ABIC:Africa Business Idea Cup

DMM.Africa PresentsAfrica Business Idea Cup

A business idea competition was conducted from April to July 2016 in the following 5 African countries: Kenya, Rwanda, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Tanzania.

Africa Business Idea Cup Movie( 2:34 )

Grand Prize

$ 5,000

Angela W. Wanjohi from Kenya got the Grand Prize. Press Conference was held in Tokyo during her tour to Japan.


Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

In consideration of the current situation of brain drain from Africa, DMM.com will support young people looking to establish themselves in their own countries, not only with financial investment, but also with close business support.
The Africa Business Idea Cup is a large-scale contest, spanning five countries, in which the winner will be presented with air tickets to Japan and $5,000 and a business partnership with the cutting-edge Japanese company DMM.com.

Process of Business Contest

Final stage advance person

  • Angela W. Wanjohi


    Angela W. Wanjohi



    Founder at Uwakili. Lawer. Law lecturer at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. Holder of post-graduate degrees in International Business law. Worked at tier one law firms in Nairobi, then took up a legal position at Google to switch gears from whichexperience Uwakili was born.

  • Jennifer Shigoli


    Jennifer Shigoli

    Elea Pads


    CEO & Founder at Malkia Investments Company Limited, a manufacturer of detergents, hair care products and Malkia Sanitary Pads.

  • Castro Shanobe


    Castro Shanobe

    Newtech Recycling


    Administrative & Advertising Manager at ASTATES Advertising.

  • Elijah Mudehwe


    Elijah Mudehwe



    Student in bachelor of social work honors degree at the University of Zimbabwe.

  • Priscilla Ruzibuka


    Priscilla Ruzibuka



    CEO and founder at Ki-pepeo Kids Clothing, MBA of Oklahoma Christian University, USA.

  • Mihir Gajjar


    Mihir Gajjar



    Managing Director at Assa Abloy(T) Ltd and Responsible for organic growth by developing sales channels, new product introduction and leadership.

  • Patrick Muhire


    Patrick Muhire



    Co-founder and CEO at Vuga Pay.

  • Taurai Chinyamakobvu

    Taurai Chinyamakobvu



    Founding director at Flocash and Pazimba.com. An advisor to Marubeni Corporation, a global Fortune 500 company and Autocom Japan Inc.

  • Edward Mbogo

    Edward Mbogo

    MyRide Kenya


    COO at MyRide Kenya.

  • Mwila Lando

    Mwila Lando

    Farmers Basket


    CEO and Co-founder at Farmers Basket.


  • Alex Chawesa Kapungu

    Alex Chawesa Kapungu

    I received a scholarship to come study in Japan in 2006, earning a Master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Tokyo in 2013.

  • Stephane E. Fouche

    Stephane E. Fouche

    HARVARD UNIVERSITY Cambridge, MA A.B. in East Asian Studies; Minor in Sociology; French & Spanish Language Citations Expected May 2015 GPA: 3.5/4.0; Coursework in

  • Yohann Gainche

    Yohann Gainche

    Yohann Gainche

    Born in France in 1994. I studied Japanese and Politics since the age of 13.In 2008, I joined Konan High School in Kobe as a Scholarship Laureate of the French-Japanese High schools program.

  • Masao Yoshimoto

    Masao Yoshimoto

    After initially joining a publishing company within the DMM group of companies as a part time employee in 2002, I later on went to become responsible for hiring employees, then the Sales Department Manager, Head of the President’s Office and finally becoming the Managing Director of the publishing company, in July 2008.I also created a new publishing company of which I became Managing Director as well.

  • Mitsuo Ishimoto

    Mitsuo Ishimoto

    I graduated from Soka University in 2009 (studied at Taiwan University for 1year from 2007) and worked for Mitsubishi Corporation Plastics Ltd for about 5years as a person in charge of the sales of plastic raw materials at domestic & global market. I made a career move to Share Trade inc. in 2014 and was engaged in procurement, processing and exportation of spices originated in Ghana for 2years. Since April in 2016, I have been working for DMM.Africa to develop new business in Ghana.

  • Shinta Yoshioka

    Shinta Yoshioka

    After getting a bachelor's degree of political science and economics from Waseda University in 2011, I joined Strategic Decision Initiative, Inc. which is a market research firm specialized in overseas emerging markets.

Judge - Second Stage

  • Kasumi Sawada

    Kasumi Sawada


    Managing Director of AfricaScan Kenya. Conducts marketing research and offer consulting service for Japanese companies. Leads the expansion of the traditional-trade stores gBlue Spoon Kiosk s in rural area.

  • Hiroki Ishida

    Hiroki Ishida


    Manager at Asia Africa Investment & Consulting Pte. Ltd.Hiroki is a Manager at Asia Africa Investment & Consulting (AAIC) based in Nairobi, Kenya.

  • Patrick Cyusa

    Patrick Cyusa



    Program Director of African Innovation Prize. Patrick has 5 years of experience in business development and strategy. Over the last 3 years he has coached more than 250 entrepreneurs in financial literacy, marketing and operations in Rwanda.

  • Claudette Irere

    Claudette Irere



    Claudette Irere is the FabLab Rwanda manager and Customer Relationship Manager at RwandaOnline Platform Ltd.

