July saw the launch of the Quartz Africa Innovators List for 2016 and a number of Africa’s truly inspirational women entrepreneurs were recognised for their groundbreaking work in their respective sectors.
The 2016 list includes Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, CEO of WeCyclers in Nigeria and a high impact entrepreneur making a huge difference in the waste recycling sector; Ciiru Waweru, founder of FunKidz in Kenya, a brand for furniture, textiles, and accessories for children; Winnifred Selby, co-founder of Ghana Bamboo Bikes in Ghana, a game-changing company producing bicycles crafted from bamboo; Diana Opoti, founder and MD of Diana Opoti PR in Kenya, a highly successful fashion brand consultancy; Matsi Modise, Managing Director of Simodisa in South Africa, an organisation supporting startup entrepreneurship in the country; Marie Githinji, co-founder of Akirachix in Kenya, a social enterprise inspiring and training the next crop of African women in the continent’s technology space; and Ally Angula, founder of Leap Holdings in Namibia, a multi-faceted group which includes a horticulture business and the growing fashion retail brand MyRepublik.
As with the inaugural 2015 list, each of these women entrepreneur innovators have been chosen for their groundbreaking work, thought-leading initiatives, and creative approaches to globally scalable problem-solving. The 2016 Quartz Africa Innovators List winners were recognised at the Africa Innovators Summit in Nairobi on 20 July, where the Quartz editors interviewed some of the winners live on stage.
Read the full Quartz Africa article below.
It's been just over a year since we launched Quartz Africa. We believed Africa's stories needed to be told with the same cutting-edge digital tools we had harnessed for the rest of Quartz's global coverage, to much acclaim and awards. From the first day we had a bias towards stories of African innovation in the...