Eva Warigia: Be mindful of your network, it is the base of your success

Eva Warigia is a jack of many trades with a passion for Africans and their economic advancement.

As one half of the executive directing team of the East Africa Venture Capitalists Association, representing over sixty firms, she uses her knowledge of finance and strategy to position East Africa as a thriving investment hub.

In this interview, she talks about her leadership position, and how she’s working with stakeholders to promote investment in East Africa.


 At what point in your life did you first learn about your field of work and what drew you to it?

I probably came across private equity in 2011. At the time I worked for a technology and corporate advisory firm as a strategy analyst focusing on helping businesses fundraise.

It was there that I got to interact with the different structures of funding.

My docket as one half of the leadership of EAVCA is in leading the advocacy and intelligence - @eva_hawa Click To Tweet

You are one of the two executive directors of the East African Venture Capitalists Association (EAVCA) what exactly do you do?

EAVCA is a member association for private equity and venture capital firms who are interested in deploying capital in East Africa.

As a trade organization, we represent the interests of member firms deploying private capital in the region, which constitutes Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, and Tanzania.

We are the interface between the region’s stakeholders, the general public and the investors.

Our activities largely involve advocacy for the private capital sector, research, and intelligence for investors considering the region for investment.

Being the foremost networking platform for East Africa to advance thought leadership in the PE and VC space, and finally, conducting training for the sector. We also nurture the local professionals, as well as building awareness with the sector stakeholders.

My docket as one half of the leadership of EAVCA is in leading the advocacy and intelligence. This entails working with the sector stakeholders to create partnerships that promote investment inflows in East Africa.Internationally, less than 10% of venture capital funds go to female entrepreneurs. Is this situation just as bleak in East Africa?

This is also the case in East Africa.

There was a time when female-led enterprises were not as visible as they are now, especially on the funding front. Emerging trends for conscious investment (particularly gender lens investing) mean that the tide is slowly turning to acknowledge that female-led enterprises are equally lucrative.

Furthermore, women are more deliberate in their business planning and less likely to take investment capital for personal use.

What does EAVCA do to ensure that besides women-owned businesses there is diversity in general in businesses being considered for funding?

From 2018, EAVCA became more deliberate in local engagement by working with trade associations, incubators and accelerators to grow local awareness of PE and VC as alternative sources of capital. We are also ensuring we carry out industry-specific research showcasing opportunities that exist in East Africa.

One such research was on the opportunities available for fin-tech investing in East Africa, which we launched in March this year. This allows investors deeper access to sectors that have probably been on their radar but whose information may be hard to come by.

I think it is important for technical entrepreneurs to find partners who will help them with the business side of their enterprise or product - @eva_hawa Click To Tweet

What are some of the mistakes you have seen female entrepreneurs make while interacting with venture capitalists, and what can they do to better pitch their businesses to investors?

While I would not categorize this as a mistake, I think it is important for technical entrepreneurs to find partners who will help them with the business side of their enterprise or product.

Far too many entrepreneurs are struggling to raise capital by themselves without the tools or skills to approach this. Thankfully, there are programmes and incubators that equip entrepreneurs with the skills needed to begin thinking of their vision as a commercial venture.

There is quite an array of accelerators available for African entrepreneurs such as MEST Africa which is available in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, and Cote d’ Ivoire or Growth Africa for East Africans.

There are also institution backed programmes like the Trade and Investment Hub (the Hub) by USAID, which is available in East, West and South Africa, or the Stanford Seed Transformation Programme in Ghana and Kenya.

Finally, we have philanthropy backed incubators also committing to support the initiative by Africa’s entrepreneurs such as the Tony Elumelu Foundation or Africa Netpreneur Prize by the Jack Ma Foundation.

 EAVCA has been led by women from its inception.  Can we interpret that to mean Africa doesn’t share the same discouraging international statistics when it comes to women’s leadership in VC firms?

As an association, we are privileged to have women as the champions of the industry in East Africa. For the VC and PE funds, the bulk of fund managers are still led by men although we have a growing number of women taking up that space.

I believe it is important for women to support each other in male-dominated industries such as ours and share their journeys so that we can all learn from each other.

How has working at EAVCA changed your perception of Africa’s potential to be an economic and innovation hub in the future?

I have always been an Afro-optimist and firmly believe in Africa’s value and ability to influence the future! Working with EAVCA has furthered my confidence in our potential as a continent.

 I interact each day with people who are as passionate about Africa as I am and who are effecting positive change within their different spheres.

I am able to see how it is all shaping out from my bird’s eye view at the Association and it just fuels me to want to do more!

 

What is the favorite part of your job?

Every day, I meet people that are clear about how they want to change the global narrative of Africa. Also, building a pension fund that will channel its funds towards a transformative development agenda, there are also regulators who are removing trade barriers and entrepreneurs that are innovating solutions to unique problems.

