The YEEP 2 start-up week is over! 

From 27 August to 3 September, we have carried out the second start-up week in Hawassa, Ethiopia. 8 Swiss students from Bern University worked together with their team mates from Hawassa University on the business plans of different ideas. At the end, a mixed Swiss-Ethiopian jury had to choose among 5 ideas. The decision was not easy, but at the end we had a winner: 

I was the coffee machine, which prepares coffee in a traditional way, including the roasting of the green beans, grinding and the boiling in a clay pot. The idea is to sell this machine to restaurants but also to households in the cities.
The other ideas in the competition were:

  • Seeding tool for the local teff crow, which can be easily attached to a plow
  • Distribution of zink-sulphit which can improve germination of crops on salinated soil
  • A medical drug for chicken, which is based on a local herb
  • A light bulb, which uses a protein found in Ethiopian fireflies


All the teams can get access to the local business incubator and will continue working on their idea in order to take it to the market.



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