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Omar Hagrass

Omar Hagrass

Omar Hagrass is a rising star in the African tech ecosystem.

He is the co-founder and CEO of Trella, a Cairo-based trucking marketplace that connects shippers to carriers. Trella offers services and technology to empower drivers, improve their efficiency, boost their earnings and utilization, and create job opportunities.

Omar has a proven track record of success in the technology industry, having previously worked as the Launch and Expansion EMEA Manager with Uber in the UK, where he set up the operations for UberEATS across EMEA in Dubai, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Riyadh, and 40+ cities in the UK.
He is a graduate of the University of Oregon with a bachelor’s degree in Political Economy.

He is also a member of the Raba Partnership, an organization that provides mentorship and support to early-stage entrepreneurs in Africa.
Omar’s notable accomplishments include successfully raising the largest seed round in Egypt to date for Trella. A passionate entrepreneur with a proven track record, Omar also strongly advocates for using technology to improve people’s lives in Africa.

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Samy Mwamba

Samy Mwamba is a Congolese edtech entrepreneur making a significant impact on the African continent.

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 Ory Okolloh

Ory is a Kenyan activist, lawyer, and a strong advocate for using technology to promote democracy and human rights.

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Jeremiah Thoronka

Jeremiah Thoronka is a Sierra Leonean innovator, entrepreneur, and scholar with intimate knowledge of energy, climate change, environment, sustainability, and development.

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Adeola Alli

Adeola Alli

Adeola Alli is a Nigerian tech entrepreneur behind onehealthng.com, a pioneering health-tech startup in Nigeria.

With her passion for transforming healthcare, Alli is revolutionizing pharmacare and improving access to medication through innovative digital solutions. As a pharmacist, Alli recognized the challenges faced by patients in accessing essential medications and healthcare services. Determined to bridge this gap, she founded OneHealth, an innovative platform that leverages technology to digitize and streamline the pharmacare experience.

Through OneHealth, Alli aims to empower patients by providing convenient access to medication, healthcare information, and personalized support.
The platform offers a range of services, including prescription management, medication reminders, online consultations with pharmacists, and doorstep delivery of medications. One of the key accomplishments of Adeola Alli and her team at OneHealth is their commitment to driving the digital transformation of pharmacare in Nigeria.

By embracing technology and digital solutions, they are improving medication adherence, reducing errors, and enhancing the overall patient experience.
With her leadership and innovative approach, Alli is driving significant change in the Nigerian healthcare industry and making a positive impact by making medication and healthcare services more accessible, convenient, and efficient for patients across the country.

As the CEO of OneHealth, she continues to inspire and pave the way for future health-tech entrepreneurs in Nigeria, showcasing the power of technology in improving healthcare outcomes and transforming lives.

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Emmanuel Nyirinkindi

Emmanuel Nyirinkindi is a distinguished leader shaping the future of development and economic empowerment across the African continent.

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Cedric Atangana

Cedric Atangana

Cedric Atangana is a Cameroonian entrepreneur and technology innovator known for contributing to the African tech ecosystem.

He is the co-founder of WeCashUp, a fintech startup that enables businesses to accept multiple payment methods seamlessly across various African countries. WeCashUp’s innovative technology allows users to make payments using mobile money, bank cards, and other local payment methods, making it easier for businesses to access and serve customers in Africa’s diverse and fragmented digital payment landscape.

The platform aims to bridge the gap between traditional financial systems and mobile money services, promoting regional financial inclusion.
Cedric’s journey as an entrepreneur started with a bold vision – to bridge the gap between traditional financial systems and the vast potential of mobile money services in Africa. His tireless efforts in promoting tech entrepreneurship and innovation have not gone unnoticed. He has been an inspiring advocate for nurturing a thriving tech ecosystem in Africa.

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Delphine Traoré 

Delphine is a prominent figure in the finance and insurance industry and has played a significant role in the African business landscape.

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Lelemba Phiri

Lelemba Phiri is an award-winning Zambian-born educator, author, keynote speaker, and gender-lens angel investor.

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Francis Nderitu

Francis Nderitu is a Kenyan tech entrepreneur redefining the cold chain industry and transforming how perishable goods are distributed across Kenya.

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20 African startups chosen for 4th Future is Female Mentorship Programme

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20 African startups chosen for 4th Future is Female Mentorship Programme

In a significant stride towards promoting gender diversity and empowerment in the African startup ecosystem, the 4th edition of the “Future is Female Mentorship Programme” has unveiled its selection of 20 pioneering startups led by women entrepreneurs.
 

The initiative, designed to uplift and support women in business, has garnered attention as a beacon of progress in fostering gender inclusivity within the tech and entrepreneurial sectors.