There are so many people who refuse to be distracted by the noise and get up every day determined to leave a mark, and it is an absolute honor to interact and work with them!

 What is the first thing you do every day to start your day right?

Introspect. I Remind myself of what my dreams are, what my values are and commit to applying the most truthful version of myself that day.

Also, I listen to and recite the Desiderata every morning as a reminder that I am part of something greater than myself.

 What do you tell yourself when you are afraid?

“It could have been worse”

What advice would you give other women that are interested in pursuing venture capital as a career?

Be patient and be ready to put in the work. It will be hard, but it will be worth it. Also, do not be afraid to speak up.

What are your tips for someone just joining the professional world looking to start an investment portfolio?

My advice would be to identify individuals with whom one shares goals and interests and pool funds which they can then use for their investment per the group’s shared objective.

In Kenya for instance, this has really taken off with the pooled funds “chamas” investing in real estate, equities, treasury bills etc.

I also know of a group of young university ladies who pooled funds and started lending these funds to their fellow students while charging interest, as an investment.

Be mindful of your network as it is the base of your success.

Spend more time listening to others in a similar position and take notes.

There will be hard days, but do not lose sight of what matters to you.

Above all and to the extent possible, try to have a purpose that is greater than yourself; therein lies true success.

We all have our unique fingerprint for the world and yours is equally important!

When all is said and done how will you know you’ve achieved your dreams?

When people are confident enough to pursue their vision due to the service I provided.

It would be a place where my work for Africa grows beyond personal responsibility when other people buy into my optimism and are able to stand for and contribute to the development of an inspiring Africa.


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#OwnYourYear Nairobi: Feb 3, 2018 @ Nairobi Garage

A goal without a plan is just a wish!

#OwnYourYear Nairobi is a must attend if you are serious about getting the support you need to accomplish your goals this year!

At this workshop, you will: 

-Learn how to live your best life through intimate mentorship sessions led by notable speakers

– Lay out practical and realistic plans for your New Year, and openly discuss how you can achieve even your biggest, most audacious goals

-Be supported and encouraged to achieve your goals through peer mentorship – we’ll hold you accountable even after the event is over!

-And as usual, enjoy this all in a relaxed atmosphere surrounded by other #MotherlandMoguls and #AfricanGirlMagic!

What are you waiting for? Don’t let another month go by without getting the support you need to make a plan that will ensure this year is your most productive and successful yet. Get your tickets below!

Schedule

11:30 am
12:00 pm
12:30 pm
1:00 pm
1:30 pm
2:00 pm
2:30 pm
3:00 pm
3:30 pm
4:00 pm
#OwnYourYear
#OwnYourYear
Registration/Open

Ice Breaker

Get to know other #Motherlandmoguls!

Glow up financially with Fridah Cherono (Project Leader at Open Capital Advisors)
12:30 pm - 1:15 pm

As #Motherlandmoguls, its very important we have and make our own. In this session we will be hanging out with Fridah, Project Leader at Open Capital Advisors and she'll be dropping some bars on how we can glow financially this year!

Create Your Best Life with Maureen Murunga (Founder, AMAVIDA)
1:15 pm - 2:00 pm

This 2018, we gon' shine! But how though? Listen Maureen, Founder of AMAVIDA salons speak on how she is living her best life and how we can too!

Break

Grab some snacks, get a drink, chill with your new best friends!

Just do it with Afua Osei (Co-Founder, SLA)
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Learn practical ways to face and implement your big audacious goals with SLA's co-founder, Afua! In this session Afua will be leading exercises to help you implement and live your best life this year !

Learn practical ways to face and implement your big audacious goals with SLA's co-founder, Afua! In this session Afua will be leading exercises to help you implement and live your best life this year !

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Tickets

4000 KES – Click here to buy your ticket using MPESA! If you’re experiencing difficulties with payment please email ore@sheladsafrica.org. 

Venue

Special thanks to our sponsor!

Facebook Live with Deliwe Makata: How to run a startup while completing your studies (Sept 13)

Getting an education should not be a barrier to pursuing your dreams early in life.

Com’on, we’ve gone past that time where we had to wait for graduation to start a business, master a new skill, or even start making trips to the bank…

Deliwe Makata is a living example. Currently an undergraduate, she founded Women Inspire, an empowerment and capacity building network for young women and girls in Malawi.

Deliwe has trained over 250 Malawian girls and conducted over 50 face to face mentoring sessions with girls, about issues relating to personal development.

You can start your career or business while in school. Learn how. Click To Tweet

Join us on Wednesday, 13th September, as we host a Facebook Live Chat with Deliwe, who will be sharing her advice on starting a company and pursuing her passion while completing her studies.

Register below to have access to this opportunity.

