Video: Melanie Hawken, LoA founder & editor-in-chief

Welcome to the digital home for Africa's women entrepreneurs. We're all about women entrepreneurs celebrating success, exchanging stories, connecting and networking, learning from like-minded women, and inspiring and mentoring the next generation of women-led startups in Africa. Learn more about us  →

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When women entrepreneurs start talking and collaborating - good things happen! Join our community and start a conversation today. Every woman has something valuable to contribute.

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BOOK FOR LIVE EVENTS

#LIONESSLEANIN

LIONESS LEAN IN BREAKFAST SERIES: Events are FREE, but booking is essential. Prepare to be inspired!

Thursday, 19 May, Johannesburg

Thursday, 19 May, Johannesburg

Thursday, 26 May, Cape Town

Thursday, 26 May, Cape Town

Wednesday, 8 June, Durban

Wednesday, 8 June, Durban

Thursday, 23 June, Johannesburg

Thursday, 23 June, Johannesburg

INSPIRATION & ADVICE

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They say that a picture says a thousand words, and we couldn't agree more. In the world of Lionesses of Africa, we celebrate women's entrepreneurship in all its forms on the continent, and we love the powerful images that conjure up the spirit of women-led startups and the products and services they create. Each Monday to Friday, we feature a striking 'Image of the Day' celebrating the work, or a moment in the life of, a talented African woman entrepreneur. Enjoy!

'Image of the Day Gallery' monthly eBook. Click to view.

IN FOCUS THIS MONTH - AFRICA'S WOMEN JEWELLERY DESIGNERS

  Through the month of May Lionesses of Africa will shine a spotlight on the incredibly creative women jewellery designers of Africa, who are turning the precious metals, gems and semi-precious stones found here on the continent into beautiful decorative pieces for the world to wear. Read more.

 

Through the month of May Lionesses of Africa will shine a spotlight on the incredibly creative women jewellery designers of Africa, who are turning the precious metals, gems and semi-precious stones found here on the continent into beautiful decorative pieces for the world to wear. Read more.

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FEATURED '100 LIONESSES'

MEET & LEARN FROM AFRICA'S LEADING WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS

Monopoly-busting brewer

Meet Tabitha Karanja, founder of Keroche Breweries, Kenya

Meet one of Africa's leading entrepreneurs, a remarkable trailblazer and an example of a woman made good against all the odds who has taken on a male dominated industry. Read her full profile.

Making business an art form

Meet Carrol Boyes, founder of Carrol Boyes, South Africa

Meet an an iconic South African designer who has built a global brand creating an extensive range of distinctive homeware, giftware, flatware and table top products. Read her full profile.

Global shoe brand builder

Meet Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu, founder of soleRebels, Ethiopia

Meet the woman behind the world's fastest-growing African footwear brand and the only Fair Trade-certified footwear company in the world. Read her full profile.

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FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

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Lionesses of Africa is a celebration of some of the most inspirational women entrepreneurs on the African continent, each with a unique story to tell and experiences to share. Some of these 'lionesses' are well known, instantly recognisable names and brands in the world of business and industry in Africa and globally. Others may not be household names yet, but are equally an inspiration due to their stories, their tenacity, their imagination, their triumph over adversity, and the indelible mark they have made in the world of business and social entrepreneurship.  Lionesses of Africa is being written to recognise and applaud each of these women entrepreneurs on the continent, to celebrate their achievements, and to inspire new generations of future women entrepreneurs in Africa.

Lionesses of Africa is due to be published in 2016 - watch this space for more details.......