For the summer, Startup Grind chapters around the world will be hosting #SGPitchBattles.
At Startup Grind Kigali, we will be hosting our Pitch Battle to select the top startups in Rwanda. The top 3 startups will get free membership into the Startup Membership Program. And for the winning startups, the Pitch Battle will be a gateway to participate in the Startup Grind Global Pitch Competition in September, and a chance to win many exciting prizes.
Westerwelle Startup Haus Kigali
Dusi is an Operations & Entrepreneurship Programme Manager at Westerwelle Startup Haus Kigali
Live. Learn. Grow. Explore. Empower
Work experience for a decade from sales since teenage age , coaching and mentoring small business through my business The HappyNes and being a marketing and networking personality in Rwanda and East Africa, Real estate business developer for investment, branding personality, investor and a pan-african.
Fascinated by improving lives and lifestyle through education, business and innovation enlighten my journey in empowering women and youth by entrepreneurship education and business development through business and leadership mentorship, market access and branding. That journey has enabled The HappyNes to exist and excel to serve communities. Being a CEO from my age of 20 for this company anchored my leadership as a business person where my leadership spirit has been driven by seeking to learn more, to understand better, work smarter and live my love.
Growing my career as a Professional networker, branding, content creator and sales personality expose me in exchange and partnership with small, medium and big brands seeking to explore my audience and networks on what can be offered to consumers. Interacting and understanding Rwandan, East African market and African market generally from one industry to another more specifically in arts, fashion, beauty, innovation and services support businesses, brands and businesses owners to boost their brands and sales from having a clear perspectives of their market expectations.
Being raised on a continent of millions of opportunities, millions of wealth and millions of threats hunted my soul to make a tangible impact to it with my skills, understandings and having. The first empowerment is within oneself however I am seek to share and explore those exciting opportunities which allows me invest also in our community, connect with me through my website alinekanimba.com on LinkedIn or @alinekanimba (Twitter, IG, YouTube)
East Africa Investments Ltd.
Sylvia Makario’s experience spans the fields of geospatial engineering and space technology. She holds a
Bachelor of Science in Geospatial Engineering and Space Technology from the University Of Nairobi, and
a Master of Science in Information Technology from Carnegie Mellon University. This has furthered her
dream in developing expertise in Spatial Information technology and leveraging it for societal benefits.
Examples include; her contribution towards combating climate change, gender related issues, and other
socio-economic problems in the society, with the key focus being the African continent.
She has worked with the United Nations and various other organizations, with the key contribution
focus being the use of space technology for socio-economic development. Notable among the projects
she was involved in include the use of space technologies to map; vulnerable groups in the informal
settlements (including women and children), environmental issues, climate change etc. This has further
provided her an opportunity and platforms to mentor young girls and women interested in Pursuing
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers.
In 2013, she co-founded a startup company, Geowiz services, while still a sophomore in Geospatial
Engineering and Space Technology at the University of Nairobi. This technology company focused on
utilizing Geospatial Technologies for social good. Her main role was on business development, fostering
partnerships, to enable the company deliver services to both the Public and Private sector and
organizing volunteer activities in that space in Kenya.
Sylvia Makario is currently a Global shaper Member at the Kigali Hub where she continues to offer her
time and expertise in developing societies in Rwanda and beyond. Alongside her volunteer activities, she
is the co-founder of Hepta Analytics (www.heptanalytics.com ), a machine learning and big data
analytics company registered both in Kenya and Rwanda, focused on working with organizations in the
African Continent, to make quality decisions faster, cheaper and on real time using the power of data.
She also writes for the Africa Space News website (the only space news website in Africa) where she
continues to share her passion in space technology, advocating for investments in the space technology
space in Africa as a possible and viable driver for change in all sectors.
Joanna Nicholas, Country Director of East Africa Investments (EAI) is an impact investor, social entrepreneur and consultant who has been working in Rwanda for the last 13 years. EAI focuses on seed funding and hands-on support for businesses in Rwanda with the potential for growth and a positive impact on the economy and society. Joanna identifies and supports EAI’s portfolio of start-ups, drawing on her experience running a social enterprise in Rwanda and her 20+ years as a Management Consultant to international organisations.
Ubukombe Pacifique is the CEO of Guardian Angels, an angel investment company targeting subsuharan startups and exceptional founders. He's at the same time CEO of P&P Capital, an investment firm that funds small and medium-sized businesses in Rwanda.
He's popularly known in the startups ecosystem when he used to be Community and Business Manager at KLab. Prior to joining kLab from 2014 to 2017, he worked as Sales and Marketing Executive for Rocket Internet Ventures such as Jumia and Jumia Food in Rwanda.
Ubukombe is a theoretical physicist and mathematician by academics combined with financial and accounting certifications such as CIFA, CFA and ACCA(in progress).
FreshBox Rwanda Ltd.
FreshBox Rwanda Ltd.