Jun 21, 2018 Aino Piirtola
Slush GIA Impact Showcase Winner 2017 – GebeyaNet
GebeyaNet is an Ethiopian impact-driven startup that facilitates food sales between farmers and consumers, connecting them with suitable logistical solutions through their platform. The founder, Christian Tesfaye, attended Slush Helsinki in 2017 and pitched his way to the finals of the GIA Impact Showcase – and went all the way to win the competition.
According to Christian, Slush GIA was a great way to see what kind of opportunities are available in the global markets, in addition to meeting and sharing experiences with other founders taking part in the program. For him, Slush GIA was a way to grow and learn as an entrepreneur. As a winner of the Impact Showcase, GebeyaNet received a wide media coverage and brand recognition in Ethiopia, helping them to grow locally. In addition, Christian has been invited to speak at the Bayer Foundation Day and GebeyaNet is nominated for the Aspirin Social Innovation Award.
First Startup to Raise Venture Funding in Mozambique – Izyshop
Izyshop from Mozambique is the first startup from the country to raise international VC funding – thanks to Slush GIA. As an online supermarket connecting local producers with buyers, Izyshop is now transforming the way consumer food market functions in Mozambique.
As a winner of the prior Slush GIA Impact Showcase – and the first Mozambican startup to bring home an international award – Izyshop gained a lot of visibility and recognition locally. This helped them to initiate more profound conversations with investors to raise funding. In addition, Slush GIA gave them the pragmatic toolkit to build their pitch and communicate it more efficiently, which further facilitated this startup’s success.
HealthTech from South Africa – HearX Group
HearX Group is a startup providing mobile solutions to detect hearing loss. HearX Group has been scaling up extremely fast and has recently expanded their reach with the help of international investors and partners.
Participation to Slush in 2015 worked as a catalyst to boost their growth: the company connected with a foreign investor, which eventually led to their first funding round with angel investors in Singapore. Since then, HearX Group the company has grown from a two-person office to a company employing 26 people.They are present in more than 25 countries and successfully raised a series A round of $2 million. Next, they are planning their next funding round for the end of 2018.
Slush Global Impact Accelerator (GIA) is a program created in collaboration with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and other global partners to support startups in emerging markets offering sustainable and social impact solutions. 19 startups flew to Helsinki on Dec 27 for the Slush GIA bootcamp with inspiring training sessions, workshops and company […]
Whether you’re convincing a potential customer or a potential investor you need to be able to talk about your service or product. Pitching is fundamental, both on a business level and in life in general. Any conversation from the big to the small is about convincing the person you have in front of you. Jillian […]
We’ve reached the moment that Slush GIA entrepreneurs have been waiting for – the Slush GIA Bootcamp. A total of 35 guests from 15 different countries came over to Helsinki for a week full of workshops, smaller gatherings and sessions to prepare them for the main days of Slush. Here are a few of the […]
Only few days left until the showtime! Slush GIA (Slush Global Impact Accelerator, a program created together with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and other global partners to help startups in emerging markets and promote sustainable entrepreneurship) will kick off on 27 Nov with the bootcamp program. Although many of the GIA events […]
Training entrepreneurs can be a tricky task, especially if they’re all from different countries and very diverse backgrounds. Besides the week of preparations taking place in Helsinki before Slush, we’re hosting a series of online training workshops for the GIA 2018 founders. This way we are making sure that they have all the resources they […]
Time to introduce you to the last batch of startups we’ve selected for Slush’s Global Impact Accelerator Program of 2018. You can check out the previous posts here. All GIA startups share the same important mission: to offer truly sustainable solutions for emerging markets. That’s where the similarities end – companies come from a wide […]
We’re continuing our series of intros of startups selected for GIA 2018: the aim of the program is to bring the startups attempting to impact on people’s lives and communities in emerging markets forward. How can you fight youth unemployment via an app? How to make giving birth safer at low cost? These, amongst many […]
We’ve just selected more startups to be featured on the Slush GIA 2018 program with the big mission of offering sustainable solutions to – well, everything. These startups are sponsored by International Trade Center, Sais Programme (SAIS), BioFISA II Programme and Serbia Innovation Fund. These funding organizations have one goal in common: to develop and […]
It’s an honor to introduce you to the first five startups from emerging markets selected for the Slush GIA – Global Impact Accelerator – 2018 program with the mission of offering sustainable solutions. All the selected startups will come to Helsinki on 27th November for nine intensive days filled with workshops, side-events and Slush. The […]
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