Some of the topics we’ll cover:

  • Founding a company while in school
  • How early self-development has helped Deliwe to train young girls in Malawi
  • 3 keys to balancing your studies and side hustle

Facebook Live Details:

Date: Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Time: Lagos 1pm // Lilongwe 2pm // Nairobi 3pm

Where: facebook.com/sheleadsafrica/

Watch here:

“She Leads Africa Facebook Live with Deliwe makata – Founder of Women Inspire, Malawi. How to run a startup while completing your studies. Join the She Leads Africa community by visiting SheLeadsAfrica.org/join!”

Posted by She Leads Africa on Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Watch the first part of this video on our Facebook page.

About Deliwe

Deliwe Makata is a writer, speaker, and highly ambitious leader, with aspirations of getting into international public policy-making. She is the founder and executive director of a women empowerment organization called Women Inspire.

Women Inspire is dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls, both locally and internationally. Through training & mentoring women and girls in the areas of education, human right advocacy, capacity building, leadership and decision-making positions.

As a speaker, Deliwe has inspired many through her motivational appearances with international organizations, such as AGE Africa.

Deliwe is also an exceptional final year student currently pursuing her undergraduate degree with the University of Malawi, Chancellor College, studying Arts in Humanities.

SheHive London: September 21st – 24th 2017 at The Africa Centre

PR career

After heading to Lagos, Accra, Abuja, NYC, Nairobi, London 2016, Lagos, Joburg, Cape Town, Washington DC & Toronto, The SheHive came for round two in LONDON!!!!

9:00 am
9:30 am
10:00 am
10:30 am
11:00 am
11:30 am
12:00 pm
12:30 pm
1:00 pm
1:30 pm
2:00 pm
2:30 pm
3:00 pm
3:30 pm
4:00 pm
4:30 pm
5:00 pm
5:30 pm
6:00 pm
6:30 pm
7:00 pm
Thursday September 21
Thursday September 21
Registration Opens

Registration doors open. Come #MotherlandMogul ready

Business Development Workshop
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Business development is one of the most important functions for a growing startup yet many don't know how to do it effectively and efficiently. The SLA business development workshop is designed to help startups - Identify new partnerships - Identify new revenue opportunity - Develop tools and processes to execute a structured plan This proprietary business development training was developed in-house by SLA's team of business experts and is delivered by an official SLA trainer. Please note that this session is limited to 15 participants only. You must buy an All-Access pass to attend this workshop.

Business development is one of the most important functions for a growing startup yet many don't know how to do it effectively and efficiently. The SLA business development workshop is designed to help startups - Identify new partnerships - Identify new revenue opportunity - Develop tools and processes to execute a structured plan This proprietary business development training was developed in-house by SLA's team of business experts and is delivered by an official SLA trainer. Please note that this session is limited to 15 participants only. You must buy an All-Access pass to attend this workshop.

Friday September 22
Friday September 22
Registration Opens

Registration doors open. Come #MotherlandMogul ready

Social Media Marketing Workshop
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Over the past few years, the SLA team has mastered the art of growing our social media community with no marketing or PR spend. We're excited to share all that juicy knowledge with you and have created a social media marketing training course that is purpose fit for women like you. This proprietary business development training was developed in-house by SLA's team of business experts and is delivered by an official SLA trainer. Please note that this session is limited to 15 participants only. You must buy an All-Access pass to attend this workshop.

Over the past few years, the SLA team has mastered the art of growing our social media community with no marketing or PR spend. We're excited to share all that juicy knowledge with you and have created a social media marketing training course that is purpose fit for women like you. This proprietary business development training was developed in-house by SLA's team of business experts and is delivered by an official SLA trainer. Please note that this session is limited to 15 participants only. You must buy an All-Access pass to attend this workshop.

Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Because no one is happy when they're hungry. Lunch cost is included in the ticket price. And yes - we will always try to have some healthy options because we want our #BossLadies to live long, healthy and fulfilling lives.

Because no one is happy when they're hungry. Lunch cost is included in the ticket price. And yes - we will always try to have some healthy options because we want our #BossLadies to live long, healthy and fulfilling lives.

Investor Readiness Workshop
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Everyone's tryna get an investor but do you actually know how to make sure you have a compelling pitch? Our investor readiness session will teach you exactly what you need to do to get investors excited and get you started on your journey to IPO, $$$s and world domination.

Everyone's tryna get an investor but do you actually know how to make sure you have a compelling pitch? Our investor readiness session will teach you exactly what you need to do to get investors excited and get you started on your journey to IPO, $$$s and world domination.

Saturday September 23
Saturday September 23
Registration Opens

Registration doors open. Come #MotherlandMogul ready

Introduction and team building excercises
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
We're all about building a community of engaged, ambitious and supportive African women. Yet we know that sometimes it's a little bit awkward when you show up to a conference and know nobody. We kick off each day at the SheHive with team building and networking exercises to help you break the ice and make new friends. Expect rap battles, dance contests and fun for dayz. These sessions are a great way for you to connect with your fellow #MotherlandMoguls and start building relationships that could take you, your business or your career to the next level.

