I was speaking at an event recently in Europe and one of the attendees came to chat to me during the networking session and commented on a remark I had made about how I am constantly blown away by the spirit of collaboration and supportiveness in the Lionesses of Africa community. She seemed genuinely surprised and said that her experience of women entrepreneur networks was one of female competitiveness, where no-one really likes the idea of sharing in case someone borrows an idea or concept and gets to market with it first. I had to share with her that my experience of women’s entrepreneurship in Africa and in the Lionesses community is very different, and ultimately supportive. I am a great believer in the idea that we are far more powerful if we go together on our entrepreneurial journeys, and if we harness our collective energy, knowledge and expertise to ensure we all fulfill our business potential. So let’s continue to raise each other up as women entrepreneurs here in Africa and show the rest of the world the positive things that can happen when women entrepreneurs support and empower one another.
Have yourself an inspired entrepreneurial day! - Melanie