Nowadays, quite a number of African entrepreneurs are striving in the business. Although they are not as successful as the famous ones in Silicon Valley, these great individuals are leading fast growing companies in fields of engineering, medicine, technology, education and more. We’ve managed to put together a list of them.
These individuals are young innovators who’re making a great impact just as much as their western contemporaries, which definitely plays a major role in shaping Africa’s future.
Here’s a sneak peek at our list of 5 of the best young African innovators making a name for themselves in the entrepreneur world:
#1. Arthur Zang
Inventor of Cardiopad and Founder of Himore Medical Equipment
First on our list of great innovators is Arthur Zang, founder and inventor of Africa’s first medical tablet, named the Cardio Pad, which is quite amazing, as it offers healthcare workers in the rural areas to perform heart examinations like electrocardiogram (ECG) and then sends the results to experts in urban areas electronically. It’s very time consuming for rural inhabitants to travel to the city to get tested, so it gives them the opportunity to get quicker results and save time. The Cardio Pad is also more affordable than other similar products on the market.
Arthur and his company are hoping to produce other medical devices such as ultrasound equipment that can be extended to the rural areas.
#2. Alain Nteff
Founder, Gifted Mom
At the age of 20, young Alain realized that a lot of women were facing tragedies like death upon giving birth, so he decided to make a change. He started paying visits to his medic friend, Conrad Tankou in rural Cameroon and also visited multiple hospitals where pregnant women were expected to deliver. Later, with the help of his Pair, Conrad Tankout, they came up with Giften Mom, an SMS Service with the sole aim of providing new mothers with improved health and wellbeing during pregnancy.
Upon its initiation, Gifted Mom has a managed to acquire over 3,400 subscribers and has led to a 20 percent increase in antenatal attendance rate for women in over 21 rural communities.
‘’The problem of maternal and infant death is not just a woman’s issue — it’s a humanitarian issue. Everybody should take it seriously. We all have mothers, we all have sisters, and it’s not just a problem for women or girls.’’– Alain Nteff
#3. Raindolf Owusu
Founder, Oasis Websoft
Third on our list is Raindolf Owusu, Founder, and CEO of Oasis Websoft, who was regarded as the Mark Zuckerberg of Accra by Forbes Africa in late 2012. His company runs and is operated under him, and they’ve managed to develop the Anti web browser. He recently worked on Anansipedia, which is an amazing project that serves as an educational platform that helps less privileged students to have access to better educational resources.
“We hope in a few years we can expand our operations in other parts of Africa and to build a digital hub where Africans can learn more about emerging disruptive technologies like 3D printers, drones and how they can be used to improve our lives,” says Owusu
#4. Ellen Chilemba
Ellen Chilemba, one of the 5 winners of the Future Forward: Youth Innovations for Employment in Africa award, is a great humanitarian and philanthropist who devoted her life to easing the difficult challenges Malawi women face such as poor education, poverty, and deadly diseases.
Her organization empowers the women of the community through the provision of loans and education for less privileged students. In addition, the foundation also helps women find job opportunities for a better life.
#5. Ola Orekunrin
Medical Doctor & Founder, The Flying Doctors
Ola Orekunrin is the founder and Managing Director of Flying Doctors Nigeria Ltd, which is an ambulance service based in Lagos.
The tragic death of her sister, who was a victim of sickle cell anemia, and could not be cured due to poor healthcare services led Orekunrin to set up her company and make a change
The Flying Doctors is the first air ambulance service in Africa to provide excellent health care services such as an urgent helicopter, airplane ambulance and evacuation services, which enables victims in medical emergencies.
These young innovators definitely have played a huge role in shaping the future their continents. They still need our best support, nevertheless.