We're all about building a community of engaged, ambitious and supportive African women. Yet we know that sometimes it's a little bit awkward when you show up to a conference and know nobody. We kick off each day at the SheHive with team building and networking exercises to help you break the ice and make new friends. Expect rap battles, dance contests and fun for dayz. These sessions are a great way for you to connect with your fellow #MotherlandMoguls and start building relationships that could take you, your business or your career to the next level.

Afua Hirsch - "Navigating a Journalism Career Surrounding Rising Africa"
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Afua Hirsch is the Social Affairs and Education editor for Sky News and previous correspondent for The Guardian.

Afua Hirsch is the Social Affairs and Education editor for Sky News and previous correspondent for The Guardian.

Catered Lunch by Papa L's Kitchen
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Enjoy a catered lunch of delicious African-inspired cuisine provided by Papa L's Kitchen!

Enjoy a catered lunch of delicious African-inspired cuisine provided by Papa L's Kitchen!

Catered Lunch by Papa L's Kitchen
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Enjoy a catered lunch of delicious African-inspired cuisine provided by Papa L's Kitchen!

Enjoy a catered lunch of delicious African-inspired cuisine provided by Papa L's Kitchen!

Nicole Pretorius - "Bridging the digital skills gap: The Importance of Tech Careers for Empowering Women in Africa"
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Nicole Pretorius is the Co-Founder of rising tech startup She Can Code.

Nicole Pretorius is the Co-Founder of rising tech startup She Can Code.

Khalia Ismain - "Be The Change You Wish To See: Creating a Community Business to Support Community Businesses"
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Khalia Ismain is the Founder of Jamii, the first and only discount card for African and Caribbean owned businesses in London.

Khalia Ismain is the Founder of Jamii, the first and only discount card for African and Caribbean owned businesses in London.

Break

Because sometimes when you sit for too long your booty gets sore. Take a break, stretch your legs, get some nibbles.

Minna Salami - "MsAfropolitan: African Women Taking Space in Media and Blogging"
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Minna Salami is the Founder of the award winning blog MsAfropolitan, which covers information on African feminist issues, about the African diaspora, and Nigerian women.

Minna Salami is the Founder of the award winning blog MsAfropolitan, which covers information on African feminist issues, about the African diaspora, and Nigerian women.

Networking and Cocktails by The Hunters Cocktails
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Finish your day off with some networking over signature cocktails brought to you by The Hunters Cocktails!

Finish your day off with some networking over signature cocktails brought to you by The Hunters Cocktails!

Sunday September 24
Sunday September 24
Registration Opens

Registration doors open. Come #MotherlandMogul ready

Introduction and team building excercises
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
We're all about building a community of engaged, ambitious and supportive African women. Yet we know that sometimes it's a little bit awkward when you show up to a conference and know nobody. We kick off each day at the SheHive with team building and networking exercises to help you break the ice and make new friends. Expect rap battles, dance contests and fun for dayz. These sessions are a great way for you to connect with your fellow #MotherlandMoguls and start building relationships that could take you, your business or your career to the next level.

We're all about building a community of engaged, ambitious and supportive African women. Yet we know that sometimes it's a little bit awkward when you show up to a conference and know nobody. We kick off each day at the SheHive with team building and networking exercises to help you break the ice and make new friends. Expect rap battles, dance contests and fun for dayz. These sessions are a great way for you to connect with your fellow #MotherlandMoguls and start building relationships that could take you, your business or your career to the next level.

Mariatu Turay - "Be Bold, Win, Wear Color: Using design to challenge perceptions of Africa"
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Mariatu Turay is the founder of fashion brand Gitas Portal, which is influenced by her combined Sierra Leonian and Barbadian heritage.

Mariatu Turay is the founder of fashion brand Gitas Portal, which is influenced by her combined Sierra Leonian and Barbadian heritage.

Catered Lunch by Papa L's Kitchen
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Enjoy a catered lunch of delicious African-inspired cuisine provided by Papa L's Kitchen!

Enjoy a catered lunch of delicious African-inspired cuisine provided by Papa L's Kitchen!

Emeka & Ifeyinwa Frederick "Building Winning Partnerships: Making Family Businesses Work"
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Brother and Sister Emeka and Ifeyinwa Frederick are co-founders of London's first and only Nigerian tapas bar, Chuku's.

Brother and Sister Emeka and Ifeyinwa Frederick are co-founders of London's first and only Nigerian tapas bar, Chuku's.

Esther Sitali - "Connecting Brands to Retailers: Harnessing the power of wholesale"
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Esther Sitali is known as 'The Wholesale Whisperer' - she launched her own online wholesale platform nyabrands.com to help connect brands to retailers.

Esther Sitali is known as 'The Wholesale Whisperer' - she launched her own online wholesale platform nyabrands.com to help connect brands to retailers.

Break

Because sometimes when you sit for too long your booty gets sore. Take a break, stretch your legs, get some nibbles.

