Gift Gana
BornGift Gana
EducationNational University of Science and Technology
  • Entrepreneur

Gift Gana is a Zimbabwean entrepreneur and inventor. He invented a computer aided diagnostic system (Dr CADx) that aims to help the medical industry understand medical images more accurately. Gana also developed an application called Twigle Birds which identifies a singing bird from its song.


He graduated with a BSc Applied Physics from National University of Science and Technology. Gana also graduated with a Master of Business Administration from the same university in 2014.


He established Avelgood Apps in 2008 just over a year after his first degree. Avelgood started publishing apps in 2012 that now have a total of over 9 million downloads. The company developed and published mobile apps for iOS, Windows Phone and Nokia S40/Asha.[1]

Dr CADx was established in August 2016 when Gana was encouraged by promising results in adapting the image recognition technology from his bird species recognition application to interpreting medical images. He then invited Tatenda Madzorera to bring on board her medical imaging expertise in diagnostic radiography.

In 2012 he co-founded FootballZone which operates a website, In 2016 he joined XMPLA as an Innovation Consultant. [2]


He won the Opera Top Apps Awards 2013 for top-downloaded apps.

In 2016 his invention Dr CADx won Seedstars World Zimbabwe and will go on to represent the country at the finals in Switzerland this year after beating 12 other impressive start ups that pitched their ideas in Harare. Dr CADx will have an opportunity thereafter to pitch at the global summit in Switzerland where they will compete to win up to $1 million in equity.

For their win, the start-up participated at the Seedstars regional summit in Kigali from December 7 to 9, 2016.[3]

On Thursday, 15 June, 2017, he was announced as one of the top 10 nominees who will be competing for the 2017 Innovation Prize For Africa (IAP). IPA is a platform that brings together people across Africa to showcase their innovations in healthcare, engineering, energy and communications sectors. This year, people from countries like Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Kenya, Liberia, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe stand a chance to win some prizes. The grand prize is US$ 100 000 and the second prize is US$ 25 000. They also have a special prize of US$25 000 for a person who would have created something that has the most social impact. The remaining 7 nominees each receive a voucher of US$5 000. The prizes will be awarded on 18th July 2017 in Accra, Ghana. [4]

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  1. GIFT GANA, Venture Capital 4 Africa, published: No Date Given, retrieved: June 29, 2017
  2. Gift Gana, LinkedIn, published: No Date Given, retrieved: June 29, 2017
  3. John Mokwetsi. Innovators’ hub: Tech start-up Dr CADx to raise Zim flag in Europe, Standard, published: November 14, 2016, retrieved: June 29, 2017
  4. Rufaro Madamombe, Zim startup shortlisted for Innovation Prize for Africa, TechZim, published: June 16, 2017, retrieved: June 29, 2017