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aXd Fellows Program

axd Fellows Program is a pilot initiative of the Afro Deutsche Akademiker Netzwerk (ADAN e.V.) in collaboration with iSPACE Foundation. The purpose of the program is to connect local entrepreneurs in Africa with the diaspora in Europe via shared learning experiences and cultural exchange.

aXd Accra 2020

For the inaugural 2020 edition, we chose a group of five fellows from the African diaspora in Germany and connected them via our partner iSpace Foundation to five local Startups.

After going through the aXd Academy an extensive online training in which they were equipped with skills, methodologies and expert knowledge they travel to Accra to spend four weeks with their Startup on the ground.

Meet the Fellows and their Startups

Semret Haile, 26

Semret is from Frankfurt and has Eritrean roots. She has a masters degree in Industrial Engineering with a specialization on finance and accounting. Her work experiences range from risk accounting and production strategy to sales management. She speaks German, English, Tigrinya, and Italian fluently.

Task: Work on the user interface to make it more accessible for farmers

Cynthia Aveh, CEO Trusteefarm

Trusteefarm is a digital marketplace that wants to improve access to safe and traceable healthy agri- food products by leveraging on technologies like internet of things and blockchain. They connect the local farmers directly to potential buyers and trace the route.

Louisa Krüger, 26

Louisa is from Düsseldorf and has a Nigerian-German background. She is currently obtaining her bachelors degree in Marketing and gained work experience through various internships in the area of marketing and branding. She has travelled to and lived in various countries developing her intercultural competencies.

Task: Develop a marketing strategy to increase customer base

Nehemia Attiga, CEO HatuaTech

HatuaTech is a Startup that focuses on delivering technology services. Through the use of open source and proprietary technologies they offer custom web, mobile, desktop software solutions and more.

Darryl Mbolo, 28

Darryl is from Berlin and has Cameroonian roots. He has a masters degree in Industrial Engineering and Business Studies. His work experiences range from sales to process automation in the German automotive industry. He speaks German, English and French fluently.

Task: Structure the internal processes to become effective

Issifu Seidu, CEO Wopecar

Wopecar is a Startup that offer online based car- rentals. It is based in Accra and aspires to become the leading car rental platform in Ghana.

Kevin Owusu, 30

Kevin is from Berlin and has a Ghanaian-German background, he has a masters degree in Marketing and Branding Management and is currently working as a project manager for branding and marketing for the German capital Berlin. His work experiences includes advertising for clients such as Adidas, Converse, and Tinder. With his creative mind and experience he is able to adapt quickly and become the asset needed for a multitude of workspaces.

Task: Analyse the competitive market to derive learnings

Phil Aye-Darko, CEO Tukwan

Tukwan is a peer to peer travel platform designed as an app, matching tourists with trained local tour guides. The company aims at making Africa easily and affordably accessible through smart technology. The country-specific insights Tukwan has collected allow for authentic experiences and meeting new people.

Rebecca Mqamelo, 21

Rebecca is from Mthatha in South Africa. She is currently studying Economics and Computer Science at Minerva University, which has given her the opportunity to live and work in a multitude of countries such as India, Korea, and Germany. Her work experience is mainly based around Cryptocurrency. She speaks English, Afrikaans, Xhosa fluently.

Task: Revise Business proposal and develop more tailored solution

Richard Ardakwah, CEO Inusrerity

Insurerity is a one-stop shop for finding secure, reliable and affordable insurance. Its goal is to become the number one software as a service platform for insurance brokers in Ghana.

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The program is organized by the Afro Deutsches Akademiker Netzwerk (ADAN e.V.) and is funded by the Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ),

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