Eryca Freemantle - "New Platforms: Using Unconventional Media to Expand African Lifestyle into New Markets"
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Eryca Freemantle is a global beauty ambassador, product developer, motivational speaker and TV personality.

Eryca Freemantle is a global beauty ambassador, product developer, motivational speaker and TV personality.

Eryca Freemantle - "New Platforms: Using Unconventional Media to Expand African Lifestyle into New Markets"
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Eryca Freemantle is a global beauty ambassador, product developer, motivational speaker and TV personality.

Eryca Freemantle is a global beauty ambassador, product developer, motivational speaker and TV personality.

Speed Networking and Cocktails
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
After a long day of plotting world domination and #MotherlandMogul power, we're gonna wind down with some structured speed networking. This speed networking is not a joke. Ladies have found investors, clients and even business partners at our SheHive networking sessions. Saturday evenings at the Hive will end in full turn up fashion with cocktails speed networking with your fellow boss ladies as well as the chance to win prizes!

After a long day of plotting world domination and #MotherlandMogul power, we're gonna wind down with some structured speed networking. This speed networking is not a joke. Ladies have found investors, clients and even business partners at our SheHive networking sessions. Saturday evenings at the Hive will end in full turn up fashion with cocktails speed networking with your fellow boss ladies as well as the chance to win prizes!

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Thanks to our amazing #SheHiveLondon partners and sponsors!

Our official venue sponsor The Africa Centre

Our official catering sponsor Papa L’s Kitchen

Our official drinks sponsor The Hunters Cocktail

Our official accommodation sponsor Westmont Hospitality Group

Our official media sponsor Bella Naija

Our official alcohol sponsor J&B Scotch

SheHive Toronto: July 13th – 16th 2017

The SheHive train came to the 6 as part of a North America Tour! Check out the fun we had below and join our community to stay up to date on our next SheHive destinations.

9:00 am
9:30 am
10:00 am
10:30 am
11:00 am
11:30 am
12:00 pm
12:30 pm
1:00 pm
1:30 pm
2:00 pm
2:30 pm
3:00 pm
3:30 pm
4:00 pm
4:30 pm
5:00 pm
5:30 pm
6:00 pm
6:30 pm
7:00 pm
Thursday July 13
Thursday July 13
Registration Opens

Registration doors open. Come #MotherlandMogul ready

Business Development Workshop
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Business development is one of the most important functions for a growing startup yet many don't know how to do it effectively and efficiently. The SLA business development workshop is designed to help startups - Identify new partnerships - Identify new revenue opportunity - Develop tools and processes to execute a structured plan This proprietary business development training was developed in-house by SLA's team of business experts and is delivered by an official SLA trainer. Please note that this session is limited to 15 participants only. You must buy an All-Access pass to attend this workshop.

Business development is one of the most important functions for a growing startup yet many don't know how to do it effectively and efficiently. The SLA business development workshop is designed to help startups - Identify new partnerships - Identify new revenue opportunity - Develop tools and processes to execute a structured plan This proprietary business development training was developed in-house by SLA's team of business experts and is delivered by an official SLA trainer. Please note that this session is limited to 15 participants only. You must buy an All-Access pass to attend this workshop.

Friday July 14
Friday July 14
Registration Opens

Registration doors open. Come #MotherlandMogul ready

Social media marketing workshop
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Over the past few years, the SLA team has mastered the art of growing our social media community with no marketing or PR spend. We're excited to share all that juicy knowledge with you and have created a social media marketing training course that is purpose fit for women like you. This proprietary business development training was developed in-house by SLA's team of business experts and is delivered by an official SLA trainer. Please note that this session is limited to 15 participants only. You must buy an All-Access pass to attend this workshop.

Over the past few years, the SLA team has mastered the art of growing our social media community with no marketing or PR spend. We're excited to share all that juicy knowledge with you and have created a social media marketing training course that is purpose fit for women like you. This proprietary business development training was developed in-house by SLA's team of business experts and is delivered by an official SLA trainer. Please note that this session is limited to 15 participants only. You must buy an All-Access pass to attend this workshop.

Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Because no one is happy when they're hungry. Lunch cost is included in the ticket price. And yes - we will always try to have some healthy options because we want our #BossLadies to live long, healthy and fulfilling lives.

Because no one is happy when they're hungry. Lunch cost is included in the ticket price. And yes - we will always try to have some healthy options because we want our #BossLadies to live long, healthy and fulfilling lives.

Investor Readiness Workshop
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Everyone's tryna get an investor but do you actually know how to make sure you have a compelling pitch? Our investor readiness session will teach you exactly what you need to do to get investors excited and get you started on your journey to IPO, $$$s and world domination.

Everyone's tryna get an investor but do you actually know how to make sure you have a compelling pitch? Our investor readiness session will teach you exactly what you need to do to get investors excited and get you started on your journey to IPO, $$$s and world domination.

