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“Don’t only learn from your mistakes, learn from other people’s mistakes too.”
Ethel Cofie, Founder & CEO of Edel Technology Consulting (Ghana)
"I am driven by a deep sense that every human needs to make a contribution and leave this world a better place."
Sarah Collins, founder and CEO of Wonderbag
"There will always be a million reasons not to do it, so just start."
Filipa Carreira, founder of Wamina (Mozambique)
“I would advise you to keep in mind that perseverance and patience will be greatly needed.”
Dana Mroueh, founder of MonChoco (Côte d’Ivoire)
“Business success is built on the shoulders of those who have walked before us, and it’s important, in my view, to offer that to the next generation of entrepreneurs who follow.”
Johanna Mukoki, co-founder of Travel with Flair (South Africa)
“Every morning we have two choices: to continue sleeping with our dreams or to wake up and pursue them - so insist, persist, but do not give up.”
Milena de Lurdes Valoi, founder of Anellim (Mozambique)
“Our educational systems need to be reformed – making technology and innovation the cornerstone of learning and not just another subject. Without a skilled digital workforce we will not only depend on the West, but also remain in poverty.”
Nkemdilim Begho, founder of Future Software Resources (Nigeria)
“Start with the educational system. We are conditioned to be job seekers. Entrepreneurship must be taught from childhood.”
Nathalie Kpanté, founder of Choco-Togo (Togo)
"I want to appeal to fellow women, we have to look back at our culture and mentor our young girls to have a bright future."
Julian Omalla, founder of Delight Uganda Limited (Uganda)
“People have value for foreign things. It is strange that Uganda exports cotton which comes back with a label and we think it is higher value yet it is made from our cotton. We are trying to emphasise and change people’s perception…”
Olga Mugyenyi, co-founder of Definition Africa, Uganda
“We have to dream bigger dreams for ourselves and believe that we have the potential to make those dreams come true.”
Mimi Kalinda, founder of Africommunications Group (South Africa)
“In my experience, the most potent killer of creative thinking is fear! It can absolutely choke creativity…”
Lizl Naude, founder of Lilly Loompa (South Africa)
“If in your heart you know that this is what you want to do, please do it despite all the pressure from society.”
Flora Mutahi, founder & CEO of Melvin Marsh International (Kenya)
“Here’s to the women who will change the narrative of African women: May we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.”
Dr. Ola Orekunrin, founder of Flying Doctors Nigeria
“Work from your heart - If you believe in your business, others will too!”
Michelle Rumbelow, founder of Liviya (South Africa)
“My team is the fuel of the business, they put their hearts and soul into what they do.”
Anicha Abdul, founder of EP Management & Consultancy Services (Mozambique)
"I strongly believe in small-scale industries, as a way to bring development to West Africa. "
Aïssa Dione, founder of Aissa Dione Tissus (Senegal)
"Our (African) artisans are not set-up to scale their activities and are often paralyzed by the prospect of growing their business beyond the “enough-to-live” stage."
Swaady Martin, founder and CEO of the SWAADY GROUP
"Sometimes you just have to take the leap, start with whatever you have and use it resourcefully."
Teta Isibo, founder of Inzuki (Rwanda)
"Women entrepreneurs have to work twice as hard to succeed... the best thing to do is to remain resolute, focused, ethical and preserve your integrity."
Divine Ndhlukula, founder of SECURICO Security Services (Zimbabwe)
“Just knowing that other people are in your situation and are making it through is great support. I think that this is how you build out the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Africa, one person at a time supporting others.”
Rebecca Enonchong, founder of AppsTech (Cameroon)
“Every road that is worth traveling on will bring its own set of challenges”
Eldari Visser, founder of Picketfence Life (South Africa)
"The start-up journey is not for the faint hearted, have grit and believe anything is possible."
Lindiwe Mafavuneh, founder of LCM Capital (Botswana)
“Start the business that you are very passionate about. It’s a blessing to run a business that you love.”
Mapeka Polane, founder of Spegelicious Cakery And Party Rentals (Lesotho)