The Future Awards Africa Prize in Technology (Ghana)
Kofi Genfi and Nii Osae Dade
This duo founded CYST, a software innovation company that specializes in artificial intelligence to create technology solutions in 2013.
CYST has a research arm called CYST Research Institute, which focuses on artificial intelligence-based research and development such as natural language processing.
In partnership with the telecommunications companies, CYST has access to over 15 million subscribers through its platforms. They count MTN Ghana, Vodafone Ghana, AirtelTigo Ghana, Unity Link and Data Protection Commission among their affiliates. It means over 15 million subscribers through its platforms.
CYST’s flagship product, Mazzuma, is a mobile money payment system that utilizes distributed secure infrastructure and cryptocurrency to enable seamless payments. The Mazzuma token, referred to as MAZ, is a key payment medium in the Mazzuma ecosystem. Transactions made on the Mazzuma platform are instantaneous.
Co-Founder of MapTech Logistics. The problem he discovered existed in the logistics and supply chain management was around inaccurate customer location data. Faced with this challenge, with his co-founder, a geomatic engineer, they deployed geographic information systems (GIS) and location intelligence solutions to solve the problem.
MapTech Logistics, a technology company, focusing on developing GIS-based applications to solve business problems, such as logistics and supply chain management, was born. The company also provides mapping services for geospatial analysis. Maptech has been named in this year’s 100 globally competitive start-ups in Ghana by The Startup Network and Boadu is a World Economic Forum Global Shaper. Boadu employs six people.
Isaac is an Entrepreneur, Front-end Developer, Embedded Systems Engineer, passionate about solving some of the world’s most pressing problems using Science and Technology and inspiring young people to be innovative.
In 2015, he founded his first company, Invent Electronics while in my second year in University. Invent Electronics is an electronics components distribution startup based in Ghana with customers in Ghana and other neighboring West African countries.
He later co-founded, Wires & Bytes with 3 other friends. Wires & Bytes is a mobile SaaS development company based in Ghana. Its flagship product, Pasco, allows students to easily access past test questions from their smartphones and currently has over 1000 users in KNUST.
Isaac is committed to helping young people build their own business and become more productive by sharing several practical insights and resources in entrepreneurship, personal development and productivity.
His passion for social entrepreneurship led him to be actively involved in STEM initiatives through his social entreprise, Nsesa Foudnation. He was featured as one of Airtel’s STEM champions, also named as one of the top 100 student entrepreneurs in Ghana by The Startup Network, organizers of The Ghana Startup Awards.
Ghanaian entrepreneur Raindolf Owusu, is applying his own troubleshooting mojo to help his continent’s frustrated Web users. Owusu created the first browser designed specifically to retain users through periods of slow connection speeds: Anansi, named for a spider in African folklore. It entertains users during sluggish connectivity with a built-in game and webcam.
Anansi was the first product developed by Owusu’s five-year-old startup, Oasis Websoft. From his headquarters in Accra, he has now—mimicking the Google founders’ trajectory—shifted focus to other promising, if unproven new businesses. Among them are two medical apps: Dr. Diabetes, an information clearing house about the condition; and Bisa, designed for patient-to-doctor messaging.
Both would seem to have wide applicability throughout the continent, and that’s exactly Owusu’s aim for his browser, his apps—and beyond.
Owusu aims to develop more disruptive technologies like 3D printers and drones that will improve lives in Africa.
He founded Tech Era, a non-governmental organization that runs an IT literacy program and exposes persons with disability and less privileged persons to technology in order to give them hope and potential to transform their community and not only themselves. Tech Era has expanded its impact, training over 80 children, and also extending its reach to the disabled.
In 2018, Derick was awarded the Queen’s Young Leaders Award that recognizes and celebrates exceptional commonwealth youth.