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.