Name: Rising Data Solutions
Big idea: Provide outsourcing services to small and medium-sized businesses; created the first outsourcing call center in Ghana.
Web site: www.risingdata.com
Who's in charge: Sambou Makalou, president; Karim Morsli, chief information officer; and Kwame Bonsu, vice president of operations. Makalou and Morsli are co-founders.
Funding: $350,000 from private investors. Morsli says the company has not ruled out a second round of funding.
Employees: 15, with plans to hire 100 more call-center agents over six months.
Origin of company name: Morsli said the founders wanted a name that evoked technology, problem-solving skills and growth.