Gebeya Inc. CEO Among Top 10 Finalists for Jack Ma's ABH Prize

Gebeya Inc. CEO Among Top 10 Finalists for Jack Ma’s ABH Prize

ADDIS ABABA – Amadou Daffe, CEO and Co-Founder of Addis Ababa-based Gebeya Inc., is among the top 10 finalists in Africa’s Business Heroes (ABH) Prize Competition 2022.

The competition, an initiative backed by the Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Philanthropy, announced this year’s top 10 finalists this week.

The announcement comes after an intense round of semi-finale business pitches and judging held on September 30 at the Kigali Convention Centre.

Over 21,000 applications from all 54 African nations partake in this year’s competition.

The finalists, including Ethiopian entrepreneur and CEO of Gebeya Inc. Amadou, were selected through multiple stages of evaluation.

The other finalists, in alphabetical order by country, are:

– Flavien Kouatcha Simo, Managing Partner of Save Our Agriculture Sarl of Cameroon,

– Amena Elsaie, Co-Founder of Helm Consulting of Egypt,

– Nadia Gamal El-Din, Founder and CEO of Rahet Bally of Egypt,

– Prince Agbata, Co-Founder and CEO of Coliba Waste Management Services Limited of Ghana,

– Tesh Mbaabu, Co-Founder and CEO of Marketforce Technologies of Kenya,

– Francine Munyaneza, Founder of Munyax Eco of Rwanda,

– Shona Mcdonald, Founder and Executive Director of Shonaquip Social Enterprise of South Africa,

– Elmarie Pereira, Chief Operations Executive, Co-Founder & Acting CEO of Memeza Shout (PTY) Ltd of South Africa, and

– Elia Timotheo, Founder and CEO of East Africa Fruits Co. of Tanzania.

“These top 10 finalists are sources of inspiration for other entrepreneurs in Africa,” says Jason Pau, Executive Director of International Programs at Jack Ma Foundation. “We wish all of them the very best of luck for the final pitch in November.”

The top 10 finalists will next take the stage at the competition’s grand finale in November 2022 for their final pitch to win a share of a US$1.5 million prize pool. The winner of the first prize will walk home with a US$300,000 grant to fuel their further business growth.

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