Two Nigerians, Four Others emerge World Economic Forum Africa’s breakthrough female innovators of 2017

Two Nigerians Oluwayimika Angel Adelaja of Fresh Direct Nigeria and Temie Giwa-Tubosun of LifeBank Nigeria and four others emerged as the World Economic Forum Africa’s breakthrough female innovators of 2017. As part of the World Economic Forum on Africa 2017, the WEF recognised six entrepreneurs who demonstrate the positive role women are playing in creating opportunities and preparing the region for the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Under the criteria of the search, all entrants have to run a business that is less than three years old, with at least one year of revenue and an innovative technology or business model.

The winners were invited to the World Economic Forum on Africa 2017, which took place in Durban, South Africa last week, to contribute their ideas on boosting entrepreneurialism across Africa. Congratulations to:

Oluwayimika Angel Adelaja, Founder/CEO of Fresh Direct

Temie Giwa-Tubosun, LifeBank (Nigeria): LifeBank is deploying the latest in digital supply chain thinking to deliver blood and other high value medical products to hospitals and health centres. Using predictive modelling to ensure health workers get the life-saving inputs they need. Having launched in January 2016, LifeBank plans a rapid expansion into major cities across Africa.

Temie Giwa-Tubosun, founder of LifeBank

Esther Karwera, Akorion (Uganda): Akorion has developed software that connects smallholder farmers into digital value chains, helping them sell directly to agribusinesses. Since launching in 2015, it has developed a network of 42,000 farmers in Uganda. The company’s growth is supported by a network of village-based service providers – mainly young people, helping to address rural areas’ youth unemployment challenges.

Esther Karwera, Co-Founder of Akorion
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Darlene Menzies, Founder and CEO of FinFind
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Aisha Pandor, SweepSouth (South Africa): SweepSouth has created employment opportunities for 3,000 domestic cleaners since it was founded in June 2014. The Cape Town-based business, which is backed by Silicon Valley venture capital, employs sophisticated algorithms to match its customers and ‘SweepStars’, creating flexible work opportunities and helping elevate the status of cleaners in South African society.

Aisha Pandor, Co-Founder of SweepSouth
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Charity Wanjiku, Strauss Energy Ltd. (Kenya): Strauss Energy’s proprietary solar roofing tiles are able to undercut conventional solar tiles by 30%. Having started with the domestic market, the company is looking to scale up the technology and recently completed a pilot project at a secondary school were it was able to cut the power bill by 30%, ensure uninterrupted teaching of vital IT skills and provide students with captured fresh rainwater for the school’s vegetable garden.

Charity Wanjiku, Co-Founder of Strauss Energy
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