Africa

12 of Africa's brightest young entrepreneurs

By Peter Guest, for CNN

Updated 10:38 AM ET, Wed October 7, 2015
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Fabrice Alomo's MyAConnect aims to help small businesses in Africa to reach a wider audience and sell online. The company's AMoney payment solution allows customers to buy local goods, even without a bank card or account. Fabrice Alomo
George Mtemahanji is working to solve Tanzania's rural energy shortages through his startup SunSweet Solar. The company imports solar photovoltaic products from Europe and builds affordable small-scale power plants for homes and businesses. George Mtemahanji
Vanessa Zommi started Emerald Moringa Tea in Cameroon's Buea region when she was just 17. The company processes moringa, a local plant, into a healthy tea that aids digestion. Vanessa Zommi
Social entrepreneur Mabel Suglo's Eco-Shoes Project employs artisans with disabilities to manufacture shoes from recycled tires and textiles, creating employment and providing a sustainable market for waste products. Mabel Suglo
Chris Kwekowe launched Slatecube in 2014, a platform that helps students develop industry skills through series of self-paced online courses, field trips, bootcamps and virtual internship programs built in partnership with schools and organizations. The company was one of 50 startups selected to attend the 2015 MITx Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, U.S. courtesy Chris Kwekowe
Daniel Mukisa co-founded Transporter Corporation, a Kampala-based motorbike delivery service, in January while still a student at Makerere University. As e-commerce becomes increasingly popular in Uganda, Mukisa hopes Transporter Corporation will give vendors a cost-effective way to navigate Kampala's congested roads. Daniel Mukisa
Chantal Butare launched her Kinazi Dairy Cooperative in 2012 to help Rwandan genocide survivors, who had been given cows under a government assistance program, but who were struggling to sell and market their milk. The initiative now serves more than 3,200 farmers, and supplies markets in Rwanda and Burundi. Chantal Butare
Serial entrepreneur Karidas Tshintsholo launched Push Ismokol Clothing as a social enterprise in 2011, employing six people to make T-shirts, caps and sweaters. The brand has been showcased on South African television and endorsed by a number of local celebrities. UTC photo soc
In 2014 Farai Munjoma created Shasha Iseminar, an online education platform that provides an online library of course notes, past exam papers and career guidance for high school students in Zimbabwe. Some of the revenue generated by the service is used to contribute to school fees for marginalized rural students. Farai Munjoma
Sirjeff Dennis hopes to tackle malnourishment and poverty in rural Tanzania through poultry and vegetable farming. His company, Jefren Agrifriend Solutions, rears and sells day-old chicks to communities for meat and egg production. Sirjeff Dennis
Concerned by high drop-out rates and underperformance in Ethiopia's school system, Hidaya Ibrahim founded the Qine Association for Promoting Education Quality in 2013. QAPEQ brings together government, private education institutions and students to discuss educational development. Hidaya Ibrahim
Growing up in a poor community in Port Harcourt, Blessing Fortune Kwomo was in and out of hospital, unable to recover in her home environment. Now a nursing student, she founded De Rehoboths Therapeutic Studio to offer affordable post-care treatment for low-income families. Blessing Kwomo