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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.
As part of our Slush GIA program, a two-day bootcamp with interactive workshops was hosted at The Heartland Incubation Hub – Owerri, Nigeria. Their mission is to support young people in starting their business and help them create new opportunities in emerging markets with developing infrastructures. We were able to catch up with two people: Nina, […]
Last week, a new era for Slush Global Impact Accelerator kicked off. Slush hosted a workshop for startup hub managers – coming from five different countries – in Botswana. For the past three years, the GIA team has been running the program all the way from Finland. However, now we’ve decided to take off from […]
For the third year in a row, the Slush GIA Pitching Competitions were organized from June to October together with our local program partners in 20 countries all around the world: Kosovo, Serbia, Palestine, Lebanon, Jamaica, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Tunisia, Ethiopia, Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Zambia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Nepal, and India. The […]
Slush Global Impact Accelerator (GIA) was initialized in collaboration with the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and several global partners in 2015. The purpose of the program is to support impact startups from emerging markets. This year tens of entrepreneurs from 20 countries will join us in Helsinki in late November to accelerate their […]
Nicholas Haan, Director of Global Grand Challenges at Singularity University announced today at Slush: Finland will be hosting its first Singularity Global Impact Competitions in 2015. The winner is invited to attend the crown jewel – ten weeks’ Graduate Studies Program organized in California during the summer. Since its inception 2008, Singularity University has helped […]
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