Bokashi compost which in turn is used at the communal gardens to grow crops.

Genesis Ehimegbe
Genesis Ehimegbe
Co-founder and CFO, Coliba

Previously, Genesis worked as a business developer in a software company, and then as management consultant. Genesis has a strong will to help make Africa an eco-responsible and sustainable continent that could serve as an example in terms of innovation, social inclusion and perfect mastery of its waste.

Mosoka P. Fallah
Mosoka P. Fallah, PhD
Acting Director General, National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL)

Dr. Mosoka P. Fallah completed his PhD in Immunology at the University of Kentucky. He subsequently studied Global Health, with a concentration in Infectious Disease Epidemiology, at the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. Upon graduation in 2013, he returned to Liberia to focus on maternal and child health in a country that was ravaged by civil war and that was trying to rebuild its health system. When the Ebola outbreak occurred, he leveraged his skills in epidemiology and program management to lead the Ebola response, launching an active case finding system that became a recognized model for epidemic control. For his work building community-level trust in the Ebola response, Dr. Fallah was named a Time Magazine Persons of the Year in 2014.

Tendekayi Katsiga
Tendekayi Katsiga
Founder, Deaftronics

Tendekayi is an award winning leader who founded Deaftronics (Pty) Ltd, is a Biotechnology company established in 2009, that manufactures affordable solar powered hearing aids, made by hearing impaired people for people with a hearing loss; its first solar-powered hearing aid unit was called Solar Ear. Further improvements to the Solar Charger Kit have led to the team developing the first rechargeable hearing aid battery, which lasts for 2-3 years and can be used in 80% of hearing aids on the market today. He trains hearing impaired people in Electronics Assembly.

Lou Louis Koboji
Lou Louis Koboji
Founder/Director Kajo Keji Health Training Institute

Lou Louis Koboji believes that South Sudan’s health system will be greatly strengthened through educating health workers at KKHTI. Lou Louis Koboj was born in South Sudan and grew as a refugee in Uganda. In addition to being one of African Visionary Fellows in Segal Family Foundation, Lou has also completed the Perennial Fellowship, Unreasonable East Africa’s Fellowship, and the United Nation Alliance for Civilization Fellowship. Lou was awarded with the Segal Family Foundation raising star award 2019 in New Jersey City. Lou holds Bachelors of Biomedical Laboratory Technology of Makerere University Kampala and he is currently in his second year in pursuit of a Bachelors of Medicine and Bachelors of Surgery.

Innocent Magambi
Innocent Magambi
Executive Director -There Is Hope

A refugee from birth, Innocent spent the first 27 years of his life in five refugee camps in four Eastern and Southern Africa. Despite facing much hurt along his journey, he never allowed the adversity to define him or to determine his destiny. Instead he became a change agent for fellow refugees and the host community in Malawi. Against all odds, he founded There is Hope, an organisation that aims at mitigating the effects of long-term displacement among refugees and generational poverty among Malawians by providing access to education (secondary school sponsorship for girls, university bursaries and vocational training), job creation through social enterprise Kibebe, leadership development and advocacy for refugee rights.

Joan Rukundo Nalubega
Joan Rukundo Nalubega
Founder, Uganics

Uganics is a Ugandan social business contributing to a malaria free world. Nalubega struggled with malaria growing up in a rural orphanage. After completing high school, she decided to turn her pain into an opportunity by fighting malaria. She has been featured on Al Jazeera, awarded Champions of Science Africa Innovation Challenge 2.0 2019, won the Anzisha Prize 2018 as 2nd Runner Up, recognized by Initiative Teilen (Germany) and TEF in 2017.  She was a mentor and Keynote speaker for the Anzisha Prize 2019 and was a guest at the Africa Innovation Summit 2018.

Madlala Nkanyiso
Madlala Nkanyiso
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Energy Efficiency (Pty) Ltd

Nkanyiso is an Energy Efficiency & Intelligent Lighting connoisseur with five years experience having worked alongside Government, Municipalities, Climate Change Adaptation & Mitigation Aficionados. He has been selected to Innovate Durban and is a participant of the prestigious Redbull Amaphiko Academy | 2019/20 | Redbull Amaphiko is a global programme that champions social entr epreneurs driving positive change in their corner of the world. Is part of the Durban Chemicals Cluster 2020 accelerator.

Diana Wilson
Diana Wilson
Yielding Accomplished African Women

Diana Wilson is a vibrant, articulate, and highly successful 23-year-old social entrepreneur, marketing strategist at Google, activist and global speaker. She was recognized as the ‘Next Black Female Mark Zuckerberg’ via Face2Face Africa. She has gone viral for her achievements via MTV and LinkedIn. She is a published author, being featured in We Will Lead Africa. A book that complies the stories of 32 top African female leaders today. All the same, Diana Wilson started from humble beginnings. She is the product of a diligent single mother, prayer and a constructive community of Newark, NJ.

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