By Ajong Mbapndah L
Ghirmay was born in Eritrea and studied mechanical engineering at the University of Asmara before starting work in the renewable energy sector. He started Aptech Africa with only a $20,000 investment. Working to bring electricity and water to people across Africa, Aptech has grown to be a multinational business operating in seven African countries.
“The ABH prize competition is very important in that it’s showcasing entrepreneurs across the continent that might otherwise not gain such positive exposure. We need to inspire Africa’s youth to believe in and work for their future. This is an awesome platform that let us do just that,” says Ghirmay Zeray Abraham.
What does your selection to the Top 10 mean for you personally and for your company Aptech?
It has been such an honor to be selected among the 2021 top 10 Africa’s Business Heroes. My whole team has worked so hard to build up our business and gain a positive reputation within the solar energy and water pumping industry, so it’s an incredible feeling to be recognized for our work.
May we know some of the vital lessons that you have learned during your journey in the 2021 ABH Prize competition?
It has been amazing to see all the incredible entrepreneurs out there across Africa. I’ve learned that Africa is full of innovative bright minds coming up with amazing business solutions to Africa’s challenges. I’ve learned that we really need to showcase the work we are doing in order for others to know about the positive things that are happening in Africa.
You have been in the news and people now know more about Aptech, are there any business projects or new horizons opening up from the exposure you have received from the ABH competition?
Not yet, but we are eager to take advantage should any opportunity present itself. We are hoping that through the networking we’ve been able to do, and the exposure we’ve gotten we will be able to connect with like-minded people and companies interested in working towards a shared mission of increasing clean electricity and water access across Africa.
Any advice to budding entrepreneurs who may now see you as a role model?
Never give up. Believe in your dream. When things don’t go your way, try to pivot and see how you can address your challenges. Resiliency leads to success.
How important do you think initiatives like the ABH prize competition can be in changing the fortunes of Africa?
The ABH prize competition is very important in that it’s showcasing entrepreneurs across the continent that might otherwise not gain such positive exposure. We need to inspire Africa’s youth to believe in and work for their future. This is an awesome platform that let us do just that.