Saturday July 15
Saturday July 15
Registration Opens

Registration doors open. Come #MotherlandMogul ready

Introduction and team building excercises
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
We're all about building a community of engaged, ambitious and supportive African women. Yet we know that sometimes it's a little bit awkward when you show up to a conference and know nobody. We kick off each day at the SheHive with team building and networking exercises to help you break the ice and make new friends. Expect rap battles, dance contests and fun for dayz. These sessions are a great way for you to connect with your fellow #MotherlandMoguls and start building relationships that could take you, your business or your career to the next level.

We're all about building a community of engaged, ambitious and supportive African women. Yet we know that sometimes it's a little bit awkward when you show up to a conference and know nobody. We kick off each day at the SheHive with team building and networking exercises to help you break the ice and make new friends. Expect rap battles, dance contests and fun for dayz. These sessions are a great way for you to connect with your fellow #MotherlandMoguls and start building relationships that could take you, your business or your career to the next level.

Building a network for success with Emily Mills (Founder of How She Hustles)
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Emily Mills is a local powerhouse you ought to know - she founded the How She Hustles network in 2010 and hosts high-impact events for women of all backgrounds in Toronto. Emily's session will go in depth into networking like a B0$$ and developing a supportive and inspiring community for success. Emily's recent passion project was HERtory in Black, a Toronto-based digital photo series of 150 inspiring black women that was featured nationally on CBC Television, Radio and digital for Black History Month and Canada's 150th anniversary. The project created a big buzz - earning the attention of the Prime Minister on social media, kudos from executives at Facebook, Twitter and Youtube, and engaging thousands of women across Canada. Find her on Twitter and Instagram @howshehustles.

Emily Mills is a local powerhouse you ought to know - she founded the How She Hustles network in 2010 and hosts high-impact events for women of all backgrounds in Toronto. Emily's session will go in depth into networking like a B0$$ and developing a supportive and inspiring community for success. Emily's recent passion project was HERtory in Black, a Toronto-based digital photo series of 150 inspiring black women that was featured nationally on CBC Television, Radio and digital for Black History Month and Canada's 150th anniversary. The project created a big buzz - earning the attention of the Prime Minister on social media, kudos from executives at Facebook, Twitter and Youtube, and engaging thousands of women across Canada. Find her on Twitter and Instagram @howshehustles.

Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Because no one is happy when they're hungry. Lunch cost is included in the ticket price. And yes - we will always try to have some healthy options because we want our #BossLadies to live long, healthy and fulfilling lives.

Because no one is happy when they're hungry. Lunch cost is included in the ticket price. And yes - we will always try to have some healthy options because we want our #BossLadies to live long, healthy and fulfilling lives.

Building an international corporate career whilst making an impact with Dr Olutoyin Oyelade (President, Casa Foundation & Managing Partner invcap corporation)
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Olutoyin is the Founding Partner/CEO at InVcap-an African-focused private equity firm in Nigeria and Canada and is also the president of Casa Foundation, a Non-profit that is focused on developing Youths and Women. Its main objective is to spearhead Social change for the African Youth and Woman. Olutoyin’s experience in the Investment sector spans over 23 years. She managed Intercontinental Bank Group’s fund portfolio of over $8bn as Group Treasurer till 2009 and now supervises InVcap’s Investment strategy in West Africa. She'll be sharing her insights on building an international corporate career whilst being an engaged citizen.

Olutoyin is the Founding Partner/CEO at InVcap-an African-focused private equity firm in Nigeria and Canada and is also the president of Casa Foundation, a Non-profit that is focused on developing Youths and Women. Its main objective is to spearhead Social change for the African Youth and Woman. Olutoyin’s experience in the Investment sector spans over 23 years. She managed Intercontinental Bank Group’s fund portfolio of over $8bn as Group Treasurer till 2009 and now supervises InVcap’s Investment strategy in West Africa. She'll be sharing her insights on building an international corporate career whilst being an engaged citizen.

The benefits of going green with Grace Mahary (Super Model/NGO founder) and Lucia Wamala (Co-Founder, bakulupower)
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
A panel comprised of Super Model/Global Activist Grace Mahary and one of Africa's most exciting young innovators in the energy space Lucia Bakulumpagi-Wamala CEO of Bakula Power will be discussing the magnitude of opportunities on the continent for developing products and solutions with a GREEN mindset.

A panel comprised of Super Model/Global Activist Grace Mahary and one of Africa's most exciting young innovators in the energy space Lucia Bakulumpagi-Wamala CEO of Bakula Power will be discussing the magnitude of opportunities on the continent for developing products and solutions with a GREEN mindset.

Break

Because sometimes when you sit for too long your booty gets sore. Take a break, stretch your legs, get some nibbles.

