DRIVE LARGE-SCALE CHANGE SO THAT AFRICA'S WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO ACHIEVE THEIR START-UP DREAMS
Lionesses of Africa Public Benefit Corporation is a social enterprise working to advance Africa’s women entrepreneurs, by building and delivering entrepreneur development programmes, mentoring programmes, business tools, digital media channels, community platforms, networking events and information resources. Delivered at scale to women entrepreneurs, always free of charge.
Lionesses of Africa creates impact by growing the next generation of women entrepreneurs across Africa. By supporting women to achieve their start-up dreams, we empower them to generate economic prosperity, to improve their communities, and to become game-changers Africa needs to solve pressing socio-economic problems.
Lionesses of Africa has over 750,000 users across 54 African countries and also reaches tens of thousands of users in the Diaspora in Europe and North America. It is on target to reach the goal of empowering ONE MILLION women entrepreneurs across Africa.
Lionesses of Africa launched on 19 November 2014 on the first ever Global Women’s Entrepreneurship Day.
Lionesses of Africa's launch was inspired by the realisation that, just as for the prides of lionesses that live and hunt on the plains of Africa, life is a daily battle for survival for women entrepreneurs. In their quest to survive and thrive, women entrepreneurs can learn a lot from lionesses and their pride dynamics. How they hunt as a group to bring down the biggest prey; how they raise and coach their young; how they protect the group; and how they collaborate in order to survive even the harshest environments.
It is these lessons of powerful pride dynamics that have shaped Lionesses of Africa's belief in the power of community. And, our belief that Africa's women entrepreneurs can achieve more and go 'Further, Together.'
MELANIE HAWKEN - SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR & CHAMPION OF AFRICA'S WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS
Melanie is on a mission to drive large-scale change for Africa's women entrepreneurs, the most underserved on the planet. She believes it is possible to support the development of a new generation of women entrepreneurs who can become the change agents Africa so badly needs.
An entrepreneur most of her life, Melanie has over 30 years experience in media, publishing, and communications. She is now harnessing this expertise to build a powerful network of women entrepreneurs committed to sharing, inspiring and connecting with one another for accelerated success. Melanie passionately believes it’s time to provide the support, the business tools and inspiration to ensure the next generation of women-led businesses in Africa can flourish and fulfil their potential.
LIONESSES OF AFRICA AS AN ORGANIZATION IS IMPACT OBSESSED. WE RIGOROUSLY MEASURE AND EVALUATE EVERY ASPECT OF OUR WORK TO CREATE IMPACT FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH OUR IMPACT PARTNERS.
We don't believe in silver bullets and have a multifaceted approach to creating programmes and impact. We deliver free to use information and education resources to our 600,000+ community; we profile thousands of start-up stories, new launches and co-labs of our members; we ran 54 networking events across 15 African cities in 2017 for over 6,000 women; we provide world-class training to women through our accelerators; we deliver a 12 month mentoring programme to our high-growth potential members; we drop over 2 Million newsletters a year promoting our users and their products and services around the world; we provide powerful access to market and capital programmes for our members at our high profile international events; we raise the voice of Africa's women entrepreneurs through our blogger platform and campaigns. These are just some of the ways we are practically advancing Africa's women entrepreneurs. And, we're just getting started!
DELIVERING A WORLD OF ENTREPRENEUR RESOURCES. AVAILABLE TO AFRICA'S WOMEN FOR FREE.
600,000+ users and growing
Active across all 54 African countries
180,000+ users across Europe & North America
30,000+ new user growth per month
300,000+ connected mobile users
40% of users aged between 25-34
200,000+ new users in 2017
52 Lioness events across 15 African cities in 2017
1.5 MILLION+ digital newsletters delivered in 2017
Expansion of Lioness Accelerator Program
Expansion of Lioness Lean In Pan-Africa event series
Launch of Kukua Entrepreneur Development Program
Launch of Lioness Mentoring Program
Launch of Start-up Night! Africa international event series
Launch of multi language newsletters