Areej Al Medinah

Country: Pakistan

Company: ConnectHear


Website: connecthear.org

Facebook: @connecthearofficial

Instagram: @connecthear


Areej is the co-founder of ConnectHear, a social entrepreneurial start-up that connects the deaf community with sign language interpretation services. ConnectHear uses technology and social design to grant 10 million deaf individuals access to interpreters through video remote, in person interpretation or audio to sign language services in Pakistan. Areej’s vision is to provide independent communication for deaf individuals all over South Asia.

Shahzad Younas

Country: Pakistan

Company: EyeAutomate

School: Superior University 

Inspired to solve the problem of enabling the disabled, Shahzad Younas and his four co-founders launched EyeAutomate, a voiceless and hands-free technology that uses eye gaze interaction to assist the disabled. With his passion to face any obstacles and a strong belief in himself, in the next three years, Younas envisions EyeAutomate as the first complete solution for all types of disabilities.


Muhammad Asad Raza

Company: Neurostic

School: National University of Sciences and Technology


Asad Raza is the Founder and CEO of Neurostic.

Neurostic is an enterprise healthcare company with products ranging from Clinical Decision Support Systems, Smart Health Monitors to Prosthetics. Neurostic is primarily working on diagnosis, monitoring and rehabilitation of people with movement disorders particularly Parkinson’s disease. Additionally, Neurostic provides clinical trial services to other drug and medical device companies.


Neurostic has recently collaborated with National University of Medical Sciences Rawalpindi to use their affiliated hospitals as test beds for Research & Development. One of Neurostic’s products won the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Award in Taipei Taiwan in December 2016. Neurostic has also published its research in International Conferences & Journals.


With projected 409.9 billion dollar wearable healthcare market in 2019, Asad wants Neurostic to become a leader among healthcare companies in the developing world.



Tokologo Phetla

Company: Moneytree Group (also Student Investor)

School: WITS University

Moneytree Group (Pty) Ltd is a niche Media and Publishing business. Founded by three young entrepreneurs, invested by the 52 year-old Group MD of JM BUSHA Investment Group (www.jmbusha.com), we aim to be a catalyst for nation-building through offering quality, credible and relevant Media and Publishing products. Our flagship product is the Moneytree magazine with current operations in South Africa and Zimbabwe (www.moneytreegroup.co.za).


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Bernard Momanyi

Company: Briglobe LLC

School: University of Nairobi

“Briglobe LLC is a young holding company that builds solutions in Education,Healthcare,Business Commerce and Finance.Our Flagship product is called Onesha(currently operating under the website www.briglobe.com) Onesha enables young people especially students showcase their Skills,talents,abilities,projects done and their experiences in internship/work to employers and professionals with an interest in them by use of visual content.”


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Blessing Ijoma

Company: Oxhib Ltd

School: Michael Okpara University of Agriculture

We connect SME companies with our In-house staff where we offer our ICT related products and services. We are changing the way companies do business, transforming public service delivery and democratizing innovation.


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Abdullah Ahmed

Company: CricFlex

School: National University of Sciences & Technology (NUST)

“We are a tech company working on our first product CricFlex. CricFlex is the world’s first wearable to detect illegal bowling actions in cricket. Cricket is the 2nd most popular game in the world with around 120 million players playing professionally. The biggest controversy in cricket is “”Chucking”” i.e. a bowler bowling at an arm angle greater than 15 degrees. Currently, there is no method for the on spot detection of chucking. A bowler is marked as suspected by the on field umpires through naked eye and then he has to go to a biomechanics lab for testing, and the results come out after 21 days, making the whole process a very subjective and inefficient one. So, we have come up with a low cost, state of the art, aesthetically designed wearable for the real time monitoring and analysis of bowling action in cricket. The device communicates to a smart phone using Bluetooth and a complete visual and graphical analysis is performed.”


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Diana Mbogo

Company: Millennium Engineers

School: University of Dar Es Salaam

We design, construct and sell wind turbines to households in areas with potential wind speed. We don’t import any material for construction of these turbines. We also provide the services of installation and maintenance of the turbines. Our main objective is to provide sustainable, reliable and efficient electric power generation sources using wind energy.


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Alice Igiraneza

Company: Life-changing ltd

School: University of Rwanda

Life-changing do mushroom farming intending to move into transformation, conservation, and packaging for export; which impacts directly on disease prevention mostly all diseases that relate to lack of vitamins or malnutrition influencing the economic growth of the society by providing employment and a cheap crop which can be available in all environments where its cultivation doesn’t require much energies, time and space because you can even cultivate it inside the house using baskets.


Ommy Mushota

Company: Marina Roberts

School: University of Lusaka (UNILUS)

Marina Roberts is a creative shop, I sale clothes, jewelry and home accessories from different countries. Sometimes, I usually sale my things on Sunday market which is a market at a shopping mall called Arcades, where people sale most of their creative things like furniture, clothing, and many more, I engage in personal selling from home as well.