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PRESS RELEASE: Yale Africa Startup Review Publishes the Second Annual #YASR30 List

A student and alumni-led initiative at Yale University with a mission to showcase stories of innovation and ingenuity from the African Startup Ecosystem

NEW HAVEN, March 30, 2022 — Today, the Yale Africa Startup Review (‘YASR’) published its Second Annual #YASR30 List! The list honors 30 startups, 30 stories, and 68 founders representing 15 countries building the future of Africa with entrepreneurship.


In its second edition, YASR remained committed to its grassroots-driven approach and effort to produce a list that emulates the range of innovations happening on the Continent. This year, the featured companies include 5 countries for the first time in the Review. Also for the first time, the founders’ goals are included on the YASR website so that you can find ways to contribute to their success. The featured 30, are early-stage companies that span the investment spectrum from pre-seed to Series A seeking to raise new rounds of funding, recruit talent, and/or expand their operations into new territories. These companies are innovating across verticals and hail from across the Continent, i.e. AgTech startup Foodlocker in Nigeria, Sustainability startup RecoPlast in The DRC, and HealthTech startup Susu in Côte d'Ivoire. Collectively, they represent the innovation and ingenuity of the African startup ecosystem, and their unique stories deserve to be shared with the world!


The #YASR30 finalists were selected by a panel of esteemed judges that include leading Africa-focused venture capitalists from Ingressive Capital, Wuri Ventures, BFA Global, and Teranga Capital. An additional benefit of being selected to the 2022 #YASR30 List, featured companies will gain access to strategic prizes and network benefits the Yale Africa Startup Review is proud to offer in partnership with several corporations. These partners include Amazon Web Services, Tolaram, Ingressive for Good, B&C International, doola, Github, Crunchbase, NextLegal Sandbox by Bytelex, the Sustainable Health Initiative at the Yale School of Global Health and hope to announce a few more in the coming weeks. Benefits include 3 Tolaram Cash Prizes, Talent Recruitment Prize from Ingressive, Growth Prize from doola and more corporate discounts and memberships for exclusive access to products and services they can use to build and grow their companies.


YASR is excited to share these stories with its community of 2000+ followers across our social media platforms on LinkedIn, Twitter & Instagram that garner over 50K impressions monthly. Special thanks to the Yale School of Management who have partnered with YASR to feature these companies on campus grounds this week, so if you are in New Haven visit Evans Hall!


Press contacts:

Sharon Mwale, Editor, sharon.mwale@aya.yale.edu

Samuel Kitara, Editor, samuel.kitara@aya.yale.edu


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