Ethiopian-Israeli Delegation Heads to Addis Ababa to Compete in a Tech Event
The delegation is composed of members of Tech-Career, an Israeli non-governmental organization working to help integrate Ethiopian-Israelis into the local tech sector
Adi Pick | 13:49 13.08.2019
A delegation of young Ethiopian-Israelis working in the Israeli tech sector has arrived in Addis Ababa Tuesday to partake in the annual SolveIT innovation competition run by Addis Ababa-based tech company iCog Labs. U.S.-based Kudu Ventures, the firm sponsoring the Israeli delegation, made the announcement. As part of the competition, participants will pitch their products to Ethiopia-based investors, and receive mentorship from local entrepreneurs. The competition, which takes place August 13-16, is funded by the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The Israeli delegation are all members of Tech-Career, a local non-governmental organization that operates as a tech training center for Israel’s Ethiopian community. The delegation will be participating in a two-week intensive tech startup boot camp while visiting Ethiopia, which includes a reception with the President of Ethiopia Sahle-Work Zewde, visits to several incubators, and a pitch event with potential investors.
Tech employees in Israel earn nearly 2.5 times the average wage of non-tech employees, according to a report published recently by Israel-based Taub Center for Social Policy Studies. Tech-Career hopes to help members of Israel’s Ethiopian community ascend into the upper classes of Israeli society by offering them training in tech-related fields.