JumpStart Africa – New crowdfunding platform aimed to help local African entrepreneurs

Dec 15, 2013 • Articles, BusinessNo Comments

1394346_268599849956697_1751786372_nJumpstart Africa is a revolutionary new crowdfunding source website, aimed at lending support to the continent’s brightest minds. Jumpstart Africa creates a platform that will allow African entrepreneurs to raise money for their innovative and creative projects. It will also bridge the gap between Africa’s current banking system (that fails to help innovative African entrepreneurs emerge), and will operate with complete transparency so funders will know how their money is being utilized.

“Many avid supporters of Africa believe that aid given to Africa actually hurts Africa,” said Ahmed Zikrem, CEO & founder, Jumpstart Africa.  “We propose a new way of giving directly to an entrepreneur who is going to start a business that will solve a problem, provide jobs and stimulate local economies.  We want to empower the people of Africa – not give them a fish but help them to fish on their own.”

Exciting projects that will be featured on the launch of includes:

  • Unmanned Ariel Vehicle: Moses Gichanga from Kenya has developed a low-cost Unmanned Aerial Vehicle technology to help monitor and prevent poaching and the slaughter of wildlife in Africa.
  • Solar Cooking Stove: Rose Twine from Uganda has developed a low-cost smokeless solar stove that can also charge your phone and light your house for the price of only two months of regular charcoal consumption.
  • TeaBag Water Filter: Professor Eugene Cloete and his team at Stellenbosch University in South Africa have developed an affordable water filter called a “teabag” that fits into the neck of a standard sized water bottle.

Zikrem continued: “Did you know that many of the products used on a day-to-day basis by consumers around the world were invented by Africans – the traffic light, the elevator and the pressure cooker?  Obviously, these kinds of ideas have greatly impacted people worldwide and we have noticed that Africa’s talented entrepreneurs are growing in numbers and are creating innovative solutions that will propel Africa’s future.”

Jumpstart Africa have currently set up an Indiegogo campaign (www.igg.me/at/jumpstartafrica.com), with a funding goal of $40,000USD to generate the resources needed to find and help local African entrepreneurs in making their dreams and projects a reality.

To learn more about Jumpstart Africa, visit their Facebook page.

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