Keeping on top of trends and introducing foreign concepts into the market with Isaac Ansah (Founder, Africa Fashion Week Toronto)
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
While foreign fashion trends were beginning to open up to African inspired looks, fabrics and designs, Isaac Ansah was right at the centre to grab the opportunity with both hands. His session will shed light on keeping on top of trends and introducing foreign concepts into the market. His career in fashion began with organising weekend fashion shows at university on campus, inviting students from different cultures to showcase their styles of clothing. By the time he graduated, Ansah knew this where his heart was and quickly launched Imagine Management & Marketing, which coordinates events in Toronto's fashion and beauty industry. In 2012, he co-founded African Fashion Week Toronto, as a platform for local and international fashion designers to showcase their latest products — and bring a bit of diversity to the forefront. Isaac is now a brand management and marketing specialist and is a Co-Founder of African Fashion Canada, an agency dedicated to advocating, growing, and promoting the African fashion Industry in North America.

While foreign fashion trends were beginning to open up to African inspired looks, fabrics and designs, Isaac Ansah was right at the centre to grab the opportunity with both hands. His session will shed light on keeping on top of trends and introducing foreign concepts into the market. His career in fashion began with organising weekend fashion shows at university on campus, inviting students from different cultures to showcase their styles of clothing. By the time he graduated, Ansah knew this where his heart was and quickly launched Imagine Management & Marketing, which coordinates events in Toronto's fashion and beauty industry. In 2012, he co-founded African Fashion Week Toronto, as a platform for local and international fashion designers to showcase their latest products — and bring a bit of diversity to the forefront. Isaac is now a brand management and marketing specialist and is a Co-Founder of African Fashion Canada, an agency dedicated to advocating, growing, and promoting the African fashion Industry in North America.

Speed Networking and Cocktail
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
After a long day of plotting world domination and #MotherlandMogul power, we're gonna wind down with some structured speed networking. This speed networking is not a joke. Ladies have found investors, clients and even business partners at our SheHive networking sessions. Saturday evenings at the Hive will end in full turn up fashion with cocktail speed networking with your fellow boss ladies!

After a long day of plotting world domination and #MotherlandMogul power, we're gonna wind down with some structured speed networking. This speed networking is not a joke. Ladies have found investors, clients and even business partners at our SheHive networking sessions. Saturday evenings at the Hive will end in full turn up fashion with cocktail speed networking with your fellow boss ladies!

Sunday July 16
Sunday July 16
Registration Opens

Registration doors open. Come #MotherlandMogul ready

Introduction and team building excercises
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
We're all about building a community of engaged, ambitious and supportive African women. Yet we know that sometimes it's a little bit awkward when you show up to a conference and know nobody. We kick off each day at the SheHive with team building and networking exercises to help you break the ice and make new friends. Expect rap battles, dance contests and fun for dayz. These sessions are a great way for you to connect with your fellow #MotherlandMoguls and start building relationships that could take you, your business or your career to the next level.

We're all about building a community of engaged, ambitious and supportive African women. Yet we know that sometimes it's a little bit awkward when you show up to a conference and know nobody. We kick off each day at the SheHive with team building and networking exercises to help you break the ice and make new friends. Expect rap battles, dance contests and fun for dayz. These sessions are a great way for you to connect with your fellow #MotherlandMoguls and start building relationships that could take you, your business or your career to the next level.

Building winning partnerships with Afua Osei (Co-Founder, She Leads Africa)
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
She Leads Africa have landed partnerships with the likes on Facebook, Samsung, Oxfam and L'Oreal, in this session, SLA Co-founder Afua Osei will explain how you can do the same.

She Leads Africa have landed partnerships with the likes on Facebook, Samsung, Oxfam and L'Oreal, in this session, SLA Co-founder Afua Osei will explain how you can do the same.

Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Because no one is happy when they're hungry. Lunch cost is included in the ticket price. And yes - we will always try to have some healthy options because we want our #BossLadies to live long, healthy and fulfilling lives.

Because no one is happy when they're hungry. Lunch cost is included in the ticket price. And yes - we will always try to have some healthy options because we want our #BossLadies to live long, healthy and fulfilling lives.

What not to do and how to fight the tough wars with Njeri Rionge (Serial Entrepreneur and Forbes Africa's Most Successful Women)
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
From a young lady selling flavoured milk to high school students, Njeri Rionge rose to build a multi-billion business empire. She's become one of Africa’s leading entrepreneurs and one of the very few women pioneers in the ICT sector on the African continent. She co-founded internet service provider Wananchi Online that has since been transformed into Wananchi Group Holdings – one of east Africa’s leading providers of pay-tv, broadband internet and VoIP services. Last year the company raised US$57.5 million in growth capital from a group of international investors.

From a young lady selling flavoured milk to high school students, Njeri Rionge rose to build a multi-billion business empire. She's become one of Africa’s leading entrepreneurs and one of the very few women pioneers in the ICT sector on the African continent. She co-founded internet service provider Wananchi Online that has since been transformed into Wananchi Group Holdings – one of east Africa’s leading providers of pay-tv, broadband internet and VoIP services. Last year the company raised US$57.5 million in growth capital from a group of international investors.

