Wazi Vision named among Forbes 60 women-led startups shaking up tech globally

Brenda Katwesigye, the founder of Wazi Vision

Wazi Vision, a healthtech startup founded to provide more affordable means of diagnosing eye impairments in children between the age of 5 and 16, has been listed in Forbes Magazine among the sixty startups founded by women and are disrupting the technology ecosystem.

Founded Brenda Katwesigye, a graduate of Telecommunication Engineering from Makerere University, the company is acting towards its mission by using a mobile application that uses virtual reality technology to perform visual acuity tests.

Wazi Vision also uses recycled plastic to make eye glasses that Katwesigye says are 80% cheaper than the usual market price.

Additionally, the company organizes free eye testing camps in schools and rural areas around Uganda, according to Kwatesigye.

The startups that were selected provide solutions to various sectors including health, finance, transportation, education, fashion, energy, AI, Augmented Reality, and more.

Apart from Wazi Vision, three other startups came from Africa: Wala, a financial services app driving economic participation in emerging markets, and EmptyTrips, which is using machine learning and smart matching algorithms to create a marketplace where shippers, agents, and transport carriers can connect, bid for cargo and find transport assets to move their cargo, are from South Africa.

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Another one called She Leads Africa was founded by two Nigerians — Yasmin Belo-Osagie and Afua Osei.

The list was compiled by Allyson Kapin, an advocate of social change and a contributor to several publications including Fast Company, The Next Web and Forbes.


The compilation was based on tracking the company’s products and tractions while others had participated in Women Startup Challenges.

Other startups were picked from Haiti, Puerto Rico, United States, Korea, New Zealand, Polan and England, Portugal, Brazil, and Italy.

It is worth noting that only 10% of funding globally goes to women-led startups, according to reports.

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