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When women entrepreneurs start talking and collaborating - good things happen! Join our community and start a conversation today. Every woman has something valuable to contribute.
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INSPIRATION & ADVICE
"You have got to build expertise in your field, you have got to be world-class in your knowledge, do the hard work, deliver it, manifest in it. If you don’t have the money or funding, build expertise, it is not enough to be okay... be world-class in what you do."
- Rapelang Rabana is a South African technology entrepreneur who is making waves both on the African continent and around the world. She established her reputation in the tech sector as the co-founder of Yeigo Communications, a company that gained international recognition for its pioneering innovations in mobile VoIP and IP communications. Today, Rapelang is the innovative founder behind Rekindle Learning, a company looking to improve education in Africa by turning people’s compulsion to check their phones into an opportunity to learn. Featured on the cover of Forbes Africa magazine before the age of 30, selected as a Fast Company Maverick and named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and Entrepreneur for the World by the World Entrepreneurship Forum - Rapelang is an internationally lauded entrepreneur.
You cannot do everything yourself....
"I’ve learned that you cannot do everything yourself. Don’t be afraid or ashamed to ask for help, learn to trust others and delegate. I’ve also learned to set goals, both personal and professional, and to regularly evaluate progress."
- Nkem Onwudiwe is the founder of Her Network, a platform in Nigeria created to encourage women of all races, ages and sizes to help one another grow. This bold and ambitious PR & Communications entrepreneur leverages her skills and extensive network for spreading messages to the public via traditional and new media. Nkem is passionate about creating exciting events where women can come together, have real meaningful conversations, promote their businesses, sell their brands and build relationships with other women - bridging the gap between women and women.
IMAGE OF THE DAY
Each Monday to Friday we feature a striking 'Image of the Day' celebrating the work, or a moment in the life, of a talented African woman entrepreneur. Enjoy!
IN FOCUS THIS MONTH - AFRICA'S BEAUTY & WELLNESS ENTREPRENEURS
100 LIONESSES PROJECT
FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
We have probably all at some point on our entrepreneurial journeys heard potential customers, investors, and suppliers tell us ‘we’ve always done it this way, so we don’t really want to change’. It can be a challenge, particularly if we are trying to introduce something new and innovative into the marketplace. I was reading a great article this week about one woman entrepreneur in the tough global pharmaceutical industry, a sector where only 4% of businesses are led by women, who had to overcome major challenges to launch her groundbreaking products. Cindy Whitehead, founder and ceo of Sprout Pharmaceuticals in the US, the company which launched the breakthrough FDA approved drug known as the ‘female viagra’, had to break down perceptions and numerous barriers along the way to achieving success. Not only did she get her revolutionary product successfully to market, but her company was eventually sold for over US$ 1 billion. She didn’t let challenges or established ways of doing things hold her back. She says: “If the only reason for a rule is that it's the way things have always been, then by all means, break it.”