Meet the 25 African female tech-startup founders selected for the second edition of “The Future is Female Mentorship Program”

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Twenty-five African female-founded tech startups have been selected for the second edition of The Future is Female Mentorship Program, a PR and communications mentorship program dedicated exclusively to African female tech founders.

Sub-Saharan Africa boasts the world’s highest rate of women entrepreneurs, at 27%.

The program gained the attention of international business magazine Forbes who exclusively announced the 25 finalists for the 2021 edition would become mentees of the Program, making up the #Classof2021.

Once the 25 finalists have completed the Future is Female Mentorship program; they will own insights into the fundamentals of PR and communications and understand how to leverage this knowledge to gain visibility, grow their business, work with media and build their brand.

The inaugural edition of the Program was launched on Africa Day in 2020 by C. Moore Media (CMM), a New York-headquartered PR agency focusing on the US, UK, and African markets. According to the PR firm, the program was launched to help the least supported group, early-stage startups led by Africa female tech founders when businesses worldwide were reeling from the effects of the global pandemic.

Here are the 25 selected finalists for the 2021 edition.

In this second edition, the program received 180 applications from 26 different African countries translating to a 30% increase compared to the applications received in the inaugural edition.

Nigeria

  • Joanne Osuchukwu, Hlink
  • Ifedolapo Lawal, Afrinovate Technology
  • Adaobi Eneh, RoboRep
  • Ibironke Yekinni, Testify Limited
  • Wunmi Akinsola, Fashtracker
  • Olarenwaju Erogbogbo, Doing Good Work in Africa
  • Kosi Ejieji, MyChassis
  • Tale Alimi, Owoafara

South Africa

  • Thato Schermer, Zoie Health
  • Gugu Kheswa, Hello Africa Travel
  • Joshna Nagar, APJ Technologies
  • Siyanda Mpambani, Pink Torque Projects
  • Noxolo Fani, Platform Excel.

Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya

  • Nisingizwe Joselyn, Smart Ikigega Project (Rwanda)
  • Eva Barasa, Valley Hub Ltd (Rwanda)
  • Prisca Magori, Tenten Explore (Tanzania)
  • Nancy Passiany, Veesh Africa (Kenya)
  • Cathy Chepkemboi, Tushop (Kenya)

Guinea, Cameroon and Senegal

  • Marly Diallo, BRT Energy (Guinea)
  • Selma Ndi Ekfvei, Data Girl Technologies (Cameroon)
  • Fatou Gning, Amal Crowdfunding (Senegal)

Egypt, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Eswatini

  • Heba Eldessouky, As Good As New (Egypt)
  • Rebecca Nanono, Shetechtive (Uganda)
  • Nadege Bolingo, Connecticut Institute for Social Entrepreneurship (DRC)
  • Setsabile Mkhabela, Boast-ID (Eswatini)