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Start-up Stories

My 9-to-5 Made Me Too Comfortable. So I Became an Entrepreneur.
2 years ago

My 9-to-5 Made Me Too Comfortable. So I Became an Entrepreneur.

Discovering Discomfort

I moved to China when I was 21 years old.

In May 2010 I graduated from UNC Chapel Hill and that following …
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2015 She Leads Africa Winner: OmoAlata
2 years ago

2015 She Leads Africa Winner: OmoAlata

After a fierce competition with five other six inspiring and ambitious African women, Nigerian food and beverage start-up OmoAlata, founded by Kasope Ladipo-Ajai, emerged the victor. As the …
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Salon Talk with Ngozi Opara of Heat Free Hair
2 years ago

Salon Talk with Ngozi Opara of Heat Free Hair

Ngozi Opara, founder of Heat Free Hair, is a motherland mogul. The DC-based Nigerian entrepreneur is a leading provider of 100% virgin hair extensions designed to perfectly blend …
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Making Baobab Famous with Aduna
2 years ago

Making Baobab Famous with Aduna

Aduna is a health and beauty brand that uses superfoods like baobab and moringa to create superfood powders and energy bars for detoxification and revitalization. Co-founders Andrew Hunt and Nick Salter …
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Tea Time with YSWARA
2 years ago

Tea Time with YSWARA

Ivorian entrepreneur Swaady Martin is often described as the “Queen of African Luxury.” With a line of exotic teas with names like Shaka Zulu, Pharaoh Tut, and …
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Start-up Stories: AAKS
2 years ago

Start-up Stories: AAKS

Akosua Afriyie-Kumi, the glamourous Ghanaian behind gorgeous new accessories line AAKS, likes to say she is fond of sunsets. Her love for color is abundantly clear from her vibrant …
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Start-Up Stories: Jembere Eyewear
2 years ago

Start-Up Stories: Jembere Eyewear

After nearly a decade of designing eyewear, Abaynesh Jembere decided to live her dreams by launching her own line of sunglasses. Her brand, Jembere Eyewear, fuses Abaynesh’s passion …
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Start-Up Stories: Solar Sister
2 years ago

Start-Up Stories: Solar Sister

Africa’s economic growth and quality of life are hindered by a lack of power. The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that over 585 million people across the …
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Start-up Stories: Reel Fruit
2 years ago

Start-up Stories: Reel Fruit

During her time at Endeavor South Africa, a non-profit that identifies and supports innovative, high-impact entrepreneurs in emerging markets, Affiong Williams became inspired by the entrepreneurs she …
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Start-up Stories: Zere Fashion House
2 years ago

Start-up Stories: Zere Fashion House

Tosin Obalade has a master’s degree in pharmacy from the University of Nottingham, but when she is not working full time as a pharmacist, she is busy …
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