Empowering African Women Entrepreneurs

The Future is Female Mentorship Programme, now in its fourth year, aims to address the gender imbalance prevalent in the startup landscape by providing mentorship, guidance, and resources to women-led businesses across the African continent.

The programme’s commitment to nurturing a more inclusive entrepreneurial environment has not only fostered women’s empowerment but also sparked innovative ventures that contribute to economic growth and societal transformation.

20 Startups, 20 Visions

After a meticulous selection process, 20 exceptional startups have been picked to participate in this year’s mentorship programme.

Nine of the selected founders are from Nigeria, namely Al Hassan Keita, founder of EtioneraPay; Jennifer Echenim, founder of Bloccpay; Gold Sylvester, founder of Traddify; Ngozi Nwabueze, founder of PocketLawyers; Sarah Odiavbara, founder of Craftmerce; Olawunmi Akalusi, founder of Rísé NG; Bibi Ikuemonisan, founder of FarmCorps; Joy Akparobore, founder of VAMUZ; and Kemi Ogunkoya, founder of LeaderX.

Six others are from Kenya, namely Celeste Tchetgen Vogel, founder of e-Waka Mobility; Juliet (Shiro) Njoroge, founder of Mosmos Africa; Natasha Makindu, founder of Paydel; Fridah Karani, founder of Hela Money; Jackie Kamau, founder of The Laundry Lady; and Elizabeth Nduta, founder of Gwiji.

Mai Shakweer, founder of Egypt’s AutoMechanic; Jacqui Rogers, founder of South Africa’s My Pregnancy Journey; Sophia Abeid, founder of Tanzania’s Vide; Rym Bourguiba, founder of Tunisia’s WildyNess; and Vwanganji Amatende-Bowa, founder of Zambia’s Mightyfinance, complete the cohort.

These startups, hailing from various African countries and spanning diverse industries, reflect the breadth of innovation emerging from the continent.

Ranging from fintech to agritech, healthcare to e-commerce, the selected startups showcase the depth of women’s entrepreneurship and their ability to drive change in traditionally male-dominated sectors.

Mentorship, Collaboration, and Growth

The chosen startups will now have the opportunity to engage with seasoned mentors, industry experts, and successful entrepreneurs who will provide invaluable insights, guidance, and support throughout the programme’s duration.

Through personalized mentorship, workshops, networking events, and exposure to investment opportunities, the participating women entrepreneurs will be equipped with the tools necessary to scale their businesses and create lasting impact in their respective markets.

Championing Diversity for a Stronger Future

The 4th edition of the Future is Female Mentorship Programme marks a remarkable step forward in the ongoing quest for gender equality and representation within the African startup ecosystem.

By fostering collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and mentorship, the programme not only empowers women-led startups but also contributes to the creation of a more diverse, resilient, and innovative business landscape.

The Road Ahead

The 4th Future is Female Mentorship Programme is set to kick off with an official launch event, where the chosen startups will be introduced to their mentors and fellow participants.

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Felista Aku

Felista Aku

In the dynamic landscape of Africa’s burgeoning startup ecosystem, Felista Aku stands out as a driving force behind fostering innovation and entrepreneurship.

As the Senior Partnership Officer at AfriLabs, Felista plays a pivotal role in spearheading initiatives that support technology and innovation hubs across the continent. AfriLabs is a pan-African network of technology and innovation hubs renowned for its relentless commitment to nurturing and scaling startups in Africa.


Felista’s unwavering dedication and passion have earned her recognition as a key influencer, contributing significantly to the growth of Africa’s business and technology landscape.

At Afrilabs, she is at the forefront of forging strategic collaborations that enable AfriLabs to extend its reach and impact across the continent.
Her ability to cultivate these partnerships has played a crucial role in securing critical funding and resources to empower AfriLabs’ member hubs and startups.

Through her leadership, Felista has overseen the establishment of groundbreaking initiatives that have accelerated the growth of African startups.
She has been instrumental in creating programs that facilitate access to funding, mentorship, and networking opportunities, enabling entrepreneurs to scale their businesses and make a lasting impact in their communities. Felista is also passionate about gender diversity and women’s empowerment in the tech and startup space.

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Diene Keita

Diene Keita is the Deputy Executive Director for Programmes for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), appointed in June 2020.

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Jean Lobe Lobe

Jean Lobe Lobe

Jean Lobe Lobe is a trailblazing entrepreneur from Cameroon, making waves in the health technology space.

Jean’s remarkable journey began with a vision to revolutionize healthcare delivery using cutting-edge digital solutions. He is the visionary founder behind the innovative e-health startup, WASPITO, a startup on a mission to transform the healthcare landscape.

Waspito, under the leadership of Jean Lobe Lobe, has garnered immense attention and acclaim for its pioneering digital health solutions.
Leveraging the power of technology, the startup aims to bridge gaps in healthcare accessibility, affordability, and efficiency.

