Welcome to STEM Synergy


STEM Synergy is a US-based non-profit organization with  501(C) (3) tax exempt status from IRS. The organization promotes STEM education ,technology transfer and social enterprises that benefit youth and women through hands-on technologies and innovation that solve   real problems of the society.

Poverty and backwardness are the major challenges of Africa/Ethiopia. Foreign aid is not a sustainable way to solve the problems. STEM Synergy is a nonprofit that takes a business approach to reduce poverty.

We believe in promoting affordable and scalable innovation and technologies to solve the basic economic needs of the poor mainly in agriculture , energy and climate in a sustainable way

 OUR solution 

 USE OF innovation and technology TO fight POVERTY

Short-term humanitarian aid to help poor people is usually not enough to lift them out of the cycle of poverty. Poverty alleviation is  a long-term strategy that should  lead to self-reliance and sustainability. Technology and innovation are the best weapons to fight poverty and break the cycle of individual and societal  poverty in Africa.  Africa's backwardness or  poverty is somehow attributed to shortage of better skilled workforce in the STEM fields in the continent.


STEM Education
Innovation & Technology Transfer in Agriculture and Energy
Social Entrepreneurship
Women and Youth

Our Intervention Criteria on Social Enterprises:

Innovation - we focus on a new solution/idea or improvement or scaling of an existing Solutions

Impact-Our programs create lasting solutions to poverty

Sustainability- our programs must be sustained beyond the end of project implementation stage

Scalability- Our programs focus on potential to scale up and impact millions of families

Inclusion- Our programs benefit all aspects of inclusion - gender, ethnicity, religion etc.

Affordability- We focus on low cost technologies using local inputs and talents




Why promoting  STEM education matters for Ethiopia?

Millions of Ethiopian youth are unemployed. Millions more will remain unemployed if we left to prepare the youth with STEM fields which are the much needed marketable skills for the future . Thus we need to plan and prepare the future workforce now. International organizations, governments and private industries need to partner  to inspire and empower the youth to unleash their potential for national growth and development . 

We believe in the youth’s  power to bring sustainable development. We need to be enabler and  train and retrain them so that they are empowered to: 

1. Fight poverty and transform their lives and their communities

2. Prepare themselves to create jobs and/ or businesses and reduce the skyrocketing rate of youth unemployment.  

3. Provide them career exploration opportunities and let them see what the real-world jobs look and feel like

4. Provide economic opportunities for them to build  their livelihoods.

5. Inspire their minds to innovate and solve societal problem. Encourage them to study science and technology in order to build the STEM pipeline. 

Hands-on lab-based STEM education emphasizes real-world problem-solving, creativity, and skill-building — all factors that enable youthful brainpower to engineer their homeland out of stubborn poverty.

5. Contribute their share for the national economic growth and development.

6. Enhance their deep and true understanding of their environment and life in general so that they come up with innovate and out of the box solutions for their communities.

  • Financial Inclusion and Entrepreneurship

Crafting solution to create access to Capital for Entrepreneurs

Providing access to financial products and services for undeserved and un-banked youth and women.

 access to financial products and services for underserved and underbanked women,

Connecting the un-banked youth and women entrepreneurs to micro financial institutions

 Our Priority Areas
  • Affordable Technology for the poor to use to fight poverty
  • Solar Energy and climate
  • Social Enterprises :Business incubation and acceleration for youth and women
  • STEM education: Preparing the future STEM workforce
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