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Ep. 6: Lioness Radio Show --- In this episode Melanie talks everything from chocolate, to serial entrepreneurship, to tech, with three inspirational women entrepreneurs from across the African continent - Vicki Bain, founder of Chocoloza a proudly African luxury chocolate brand; Tania Tome, founder of Ecokaya, an entrepreneurial ecosystem builder in Maputo; and Sazia Sousa, Mozambican IT pioneer and founder of Technoplus.
“There are two important days in a person’s life. The first is the day they are born, and the second is the day they find out why. Your job is to find out why you are here and to list five most important personal goals, and your five business goals.”
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Pursue your idea....
"If you think you have a good idea go after it, never give up, and try to get help from the right people."
- Ancha Salvador is the founder of Anchaa's Gluten Free in Mozambique, a company that produces a range of gluten free food products. Ancha's journey to building her health food business has followed a very personal quest to finding solutions and alternatives to overcoming her intolerance to gluten, lactose and sugar. Her deep understanding of the problem has led her to create a range of exciting food products for people with similar dietary needs to enjoy.
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Finding a gap in the marketplace in which to start a business can often be one of the most challenging aspects of being an entrepreneur, but often those market opportunities are right under our noses. Successful entrepreneurs identify challenges in business or life that require innovative solutions, and developing those solutions leads to the creation of exciting new businesses. A great example of this approach to entrepreneurship is leading Ghanaian techpreneur, Farida Bedwei, co-founder of Logiciel. She recognised that access to finance was a real challenge for many people in Ghana who are not part of the conventionally banked system. So together with her business partner, they created a revolutionary new finance platform, a cloud banking solution that allowed access to small scale loans within Ghana. This was a real game-changer in the country in terms of addressing the challenge of financial inclusion, and genuinely changed lives and the economic prosperity of those now able to access the finance they needed. This ability to see a challenge as an opportunity in business is what defines a successful entrepreneur.