Dina Ermias

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Name: Dina Ermias
Education: M.Sc in Biotechnology
Company name: Waginos Biotech
Studio title: Manager and owner
Founded: 2010
What it does: Plant propagation using tissue culture and mushroom spawn production
HQ: Addis Ababa
Number of employees: Five
Startup capital: 150,000  Birr
Current capital: Growing

Reason for starting business: To contribute to food security issues and conservation of plant species
Biggest perk of ownership: I have yet to find out
Biggest strength: Patience
Biggest weakness: Lack of strong personal network
Biggest worry: Failure
Favorite task: Hands-on laboratory work
Most challenging task: Managing people
Plan: Producing branded biotech products
First career: Biochemist at a family business, Ariti Herbal
Most interested in meeting: Creative entrepreneurs
Most admired person: My father
Stress reducer: Laughter
Favorite pastime: Watching movies
Favorite book: Fiela’s Child and Fikir Iske Mekabir
Favorite film: None
Favorite destination: Goa, India
Favorite automobile: None