10 Emerging Women Entrepreneurs To Watch In Africa – 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.

According to Afua Osei, a co-founder of She Leads Africa, 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., and you should watch out for them:

She Leads Africa Finalists

She Leads Africa Finalists

Winifred Selby, Ghanaian

Founder, AfroCentric Bamboo

Selby, a Ghanaian national, is the founder of Afrocentric Bamboo Limited, a company that manufactures and markets bicycles made from bamboo. Afrocentric Bamboo bicycles are produced exclusively for the local market and are priced at $100. Selby is a finalist of the 2014 Cartier Women’s Initiative Award.

Banke Kuku, Nigerian

Founder, Banke Kuku Textiles

Banke Kuku, a Nigerian textiles designer, founded her self-named company in 2011. Banke  Kuku Textiles fuses traditional African and Western culture to create, intricate, unique and luxurious fabrics for the interior and fashion industries.

Oyindamola Honey Ogundeyi, Nigerian

Founder, Fashpa.com

Ogundeyi is the founder of Fashpa.com, a Nigerian e-commerce site that sells international fashion and lifestyle brands to locals.

Nour Drissi, Morroco

Founder, Loue 1 Voiture

Drissi’s company, Loue 1 Voiture is the first online platform that enables you to reserve a car from big and small car hire companies in Morocco.

Elizabeth Kperrun, Nigerian

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