We are excited to be running our second accelerator programme in one of Africa’s most celebrated coffee producing economies, Ethiopia. The aim of this programme is to ensure that the entrepreneurs are given the necessary support to analyse their business, its reality and the obstacles to growth they face. This year’s cohort is comprised of 8 innovative ventures cutting across manufacturing, tech, nutrition, hospitality and edutainment industries. We are confident that each of the ventures will experience transformational growth and adoption of new techniques to sustain their growth.
To ensure that we maintain a high level of professionalism, we have a dedicated team of seasoned facilitators who are experienced entrepreneurs themselves who help the entrepreneurs understand our tools. Thereafter, the entrepreneurs together with their peers and the assigned Growth Catalyst begin working together on the process of understanding, analysing and questioning their business, its internal and external reality, the overall model and specific strategies.
Our Acceleration Programme is considered a success when these ventures can provide the employment and income generating opportunities that will create the social and economic transformation that is needed to sustain our continent’s path to wealth and well-being.
Meet the ventures here:
Founded four years ago, Africa 118 helps Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Ethiopia get discovered by providing digital marketing services for SMEs, database licensing and cconsumer local business search. Its target customers are SMEs in Ethiopia, mostly in import / export, tours and travels, private services and B2B (consulting, NGOs, etc.)
E-Adrasha gives users an easy way to get door-to-door directions to residential, commercial, and governmental locations. Founded in 2016, its target customers are big corporations, focusing on distribution and logistics market where these organisations can leverage their data to help them make better decisions.
Whiz Kids Workshop
WhizKids Workshop is an educational media social enterprise that provides human-centered materials which can drive knowledge gain and behavioral changes. Founded in September 2005, they target children and their families in Ethiopia and beyond, who are looking for engaging and relevant educational materials. EDE Garment & Textile Engineering
Fili Coffee Roasting is established as one of the leading speciality coffee roasters based in Addis Ababa. Their philosophy is driven by a passion for coffee and commitment to source and roast some of the highest quality Ethiopian coffee package. Made up of seasoned professionals, Fili Coffee delivers quality roasted coffee to shops, bistros, restaurants and cafes.
Founded in 2015, Vitabite Nutrition offers an education service by availing all the necessary recipe based nutrition sensitive information to parents, caregivers, development agents and health extension workers. This is done through different communication tools like books, SMS, cooking demonstration, website, mobile app and through trainings in urban and rural areas.
Meron by Leather Exotica
Leather Exotica designs, manufactures and distributes leather products that include bags, belts, wallets, tablet covers, wine holders and other custom designed orders. The business has been operational since 2010 and targets the local working class and expatriates in Ethiopia and the international market.
EDE Garment and textile Engineering
Founded in 2012, EDE Garment and Textile Engineering provides knitted garment (t-Shirt, kids wear and others) and woven garment (shirts and others). This venture has impacted over 95% of the lower level female workers through job creation and by providing training on how to operate various machines.
CTL understands that proper documentation is critical to organisations. They provide CTL cartridges that are specially engineered to match an organisation’s printer specifications thus saving on spending and transport cost if the business is in Addis. They guarantee a printing experience that equals or exceeds the original manufacturers’ guidelines in print quality and page yield.