FULL NAME: Haftom Taye
EDUCATION: BSC in Computer Engineering
COMPANY NAME: H-2 Computer and Language School
STUDIO TITLE: General Manager and Owner
FOUNDED: August, 2011
WHAT IT DOES: Trains people in Basic, Advanced, and Professional computer skills and teaches Arabic, French, Spanish, Italian, German and English as a second language.
HQ: Megenagna, Bethlehem Plaza
NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES: Forty
START UP CAPITAL: 100,000 Birr
CURRENT CAPITAL: 500,000 Birr
Reason for starting business: I had the passion for starting my own business and I wanted to be self sufficient and create job opportunities for friends.
Biggest plus of ownership: Creating jobs for friends.
Biggest strength: H-2 provides free courses. We have different payment mechanisms and train students during non-working hours.
Biggest weakness: I opened H-2 just after I graduated and I didn’t have much work experience.
Smartest move: Opening this business and helping others to become employed.
Biggest Worry: Keeping my customers.
Favorite task: Administering my business.
Most challenging task: Handling language students who leave the school before they get their certificate.
Plan: To open a start up school for language and to add another branch. I am also interested in starting a talk show about psychological matters on ETV.
First career: Language teacher and student.
Most interested in meeting: Meles Zenawi
Most admired person: My father.
Favorite pass time: Reading books, chatting with friends, and watching films.
Favorite Book: ‘The Secret’ Favorite destination: Juventus
Favorite automobile: Suzuki
Favorite film: “Selina” based on true story.