Alina is a young woman driven to solve the challenges of gender inequality and economic marginalization facing women in Zambia. Recognizing that a lack of skills and education was keeping a large number of women from becoming economically emancipated, Alina set up Youth Arize, a non profit that empowers women with tangible skills they can use to find or create work for themselves. Her organization teaches women between the ages of 16-35 practical skills like…
Transforming unusual natural ingredients into market-leading beauty products.
Awah grew up in Douala, Cameroon, and has always been drawn to nature and farming. His first foray intro entrepreneurship was tomato farming. A few years ago, a colony of snails invaded and attacked his tomato crop, and a passerby remarked how she had used snail mucin (slime) to heal a skin problem she once had.
Jidar Wall Art
Livening up interior spaces with creative murals and wall art
Farah is an artist and student from Cairo with a deep desire to uplift the creative economy in Egypt. She is the founder of Jidar Wall Art, a non-profit collective that harnesses the power of art to transform interior spaces into works of art. The company recruits artists to paint customized murals and re-design interiors for various businesses.
The Mainstream Magazine
Creating compelling digital content for African youth
Kondwani is a media and communications major at the University of Zambia. A natural born storyteller, Kondwani found her calling in the media and went on to found The Mainstream, a digital magazine that aims to tell authentic African stories. Since inception in 2016, the magazine has accrued a community of 500 registered subscribers and a social media following of 15,000 users.
Delivering life saving blood in Cameroon
Melissa is a nursing graduate and the founder of INFIUSS, an online blood bank and digital supply chain platform. Melissa founded INFIUSS after her experience working in a hospital and witnessing too many patient deaths as a result of hospitals failing to source compatible blood for life-saving transfusions.
Mohamed El Idrysy
Health Solutions INC
Providing high impact soft skills training for Moroccan health professionals.
Mohamed describes himself as a curious mind and a believer in bringing patient-centred healthcare to his community. In his analysis of the medical establishment in Morocco, Mohamed found that while medical professionals had the requisite technical medical knowledge, they often lacked soft skills needed to deliver a holistic and positive patient experience.