Jean’s impact extends beyond the business realm.
He has emerged as a changemaker, inspiring a new generation of entrepreneurs and innovators in his homeland and across Africa.

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Dr. Alistair Mokoena

Dr Alistair Mokoena is a respected leader in the advertising and marketing industry who is passionate about using technology to solve social and economic challenges.

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Mirna Arif

Mirna Arif is the General Manager of Microsoft Egypt, the first woman to assume this role.

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Lilian Makoi Rabi

Lilian Makoi Rabi

Lilian is a trailblazing Tanzanian tech entrepreneur, passionate about technology, financial inclusion, and innovations for the underserved.

Lilian’s entrepreneurial journey began with a powerful vision – to provide affordable health insurance for all Africans. With unwavering determination, she founded Jamii Africa, an innovative tech-driven platform that’s rewriting the rules of healthcare access.

Through Jamii Africa, she has shattered barriers, making health insurance accessible to millions who were previously excluded.
As a tech entrepreneur, Lilian understands the boundless potential of technology in transforming lives. Her relentless pursuit of digital solutions has seen her go on to co-found a number of tech startups, including Mipango App.

MipangoApp is an AI-enabled personal finance app for the Africa Market. It enables users to track their income and expenses, set financial goals and get personalized financial advice and investment opportunities.
Lilian’s unwavering determination, innovative spirit, and dedication to improving lives have seen her win several accolades, including being named the Most Innovative Woman in Technology by The World Economic Forum.

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Winnifred Selby

Winnifred is an award-winning, multi-talented Ghanaian social entrepreneur who strongly advocates for women’s empowerment.

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Adeola Alli

Adeola Alli is a Nigerian tech entrepreneur behind onehealthng.com, a pioneering health-tech startup in Nigeria.

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Ohemaa Adjei Andoh

Ohemaa Adjei Andoh

Ohemaa Adjei Andoh is a notable individual with a significant impact in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in Ghana.

She is actively involved in promoting STEM education and empowering young girls in science and technology. Ohemaa has made remarkable contributions to the STEM community in Ghana and is recognized as a mentor and advocate for women and girls in these fields.

With a background in biomedical engineering and project management, she has used her experience and expertise to become a trailblazer in encouraging more girls and women to pursue careers in STEM.
She is the Founder of Girls in Science and Technology-GIST (GIST) and PM STEAM Educational Center, two initiatives aimed at providing opportunities, training, and mentorship for young girls in STEM.

Through these organizations, she works tirelessly to break down gender barriers in the male-dominated fields of science and technology and inspire the next generation of female scientists, engineers, and technologists.
Ohemaa’s efforts have garnered international recognition, featuring her work in various media outlets, including the United Nations Africa Renewal magazine and other reputable platforms.

Her dedication to promoting gender equality and empowering girls to pursue STEM education has also earned her admiration and respect within the STEM community in Ghana and beyond.
Her work is making a significant impact on the lives of many young girls and women in Ghana, providing them with the tools and support they need to thrive and contribute to the advancement of technology and innovation in the country.

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 Austin Okere

Austin Okere

Okere is a renowned Nigerian entrepreneur, investor, and technology expert.

He is the Founder of CWG PLC, a leading information technology company in Nigeria. Okere has played a significant role in developing the technology industry in Nigeria and across Africa.

As the Founder of CWG, he has been a driving force behind the exponential growth of the technology industry in Nigeria.
His relentless pursuit of innovation and unwavering commitment to excellence has established CWG as a trailblazing information technology company, transforming businesses and empowering organizations with cutting-edge tech solutions.

Beyond building a tech empire, Okere has become a beacon of hope for countless aspiring entrepreneurs and startups across Africa.
His mentorship and support have nurtured a generation of bright minds, providing them with the tools and guidance to make their mark in the dynamic world of technology and business.

As a thought leader, he has been an inspirational voice at various prestigious events and conferences, sharing insights on digital transformation, disruptive technologies, and the immense potential of Africa’s burgeoning tech ecosystem.

Beyond business success, Okere has a heart for philanthropy and a deep belief in the power of education to transform lives.
He has been actively involved in initiatives to improve access to quality education, giving young minds a chance to dream big and reach for the stars.

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 Ory Okolloh

Ory is a Kenyan activist, lawyer, and a strong advocate for using technology to promote democracy and human rights.

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Catherine Nakalembe

Catherine is a Ugandan environmental scientist using satellite remote sensing to generate data to formulate policies and programs to protect farmers from the effects of food failure.

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Ndidi, Nnoli-Edozien

Ndidi Nnoli-Edozien is a Nigerian social entrepreneur and corporate sustainability and responsibility expert and Bottom of the Pyramid empowerment advocate.

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