EDC on the biggest startup event
Startup Ethiopia, which was initiated by bluemoon Ethiopia & other incubators in the startup community, got an aim of rebranding Ethiopia as a startup hub and give the opportunity to the youth from all over the country to dream big and have the exposure that will allow them to learn and develop their passion while solving big problems along the way.
The 2019 Start-up Ethiopia, was opened colourfully on the 8th of June by a dance performance of destino dance group & following opening remarks given by Dr.Ing.Mekuria & Dr. Eleni Gabre-Madhin. On the event a total of was three thousand individuals participated including one thousand Youth Ambassadors, one hundred twenty start-up semi-finalists recruited from fourteen cities around Ethiopia pitching through to the Grande Finale competition to select one winner of the 1 million Birr cash prize, and more than fifty investors, along with an engaging and lively format with Keynotes, incubator alley, Fireside chats on different topics, Cheetah Spotlights, Bootcamp Arena, Investor Meetup Beach, Breakfast tech talk, #IAmSolutionHackathon and a Startup Marketplace to showcase and demo products, fashion show and ending with the outdoor Freedom Concert.
From #IAmSolution Hackathon competition, which was a forty-two hours coding competition among high school coders with the age of 20 and below, involving a creation of a mobile application for one of the Sustainable Development Goals; the winner was Miten application by BiTech (Yeabsira and Biniam) and they received a prize of 25,000 Birr. In addition to that, from the Grande Finale competition, Green Bean won by producing a mechanical coffee dryer machine that allows to reduce the time of drying coffee by using heat sensors which would normally take from 15 days to 4 hours. The event attracted more than three thousand visitors in two days.
EDC has participated on the event to promote its services and impacts to the public. Over one hundred visitors applied for EDC’s training and BDS services with majority of them being youths.