Millennials think differently and have unique approaches to networking and connecting, often in the digital space. So entrepreneur Tshiamiso Kgomanyane, founder of SHE Legal Co, is creating a digital platform for millennial women in law and entrepreneurship to connect with and empower one another.
LoA learned more about this highly specialised business from its founder, Tshiamiso Kgomanyane this month.
What does your company do?
SHE Legal Co is an online portal for millennial women in law and entrepreneurship. We seek to create a space for multifaceted women in law to showcase their different businesses outside and sometimes within the legal industry. We want to connect women from all across Africa and the Diaspora to inspire, positively affect and challenge each other through sharing their different journeys and empowering content created on the site.
"We seek to create a space for multifaceted women in law to showcase their different businesses outside and sometimes within the legal industry."
What inspired you to start your company?
Women are underrepresented in a lot of industries, but in the legal community women and especially black women do not have a space to exist. So we identified the opportunity to act as a catalyst in creating these platforms and opportunities to young African women. It's a social initiative that's bound to change how the role of women is looked at in Africa, law, business and tech. We wanted to play a role in disrupting the status quo and assisting women through our platform to occupy the many available seats at the table only reserved for a select few.
Why should anyone use your service or product?
Never has a space like ours been created, there's always a platform for women in just business, or women in just law. Now with our platform, you get the best of both and more. Ours is to impart that in these young women, they don't have to be just one thing. Women have time and time again proven to be multi dimensional, can always be more than one thing and our platform and service is exactly what one needs in having maximum expression in these closed off spaces.
"We wanted to play a role in disrupting the status quo and assisting women through our platform to occupy the many available seats at the table only reserved for a select few."
Tell us a little about your team
I'm currently a start up, that's been in business for about a year next month in June 2018 and currently a team of one. I create the online content, strategies, and design for the online platform.
Share a little about your entrepreneurial journey. And, do you come from an entrepreneurial background?
I'm a social entrepreneur, I've worked in different community development programmers and it's seemingly in line with the work that I do now. This is my first business and I do not come from an entrepreneurial background. I'm self taught, and strive to learn each day for things that can grow both myself and my business.
What are your future plans and aspirations for your company?
My company will be a year next month. And there's a plan to relaunch the site, raise funding to grow the work force so that it can help with updating the site’s design and content creation. Throughout the course of this year, SHE Legal Co will be focusing on two projects, #SLCedit which is a quarterly print edition and #SLChonors which is an event.
I have the aspiration to build SHE Legal Co into a place where women from across Africa can positively identify with and recognize it as an important platform for their career and business developments.
"I have the aspiration to build SHE Legal Co into a place where women from across Africa can positively identify with and recognize it as an important platform for their career and business developments."
What gives you the most satisfaction being an entrepreneur?
The difference one can make with content creation and the possibilities being so endless. One can always pick themselves up again, always failing forward. I'm a purpose driven entrepreneur and I want everything I do to align with my life's purpose and that's the beauty of entrepreneurship that I own the space to be purposeful in what I create without hindering. The freedom to bring an idea to life is fulfilling.
What's the biggest piece of advice you can give to other women looking to start-up?
That don't let fear get the better of you. Because in as much as we want to be perfect in everything that we do, the mistakes we make shouldn't make us fearful to try again, they should fuel us to keep going and do better.
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Why LoA loves it….
Often, the secret to success in entrepreneurship is to find a niche and to create a solution to fulfill a particular need in that niche. For Tshiamiso Kgomanyane, she saw an opportunity to help millennial women in the legal and business sectors connect and learn from each other in a digital environment. She is building a genuine community of like-minded individuals that is set to grow in the future. --- Melanie Hawken, founder and ceo of Lionesses of Africa