  • Jean Bosco Nzeyimana

    Jean Bosco Nzeyimana



    Founder and CEO of Habona Ltd. Jean Bosco is the founder and CEO of Habona Ltd –a company that produces affordable and environmentally friendly products in form of biogas, briquettes and organic fertilizers.

  • Jones Mrusha

    Jones Mrusha



    Mr. Mrusha is a serial entrepreneur, seasoned with over ten years of experience on: A number of (successful and failed) Technology Startups in Tanzania and the region.

  • Dr. Aloyce L. Masanja

    Dr. Aloyce L. Masanja



    Dr. Aloyce L. Masanja first graduated from the University of Dar es Salaam in 1993 with a degree in Economics. Four years later he gained his M.A in Agricultural and Rural Development from the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, The Netherlands.

  • Hiroshi K. Ikuro

    Hiroshi K. Ikuro



    Mr. Hiroshi K. Ikuro – Expert for Industrial Development, Tanzania Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment. Mr. Hiroshi K. Ikuro received his B.A.s in Area Studies of Russia from Tokyo University for Foreign Studies in 1976, and is a qualified Patent Lawyer in Japan since 2008.

  • Faith M Kabende

    Faith M Kabende



    Faith has been running the Fay Designs as a fashion designer and CEO for the last 10 years in Zambia.She has also opened a fashion design school this year.

  • Jabes Mbewe

    Jabes Mbewe



    Jabes Mbewe is trained in Farm Machinery and worked with big Farm machinery Dealers for 42 years now. Presently, he is working at Saro Agro Industrial Ltd as Farm Machinery Manager overseeing the Sales and Servicing of Saro’s Farm Machinery in Zambia, Congo DR, Botswana and Malawi.

  • Yasushi Sawamura

    Yasushi Sawamura


    Yasushi Sawamura has been working at Zambia Development Agency as a business adviser to support Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, assigned from JICA as a senior volunteer since April 2015 in Lusaka, Zambia.

  • Jacqui Gowe

    Jacqui Gowe



    Jacqui Gowe is the CEO of Sweet Maungwe Honey and Director of National Apiculture Association, two organizations championing economic empowerment through honey production and value addition of all apiculture products.

  • Shupai Marware

    Shupai Marware



    Shupai Marware Is The Commercial Director For Rainbow Tourism Group. 16 Years Of Hospitality Services Experience, Of Which 5 Years Were In South Africa Where He Led The Sales Teams In Zimbabwe, South Africa, Ghana And Nigeria.

  • Julian Phiri

    Julian Phiri



    Julian Phiri - Senior Wealth Consultant for deVere Zimbabwe Julian is a Senior Wealth and Investment Consultant for deVere Group in Harare Zimbabwe.

Judge - Final Stage

  • Takafumi Horie

    Takafumi Horie

    Born in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan, in 1972. He is the founder of SNS media & consulting Inc. Now, his activity ranges from rocket engine developing to producing smartphone apps such as ”TERIYAKI” and “755”.

  • Ken Fujie

    Ken Fujie

    Ken Fujie is an independent development consultant and is currently working as an advisor to the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat mainly in infrastructure development and business environment improvement seconded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

  • Professor Seiichiro Yonekura

    Seiichiro Yonekura

    Professor, Institute of Innovation Research, Hitotsubashi University Academic Advisor, Centre for Japanese Studies, University of Pretoria Professor Yonekura received his B.A.s (in both Social Studies and Economics) and M.A. in Social Studies from Hitotsubashi University, and Ph.D. in History from Harvard University in 1990.

  • Takuma Kinjo

    Takuma Kinjo

    Chairman of Trickster, CEO of East Africa Sales promotion, consultant. Kinjo is a entrepreneur in Africa from Japan. He has beein in the for 10 years and operating in 8 countries. These include: Tanzania, Zambia, Madagascar, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Nigeria.

  • Yosuke Kotsuji

    Yosuke Kotsuji

    Yosuke is a Senior Investment Officer at IFC (World Bank’s Private Sector Arm) Sub-Saharan Africa Agribusiness team based in Nairobi Kenya, leading agribusiness investments in East African countries.

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Cooperation by
Kenyatta University (Kenya) / Asia Africa Investment and Consulting (Kenya) / Africa Scan (Kenya) / Shara Sparks(Tanzania)
Main sponsor
Jkuat Nissin Foods (Kenya) / Rohto Pharmaceutical CO., Ltd. (Japan) / Computer Connections (Tanzania) / Citycom (Tanzania) / Office Depot (Tanzania) / Rainbow Tourism Group Ltd. (Zimbabwe)

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DMM.Africa Brief

Since its inception in September 2015, DMM.Africa has been founded as the frontline of DMM.com's company-wide effort to go global. Given the inevitable future that is defined by abundance of opportunities and explosive population growth, Africa has been designated as the next frontier of DMM.com and other leading global businesses. To secure our best footing in this uncharted territory, we are proceeding at full speed to build our operational base and our new core businesses in Africa. Towards that, in 2016, we hosted one of the largest business competitions the continent had seen: DMM.Africa Presents ABIC---Africa Business Idea Cup. As symbolised by our hosting of ABIC, our commitment remains to continue exploring the best local ventures, talents, and partners across and beyond the industry segments we've known.