“People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing -- that’s why we recommend it daily.”
"The future of Africa depends on technology, and the opportunity it gives girls and young women for greater prosperity."
Mariéme Jamme, founder Spotone Global Solutions
"Starting a business, for me, is the best expression of backing yourself, taking a chance on you, believing that you have the ability to create value for yourself and for others."
Thokoza Mjo, founder of Beyond the Lemonade Stand (South Africa)
"Know in your heart there is always a way to succeed. There is always a way to make things work.”
Bernie de Le Cuona, founder of de Le Cuona
"Everyone is still figuring it out. So our advice is to follow your instincts and take the risk."
Séfora Noor (R), co-founder of Kakawa Chocolates (Mozambique)
"Any business is difficult to start initially, however, if you persevere you will ultimately make it if you have passion for what you are doing."
Johanna Mukoki, co-founder of Travel with Flair (South Africa)
"....the best thing about female entrepreneurs is that they have an inborn responsibility toward society and aspire to help others and enjoy doing it."
Lorna Rutto, founder of EcoPost (Kenya)
"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 that enlightened American consumers want and need. 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)
“Running a business successfully needs focused, deliberate leadership and women entrepreneurs and CEOs can lead the way in that regard through purposeful and transformational leadership.”
Ruka Sanusi, founder of Alldens Lane (Ghana)
"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)
“For me, failure teaches self-confidence and tenacity.”
Divine Ndhlukula founder of SECURICO Security Services (Zimbabwe)
"I encourage women, especially the young women to come up with innovative products and services and deviate from engaging in "traditional" entrepreneurial opportunities."
Helen Njoroge, co-founder of Tenders Kenya
"Surround yourself with people that challenge you, encourage you and hold you accountable.”
Debra Mwodza, founder of Quest Support Solutions (South Africa)
"To successfully support Africa’s rise, we must support Africa’s women."
Susan Mashibe, founder and executive director of VIA Aviation (Tanzania)
"Women disproportionately face financial access barriers that prevent them from participating in the economy and from improving their lives."
Dr. Jennifer Riria, Group CEO of Kenya Women Holding
"It has been a long journey, getting here has been challenging; it has been full of challenges as well as triumphs. This is why we have something to celebrate.”
Adenike 'Nike' Ogunlesi, founder of Ruff 'n' Tumble (Nigeria)
"For every dollar that you put in women's hands 80 cents goes to the family."
Marilyn Kamuru, Founder & Managing Director of eManage Africa
“Do not stop - envision yourself where you want to be. Pack only of the best ingredients, and never fear the mountain.”
Nira Sklair, founder of Nira Sklair Photography (South Africa)
“For today, I will be happy that the business I started 4 years ago is still in existence and operating. That fact alone is a cause for celebration.”
Brigette Mashile, founder of Roka Roko (South Africa)
“… the choices we make on a daily basis can either bring us closer to, or further from, our dreams.”
Tatenda Rungisa, co-founder of Twin Connect Solutions (Zimbabwe)
"Every day is always a new challenge, one more goal to fulfill, more surprises, some mishaps, but with persistence, focus and determination, I can overcome any difficulty and go on.”
Maria Natália João, founder of MNJ Eventos & Serviços (Mozambique)
"What inspired me to open the company is the knowledge that through this business I would have the opportunity to positively impact people's lives…”
Nercia Celeste Mazive, founder of Premier Human Capital Corporation (Mozambique)
“In the current competitive landscape, marketers need to optimize around the shift to mobile in order to increase sales.”
Lynette Hundermark, managing director of Useful & Beautiful (South Africa)