Day 19: SLUSH!

A different evening program on Thursday: We spent the evening at the SLUSH 2015 local competition. 14 Ethiopian Start Up teams wanted to present themselves, their ideas and future plans to a jury of five, coming from different areas of economy, media and university. The three winners of the SLUSH competition would then be invited to Norway for the final presentation and there have the chance to win 500.000 usd price money.

The special challenge: each team had only 3min to present – and the timekeeper was forced to stop the team even though the presentation wasn’t finished. The outcome was amazing: in really only three minutes pitches the presenters gave an overview about their start-up ideas, their concepts, their financials and their vision for the projects.

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The ideas presented moreover showed how innovative and diverse the Ethiopian start up culture is: a traffic app for Addis, ovens made of mud for refugees, a new kind of water pump and even the first local cloud technology company introduced themselves. What made the evening a very special success was the fact that the second place was won by one of the SAP Social Sabbatical projects: Congratulations to AhadooTec and their computer based learning platform providing mobile access to school content for kids and teachers!

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Celebrating AhadooTecs Success

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