The Women Entrepreneurship for Africa (WE4A) has selected 30 female entrepreneurs to receive up to an additional €50,000 in grant funding as well as an additional three months of training focused on growth.
The 30 companies were selected from over 90 entrepreneurs that pitched their solutions at the WE4A Acceleration Programme demo day set to support women entrepreneurs in Sub-Saharan Africa to flourish and contribute to employment creation in their communities.
“The acceleration and growth programmes show how the enormous potential of growth-oriented, women-owned businesses can be better harnessed for employment and prosperity on the African continent. SAFEEM has proven to be a highly professional implementation partner, providing needs-based training and mentoring to the selected women entrepreneurs and guiding them towards investment readiness.” Elmar Kerck, GIZ Team Leader WE4A.
Interesting WE4A Acceleration Programme Figures
The Acceleration Programme provided 99 women-led companies from across 15 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa with a recorded 800 hours of mentor meetings, 67 hours of training per company, and 234 experiments run by the entrepreneurs.
WE4A Acceleration Programme Prize Winners
During the program’s demo day, some participants of the program were also able to receive prizes from the partners: CADAP, Tekedia, Nigeria Trade and Investment Summit in the United Kingdom, Adalo, and Bubble.io.
The prize winners are as follows:
- CADAP – 6 Scholarships to Tekedia Institute Mini MBA: BleagLee, Erith Health Services, Farms2shelves, Blue Sands Academy, Laalfi Farms Nigeria Limited, and Eco Pads
- CADAP – Access to International Payment Infrastructure: Serah Kassim
- Tekedia – 5 Scholarships to Tekedia Institute Mini MBA: Pearl Recycling, LegsApparel, The Safety Chic, Uganics Repellents, and African Things
- Full Access to the Nigeria Trade and Investment Summit in the United Kingdom: MyStash
- Six months of Adalo Pro and 3 x 1 hour workshops: DataGirl Technologies
- Bubble Bootcamp seat for free 4 sessions for two hours: McComan Furnishings
WE4A Growth Programme Participants
From the Acceleration Programme, 30 entrepreneurs were selected to receive follow-on funding of up to €50,000 as well as an additional three months of the growth programme training. The 30 selected women-led companies are the following:
- Africa Wealth Initiative (Nigeria) – Provides an on-demand delivery solution that takes fresh agro-produce from farms to homes.
- Chil Artificial Intelligence Lab (Uganda) – Uses the power of machine learning and AI to put chronic disease prevention and management services in the hands of any woman.
- Dial A Pad Limited (Kenya) – Deploys an app, e-commerce platform, and smart sanitary towel dispensers to achieve uninterrupted education for women and girls.
- Dromedic (Uganda) – With data, smart logistics, and tech, Dromedic links blood suppliers with hospitals—reducing waste and increasing fast blood delivery, while maintaining quality control.
- Eco Hustle Co Ltd (Mauritius) – Equips rural African women with affordable, effective, and 100% biodegradable sanitary napkins through an innovative sanitary napkin production unit.
- Farm Innovation Nigeria Ltd (Nigeria) – Developed two products that leverage call support, mobile and web applications, and database technologies to reach farmers with advisory services.
- Farm On Wheels (Nigeria) – Provides farmers access to inputs, services, and markets, on credit at 0% interest, enabling them to increase production capacity, yield, and income.
- FarmerTribe (Ghana) – FarmerTribe provides timely access to agricultural inputs, training, and extension services to smallholder farmers in last-mile communities.
- Farmio (Ghana) – Farmio leverages precision farming techniques to provide affordable greenhouse farms to guarantee about 120% increased productivity.
- Fenou Packaging (Mauritius) – AGRIPACK is the first online platform that allows producers/processors in the agricultural sector to find and order packaging suitable for their products online.
- Happy Coffee (Nigeria) – Designs coffee-centered solutions using locally sourced coffee with a mandate to boost local consumption and production of Nigerian coffee.
- Innovate Labs (Ghana) – Innovate Labs is a design firm providing cutting-edge design and prototyping services that enable entrepreneurs to rapidly take ideas to market.
- Kosmotive (Rwanda) – Kosmotive is a social enterprise that focuses on improving reproductive, maternal, and child health in Rwanda and throughout Africa.
- Kwanza Cocoa (Malawi) – Kwanza Cocoa is a multifaceted business combining agriculture and manufacturing of cocoa products in Malawi. Their goal is to make locally manufactured high-quality cocoa products available at a reasonable cost.
- Loom Craft Chocolate (Nigeria) – They are artisanal cocoa processors with a strong focus on the quality of our products and the sustainability of our processes.
- Mamamoni (Nigeria) – MamaMoni aims to provide micro business loans to underserved women and low-income women in rural and urban areas in Nigeria.
- Mukuru Clean Stoves (Kenya) – Designs, manufactures and distributes improved, efficient, and reliable cookstoves.
- MyStash (Nigeria) – Helps Africans save and invest subconsciously through a save-as-you-spend/earn model. Similar to Acorns, but for Africa.
- Nyayo Moms Sokos Limited (Kenya) – A one-stop e-commerce platform that will host all vendor listings, paid downloadable resources, and women’s professional listings.
- ORIKI Global & Synergy LImited (Nigeria) – ORIKI is a luxury skin and hair care brand that fuses all-natural ingredients primarily sourced from the continent of Africa with scientific research to create extraordinary products.
- Paperbags (Nigeria) – Paperbags is an eco-friendly packaging manufacturing company that allows SMEs in West Africa to gain easy access to eco-friendly packaging alternatives
- Plumbee Wholefoods Ltd (Kenya) – Plumbee Wholefoods Ltd is a Kenyan-based, female-owned agro-processing company formed to offer affordable, functional, and nutritious foods for babies, children, and families. Their model is designed to develop strong linkages with smallholder farmers to promote family health and nutrition for low-income families.
- Promane and Promade Ltd/MCare App (Nigeria) – M’Care is an AI super app that detects, diagnoses, treats, and limits the spread of diseases and outbreaks for low resource settings.
- Redbutton (Nigeria) – Redbutton is a sustainable fashion company creating more sustainable alternatives, apparel, headwear, and accessories for men and women.
- SourceMyGadgets (Nigeria) – A platform-based solution creating personalized services that meet the end-to-end needs of consumers and fragmented suppliers.
- Store2Door (Rwanda) – An e-commerce startup that bridges the gap between farmers and consumers by allowing them to sell and list their harvest products on the website.
- The Ecobarter Company (Nigeria) – Ecobarter is an integrated waste resource reduction, recovery, and recycling platform provider.
- The Smart Way To Be Better (Nigeria) – Provides convenient online access to mental health services 24/7.
- Women Smiles Uganda (Uganda) – Women Smiles Uganda provides affordable, reliable, and modern training in sustainable vertical farming concepts for underserved women in Africa.
- ZAAF Collection (Ethiopia) – ZAAF is a collection of handcrafted leather goods & accessories proudly produced in Africa from the finest materials beautifully integrated with ageless patterns created on traditional looms.