TechInAfrica – Ali Khatau is a Tanzanian EdTech startup founder, ElimuTanzania which focus on empowering Tanzanian students to improve their IT literacy through its online platform. The platform currently has more than 50,000 subscribers across the country. Additionally, it also encourages thousands of people to read and learn by donating hundreds of books.
Besides running an EdTech company, Ali is also well-known as a serial entrepreneur in his country, Tanzania. Alongside his business journey, Ali has won the Tujenge Tanzania Innovation Challenge which was funded by the Hanns Seidel Foundation and Unleashed Africa. He is also addressed as Associate Fellow by the British Royal Commonwealth Society for his work at ElimuTanzania.
According to his interview with Africa.com, Ali said that he was lucky enough to be born in the middle-class family where could get a good education. He went to one of the best schools in the country in terms of academic matter.
He was very active at school, engaging in different clubs and participated in several competitions, like annual science exhibitions, essay competitions, religious quizzes, and sports events. He recalled that Science, Religion, and English are the three main subjects he loved the most when during his school day.
During his journey, his parents have always been his major influencers to him. They taught them to be hard-working, resilient, and perseverant. Other than his parents, he is also inspired by Mohammed Dewji, one of African billionaire who maintains a modest lifestyle.
Ali founded ElimuTanzania.com during his sophomore year at Hubert Kairuki Memorial University (HKMU). It gained local and international media attractions as it made it brought impactful changes for thousands of students in Tanzania.
He did not stop there, he also founded DarEquip where he sells medical equipment like thermometer, stethoscope, fetoscopes, and so on.
Apart from being a serial entrepreneur, Ali is also involved in the volunteering project. He involves in health screening initiatives, helping to screen thousands of local for common illness. He also writes health-related articles, attends health and medical conferences to keep him updated with the current health trends.