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"The most satisfaction for me is having team members who start their own businesses and supply us as independent cooperatives or businesses. It means we have done our job right."
Linda Mukangoga, co-founder of Haute Baso (Rwanda)
"To get to the finish line, Africans must create scalable businesses based on African culture, businesses that produce high quality products... And that’s what I’m doing."
Magatte Wade, founder of Tiossan (Senegal)
"Go for it, don't let stereotypes of what a woman should be or look like stop you from achieving your full potential."
Joelle Eyeson, co-founder of Hive Earth (Ghana)
"Start now. Do not postpone your dream to tomorrow, thinking that you are not experienced enough."
Tiguidanke Mounir Camara, founder of TIGUI Mining Group TMG (Guinea)
"Surround yourself with people that challenge you, encourage you and hold you accountable.”
Debra Mwodza, founder of Quest Support Solutions (South Africa)
"We know that Africa has potential, all we need is investors – either local or foreign – to come on board with money and partner with us and take it all the way up there.”
Deola Sagoe founder of Deola (Nigeria)
"You won't know if it will work unless you try, and if you try then there is hope for it to work.”
Jazeera Suwani, founder of Say it with Chocolate (Kenya)
"…we want to be a widely recognized and sought after brand that equates “Made in Africa” with brilliance in craftsmanship, artistry, and deep cultural roots."
Abai Schulze, founder of ZAAF (Ethiopia)
"One needs to be armed with information in order to successfully navigate any venture. Information is your compass. If you know better, you will do better."
Mo Abudu, founder and Chief Executive Officer of EbonyLife TV
"No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, show up and never give up!"
Fatuma Abdullah, founder of Akiki Dolls (South Africa)
“We believe that design can solve stubborn problems and thus we started with a major issue in Egypt: waste.”
Mariam Hazem, co-founder of Reform Studio (Egypt)
“I am doing something that I chose to do, something I am passionate about and naturally good at. To me, that’s a blessing because many people go through life with no idea of what they want to do, or if they have the idea, they simply do not have the courage to do it!"
Teta Isibo, founder of Inzuki (Rwanda)
“With sheer determination and conviction nothing is impossible. We can all achieve the unimaginable.”
Ally Angula, co-founder of Leap Holdings (Namibia)
“It’s always the finances. I constantly had to find the balance between having enough money to expand, and not sinking into so much debt that I would not be able to sleep at night.”
Carrol Boyes, founder of Carrol Boyes (Pty) Ltd (South Africa)
"Ladies, make your vision pop like pink champagne!"
Ruka Sanusi, founder and CEO of Alldens Lane (Ghana)
“What’s my motivation? Put simply, it’s hunger. I am hungry to create change and make a difference. I have overcome so much but know that it is all worthwhile.”
Melissa Bime, founder of Infiuss (Cameroon)
“You need to be strong mentally and to continue believing in your dream when faced with tough times, so surround yourself with people who inspire you.”
Johanna Mukoki, co-founder of Travel With Flair (South Africa)
“Believe in your idea no matter how big or crazy it looks and work every day towards it.”
Mishingo Aaron, founder of Naga Earth (Botswana)
“When we don't view each other as competition, but rather as potential partners, I think we have the ability to create beautiful compelling work that benefits us all.”
Thabisa Mjo, founder of Mash.T Design Studio (South Africa)
“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)
"You can work for a boss and make a living or you can work for yourself and make a fortune: the choice is yours."
Margaret Hirsch, co-founder of Hirsch's Homestores (South Africa)
“Reach out for a hand of support when the path seems daunting and be equally ready to reach out your hand to steady that of another on their journey. Growth is collaborative.”
Dr Levashni Naidoo, founder of The Dermatology Room (South Africa)
"I am constantly evolving and drawing on the dynamic rich African heritage to create products which celebrate beauty and design on the continent, showcasing the African luxury movement."
Adele Dejak, founder of Adele Dejak (Kenya)
"... we ought to remember that the way in which we do our business is important for the next entrepreneur who is in the same position as us. When we fail clients, we make an impression.”
Phindile Ndlovu, founder of Bhekizenzo Foundation (South Africa)
“… no matter how hard this journey is, we should still make time to enjoy life and experience happiness!”
Lizl Naude, founder of Lilly Loompa (South Africa)
“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)
“I think many people really want to do good, but they don’t necessarily know how, ... becoming involved with a product that does facilitates this need.”
Nelia Annandale, founder of Keedo Kids (South Africa)
"It was my dream to capture true African luxury, change the world's perception of Africa and produce a luxury brand that is truly African in origin, nature and tradition."
Swaady Martin, founder of Yswara