Twenty-five female-founded African tech startups will attend the second edition of The Future is Female Mentorship Programme, which aims to provide them with insights into the fundamentals of PR and communications whilst also helping them understand how to leverage this knowledge to gain visibility and build their brands.
Run by C. Moore Media International Public Relations, a New York-headquartered PR agency focusing on the US, UK, and African markets, the Programme seeks to provide the underserved market of African female founders of early-stage startups with the PR and communications insights, knowledge, and skills needed to gain visibility and grow their businesses.
“As a Black female founder myself, I understand the challenges Black and African female founders and entrepreneurs have as we are the least supported and the least funded, especially in the male-dominated tech space,” said Claudine Moore, Founder of CMM and the Future is Female Mentorship Program.
The Future is Female Mentorship Programme which is aimed at African women based on the continent or in the diaspora, launching or growing a tech business for African markets or serving Africans in the diaspora, selected 12 startups for its inaugural edition last year, and has now selected 25 entrepreneurs for the second edition from a total of 180 applications which had been received from 26 different African countries.
The 2021 mentees include two from Kenya, namely Nancy Passiany of Veesh Africa and Cathy Chepkemboi of Tushop, eight from Nigeria, namely Joanne Osuchukwu of Hlink, Ifedolapo Lawal of Afrinovate Technology, Adaobi Eneh of RoboRep, Ibironke Yekinni of Testify, Wunmi Akinsola of Fashtracker, Olarenwaju Erogbogbo of Doing Good Work in Africa, Kosi Ejieji of MyChassis, and Tale Alimi of Owoafara.
South Africa takes five spots, that is Thato Schermer from Zoie Health, Gugu Kheswa of Hello Africa Travel, Joshna Nagar of APJ Technologies, Siyanda Mpambani from Pink Torque Projects, and Noxolo Fani of Platform Excel.
Rwanda has two representatives– Nisingizwe Joselyn of Smart Ikigega Project and Eva Barasa of Valley Hub, and
Prisca Magori, Tenten Explore (Tanzania); Marly Diallo, BRT Energy (Guinea); Selma Ndi Ekfvei, Data Girl Technologies (Cameroon), Fatou Gning, Amal Crowdfunding (Senegal); Heba Eldessouky, As Good As New (Egypt); Rebecca Nanono, Shetechtive (Uganda); Nadege Bolingo, Connecticut Institute for Social Entrepreneurship (DRC); and Setsabile Mkhabela, Boast-ID (Eswatini) complete the list.