The Future of Africa is Entrepreneurship

PEOPLE. PLANET. PROFIT. Einstein Rising guides Africa’ s social entrepreneurs through the process of business development. Together, we create wealth, perpetuate development and alleviate poverty while we preserve culture and ecosystems.

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ENTREPRENEURIAL REVOLUTION

Together we create wealth, perpetuate development and alleviate poverty through the preservation of culture and ecosystems.

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Empowering
Community
Leaders

We are looking for entrepreneurs
who exude passion, innovation
and creativity. With support
they can realize their vision
to help their local community
and protect their environment.

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Redefining Sucess

Putting aside our preconceived notions of success we ask everyone to look at the business achievement on a broader spectrum. Einstein Rising creates an ecosystem where entrepreneurs are embraced for intertwining the advancement of their communities and promoting environmental preservation while still achieving financial growth.

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NOTHING CHANGES UNTIL SOMETHING MOVES —ALBERT EINSTEIN
About Us

What do we do?

We provide free business development services to entrepreneurs in Africa.

Entrepreneurs who work with us are supported to run their businesses so that they help solve a social problem, are environmentally friendly and make a financial profit.

Why are we needed?

The future of Africa is entrepreneurship.

We exist to empower passionate, innovative and creative entrepreneurs. We give them support as they fulfill their visions for stronger communities and a healthy environment.

Why are we different?

We acknowledge and give a voice to innovative entrepreneurs who lack access to traditional growth avenues.

We believe in the self-determining power of our entrepreneurs. Our strategy is to respect and support the entrepreneur – not to tell them how to run their business.

Do You Have An Idea Idea?
Your idea must meet our four criteria: 1.Unique—You should be a true entrepreneur with an idea that is different than any other existing company. 2. People—Your company should address a social problem. It should improve your customer's lives. 3. Profit—Your company must be for-profit. 4. Planet—Your company must conserve the environment or help animals.
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What we can offer you

Business Plan Creation

With one on one coaching sessions, entrepreneurs are given critiques and then spend time in between coaching sessions making revisions. They have access to the team all the time but the majority of the help is done in the follow up coaching sessions. Entrepreneurs that live far from our home base in Kampala, Uganda or Abuja, Nigeria, haven sessions through a video or phone call.

Networking Opportunities

The program managers, board of directors and US staff provide there own time as well as find mentors who will work with entrepreneurs in their specific fields or with their needs.

One on One Coaching

With one on one coaching sessions, entrepreneurs are given critiques and then spend time in between coaching sessions making revisions. They have access to the team all the time but the majority of the help is done in the follow up coaching sessions. Entrepreneurs that live far from our home base in Kampala, Uganda or Abuja, Nigeria, haven sessions through a video or phone call.

Financial and Marketing Training

These sessions are led by our country program managers who emphasize Einstein Risings mission and share how we can be of value to interested individuals. These events are usually held in collaboration with universities, savings cooperatives, church groups and at town hall meetings.

Assistance Seeking Start-up Capital

These sessions are led by our country program managers who emphasize Einstein Risings mission and share how we can be of value to interested individuals. These events are usually held in collaboration with universities, savings cooperatives, church groups and at town hall meetings.

Meet our team

Alexis Chavez

Founder, President of the Board

Living throughout Africa since 2009, Alexis has worked on an extensive list of programs from humanitarian aid to wildlife rescue. In the past she has provided strategies for development, implementation, marketing and evaluation of multiple humanitarian aid/conservation projects in East & South Africa as well as Indonesia. She realized through this work that turning the dreams of others into a reality was her true passion and her experience of working with people at all levels of society gave her the idea for Einstein Rising. Alexis holds a Bachelors of Science from The New School in NYC.  Her personal passion is wildlife rescue and volunteering with conservation groups in Seattle and Uganda.

John Mark Muwangala

Board Member. East African Development Advisor

With eight years of experience in banking, sales and development finance, John Mark has focused on acquisition, appraisal, credit risk analysis, and portfolio management for small to medium enterprises. His development strategies for local companies have helped to increase profits, and impact alongside marketing, development financing. He’s a vital asset to the development of Einstein Rising, alongside being a great mentor for our entrepreneurs.

John Mark lives in Kampala, Uganda with his wife and daughter. He is currently the sales and marketing manager for Mango Tree, a local Uganda company who are among the market leaders in development of innovative interpersonal communication and grassroots education tools.

Abdulhameed Kateregga

Board of Directors, Vice President. Central/East Africa Specialist

Hameed was born and raised in Central Uganda, after graduating from Makerere University with a degree of Veterinary Medicine he dedicated himself to protecting wildlife and habitat by fostering relationships between their communities. His expertise is in eco-friendly community initiatives, animal production, economic conservation and wildlife medicine. Currently, he is the senior veterinarian for Uganda Wildlife Education Center, a wildlife rescue facility and education hub. While working with a Ugandan non-profit, Hameed met Alexis Chavez as she introduced human health and conservation based technology to communities living around endangered mountain gorillas. Hameed’s vision for human health, environment and the economy made him one of Einstein Risings strongest influences. Throughout his life, he has seen ambitious African entrepreneurs’ dreams crumble due to insufficient support and saw in Einstein Rising an opportunity to change that. His favorite motto is “The same sun that melts the wax, hardens the clay”

Stefanie Taylor

Board Member

Stefanie works in the fields of education and behaviour change at a local company in Kampala, Uganda. She is a proficient curriculum writer, material developer and project manager. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

She has lived in Kampala, Uganda for three years because she is inspired to live in a country that is rapidly changing and developing. She enjoys witnessing how ordinary people with innovative business ideas push the country forwards. In her personal life, she enjoys travelling, baking and reading by the pool.

Kateregga Halima

Country Director

 Born in Jinja Uganda. Halima has ventured in a variety of businesses since her childhood. She has a degree in Business Administration from Kampala International University and has dedicated her life to mentoring upcoming entrepreneurs. She believes in creating a better Africa. Her experience in the business sector as well her passion to be part of the solution to social problems make her the ideal candidate to offer direct support to our entrepreneurs. She believes, “Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you”.

Brian Mangeni

Financial Growth Advisor

 Brian is the founder and director for Accounts Plus Uganda, the fastest growing business support services company in the country. He is a certified CPA and has earned a Bachelors in actuarial science from Makerere University in Kampala. His life goal is to be the best in everything he does.  He is applying that belief in his work with ER’s entrepreneurs.  He teaches the cores tools of financial management and supervises them as they grow their companies and apply their financial literacy skills.

Phillipa Olwol

Social Media Manager

 Phillipa graduated from Uganda Christian University with a degree in Mass Communication. She currently works for an advertising agency where she uses her creativity to change the landscape of how commercials work in Uganda. She is has experience in behavior change communication and developing tools that influence creative thinking. During her down time she likes to read and ponder the meaning of life.

Peter McBride

Accounting

Peter is a graduate of University of Delaware. He has a diverse background in non-profit financial management and the direct-trade coffee industry, making him the perfect candidate to manage our diverse financial needs. Currently, Peter works as an Employment Consultant, a Seattle-based organization that serves adults with disabilities. Peter is an avid runner and pizza connoisseur.

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Interested in becoming a part of our work.

Kickstart Africa's Social entrepreneurs as they change their communities and protect their environment.

Join us for the Einstein Rising Gala
Thursday, June 1, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT at the Woodland Park Zoo,
5500 Phinney Avenue North, Seattle, WA 98103, United States.

At the event, meet ERsocent Rehema Muyodi who's ginger farm in Kibooga has given her the opportunity to pursue her love for land and empower her community at the same time.
We are proud to be part of her journey.

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