Africa is a growing continent and the world at large continues to see more of the positive side of Africa. With several women taking more active positions in the business industry in Africa, Forbes has listed the top 10 emerging women entrepreneurs to watch in Africa.
According to Forbes, in June this year, She Leads Africa, a Nigerian-based social enterprise that aims to foster business growth in Africa by providing female startup entrepreneurs with the knowledge, networks, and financing to build and scale strong businesses, launched a business pitch competition. The purpose of the competition was to select ten exceptional young female entrepreneurs doing business in Africa to participate in an Entrepreneur showcase, whereby the entrepreneurs would pitch their businesses to a panel of esteemed business leaders and investors, including Nigerian multi-millionaire telecoms tycoon Hakeem Belo-Osagie, Standard Chartered Nigeria CEO Bola Adesola and Ngozi Edozien, a former Managing Director for private equity firm Actis.
The competition attracted close to 400 applications from 27 countries. Of the lot, 10 entrepreneurs were selected after a rigorous vetting process. These 10 entrepreneurs will pitch to potential investors at the Entrepreneur showcase on Saturday, the 20th of September in Lagos, for a chance to win cash prizes and get mentored by seasoned entrepreneurs.
These brilliant young women, all aged under 30, represent the entrepreneurial best of their generation. See the list below:
Afrocentric Bamboo Limited – Kumasi, Ghana: Afrocentric Bamboo Limited designs, develops, and markets bamboo bikes and frames and related products and services.
Banke Kuku Textiles – London, United Kingdom: Banke Kuku Textiles designs African inspired luxury fabrics and accessories for the fashion, interiors and soft furnishings markets
Fashpa – Lagos, Nigeria: Fashpa.com is an online retailing platform, dedicated to providing African consumers with access to fashion and lifestyle brands.
Lizzie’s Creations – Abuja, Nigeria: Lizzie’s Creations develops mobile and web applications uniquely aimed at the development and education of women and children in Africa.
Loue 1 Voiture (Book 1 Car) – Casablanca, Morocco: Loue 1 Voiture is the first online platform that enables you to reserve a car from big and small car hire companies in Morocco.
Mamelette – Lagos, Nigeria: Mamalette is a website and information portal dedicated to the needs of Nigerian parents and parents to be.
MKP Fast Foods – Johannesburg, South Africa: MKP Fast Foods creates youth employment in SA by operating a low cost, scalable mobile kitchen for a growing chicken brand, Galito’s.
Night Bus – Johannesburg, South Africa: Night Bus is a safe, cool way of getting around town at night. We enrich the party experience by bringing people closer to brands they love.
Rare Customs – New York, USA: Rare Customs connects SME’s to emerging African tourism and investment trends.
Thandos – Lagos, Nigeria: Thandos provides a platform that empowers aspiring African artists to design women’s fashion footwear that is comfortable, convenient and affordable
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