Female Entrepreneurship Business Competition

She Leads Africa’s Entrepreneur Showcase is a platform that introduces the continent’s most promising female entrepreneurs to investors, accelerators, and mentors looking to invest in the next generation of African talent. The journey started in June with the announcement of the pitch competition. Below is some data collected on the more than 380 applicants who applied from almost 30 different countries.

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In August, 10 young female entrepreneurs where chosen as finalists and this past weekend, She Leads Africa, hosted a weekend of innovation in which these #shentrepreneurs presented at Terra Kulture in Lagos for their chance to win the $10,000 grand prize. “These finalists represent some of the best and the brightest entrepreneurial talent in Africa, and we look forward to seeing the outcome of the competition,” co-founder of She Leads Africa, Yasmin Belo-Osagie, said. On Saturday, the 10 finalists presented and 3 emerged on top.

The top 3 finalist were:

3. Taffi Woolward, CEO and co-founder of Thando’s: Taffi is a Guyanese-American who has been living in Lagos for the past year. Thando’s provides a platform that empowers aspiring African artists to design women’s fashion footwear that is comfortable, convenient and affordable.

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2. Nour Drissi, founder of Loue1voiture.com: Nour is launching the first car hire booking platform to book a car from local and international car hire companies in Morocco.

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And the winner, Cherae Robinson, co-founder of Rare Customs: Cherae is from Brentwood, NY and launched Rare Customs to promote Afro-tourism. Her start-up connects SME’s to emerging African tourism and investment trends. Learn more about Cherae by reading our interview with her.

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In addition to the cash prizes, the finalists walked away with non-financial prizes such as phones and tablets, brand consultation, free office space, access to prominent venture capitalists and angel investors, as well as additional tools needed to expand their existing start-ups and achieve their business dreams. Plus, Alhaji Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man, made this announcement:

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Here are some more images from the event taken by Mohini Ufeli, Ayiba‘s Lagos correspondent.

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For more information on She Leads Africa, visit www.sheLeadsAfrica.org

Ayiba Magazine is a proud media sponsor for She Leads Africa’s pitch competition.