Man Crush Monday (MCM): Samuel Alemayehu

by Duke Magazine

Samuel “Sam” Alemayehu is a serial entrepreneur and investor from Ethiopia. He is dedicated to developing and commercializing game-changing technology that will accelerate global growth. He is the Chairman of Cambridge Industries Ltd. and a 2018 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.

He is the Managing Director and Co-Founder of C1 Ventures, a firm that invests in and incubates businesses that employ Single Carbon (C1) gases as a feedstock. Samuel also chairs Frontier Resilient Capital’s investment committee, which recently bought Moonee Investment Ltd. and Cambridge Investment Group.

Samuel Alemayehu began his Silicon Valley career as a serial entrepreneur, founding two businesses from his college dorm room. He began his venture capital career at Venrock Associates, where he specialized in consumer media services.

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He went to Africa in 2009 and has since founded and invested in several businesses throughout the continent in a variety of industries. Before quitting the company in 2013, he established a mobile gaming platform with over 50 million users in 18 countries.

In addition, he founded Sen Sante in collaboration with renowned investment institutions to assist in the development of large health infrastructures in Africa. He co-founded Cambridge Industries Ltd to help pioneering infrastructure projects in emerging cities get off the ground faster.

He directed the construction of Africa’s first municipal waste-to-energy facility, which was developed for $120 million in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as part of a pan-African sustainability city park project. Each facility is intended as a multi-purpose facility with a variety of purposes, including metal recycling, brick production, industrial steam, biodegradable plastic manufacturing, and modern insect farming.

Samuel has lately invested in initiatives in Uganda, Kenya, Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, DRC, Somaliland, Djibouti, Botswana, Angola, Namibia, and South Africa to commercialize breakthrough technologies. He is a global angel investor that serves on the boards of several firms as an investor.

He also serves on the boards of three non-profit organizations: Ron Brown Scholars, KID Museum, and VC Include. He is a Stanford University School of Engineering graduate.

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