Building a media mogul career with Patricia Bebia-Mawa (President, Planet Africa & Executive Vice President, Silvertrust Media and Afroglobal Television)
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Nigerian-born, Canadian-based Patricia Bebia-Mawa wears many hats. For one thing, she is a familiar face on Canadian television. The Toronto resident is the host and producer of one of the most popular African shows on Canadian television, namely Planet Africa Television. She is also the Managing Editor of Canadian-based Planet Africa Magazine, which is under the umbrella of The Planet Africa Network. The Network is a project of Silvertrust Communications founded in 1996 - an Ottawa-based production company which specializes in video, graphics, photography, publishing, audio, multimedia and specialty broadband production. For all you media moguls or entrepreneurs trying to engage a strong African-Diaspora audience, this is your session.

Nigerian-born, Canadian-based Patricia Bebia-Mawa wears many hats. For one thing, she is a familiar face on Canadian television. The Toronto resident is the host and producer of one of the most popular African shows on Canadian television, namely Planet Africa Television. She is also the Managing Editor of Canadian-based Planet Africa Magazine, which is under the umbrella of The Planet Africa Network. The Network is a project of Silvertrust Communications founded in 1996 - an Ottawa-based production company which specializes in video, graphics, photography, publishing, audio, multimedia and specialty broadband production. For all you media moguls or entrepreneurs trying to engage a strong African-Diaspora audience, this is your session.

Break

Because sometimes when you sit for too long your booty gets sore. Take a break, stretch your legs, get some nibbles.

Thinking Creatively and Cutting Through the Noise with Chinedu Ukabam (Founder, Supafrik)

Chinedu Ukabam is an entrepreneur and design consultant with 10+ years experience in design, sourcing and marketing. He has expertise in managing creative talent and creating innovative experiential marketing campaigns. He is also a Founder of SUPAFRIK, a travelling pop-up concept founded in 2011 to showcase contemporary African culture from music and food to art and fashion. Stops so far have included Toronto, Washington DC, New Orleans, Paris and London.

Speed Networking

After a long day of plotting world domination and #MotherlandMogul power, we're gonna wind down with some structured speed networking. This speed networking is not a joke. Ladies have found investors, clients and even business partners at our SheHive networking sessions. Saturday evenings at the Hive will end in full turn up fashion with cocktails speed networking with your fellow boss ladies!

INJERA & CHILL AFTERPARTY hosted by BlackFoodie!
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Black Foodie presents INJERA + CHILL, an eclectic party celebrating the best in Ethiopian cuisine! Mingle with other Africans, Black foodies, and influencers, on the rooftop patio at Pearl King in downtown Toronto! The SLA squad will be there! Present your SheHive ticket and get entry for $10 (advance) and $15 (on the door). USE THE DISCOUNT CODE SHEHIVE10 (if you use this code you will be requested to show your shehive ticket at the door)

Black Foodie presents INJERA + CHILL, an eclectic party celebrating the best in Ethiopian cuisine! Mingle with other Africans, Black foodies, and influencers, on the rooftop patio at Pearl King in downtown Toronto! The SLA squad will be there! Present your SheHive ticket and get entry for $10 (advance) and $15 (on the door). USE THE DISCOUNT CODE SHEHIVE10 (if you use this code you will be requested to show your shehive ticket at the door)

Saturday July 15
Sunday July 16

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Thanks to our amazing #SheHiveToronto partners

SUPAFRIK is a travelling pop-up concept founded in 2011 to showcase contemporary African culture from music and food to art and fashion. Stops so far have included Toronto, Washington DC, New Orleans, Paris and London

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SheHive DC: June 22nd – 25th 2017

The SheHive train came to Washington DC as part of a North America Tour! Check out the fun we had below and join our community to stay up to date on our next SheHive destinations.

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Thursday June 22
Thursday June 22
Registration Opens

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Business Development Workshop
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Business development is one of the most important functions for a growing startup yet many don't know how to do it effectively and efficiently. The SLA business development workshop is designed to help startups - Identify new partnerships - Identify new revenue opportunity - Develop tools and processes to execute a structured plan This proprietary business development training was developed in-house by SLA's team of business experts and is delivered by an official SLA trainer. Please note that this session is limited to 15 participants only. You must buy an All-Access pass to attend this workshop.

Business development is one of the most important functions for a growing startup yet many don't know how to do it effectively and efficiently. The SLA business development workshop is designed to help startups - Identify new partnerships - Identify new revenue opportunity - Develop tools and processes to execute a structured plan This proprietary business development training was developed in-house by SLA's team of business experts and is delivered by an official SLA trainer. Please note that this session is limited to 15 participants only. You must buy an All-Access pass to attend this workshop.

Friday June 23
Friday June 23
Registration Opens

Registration doors open. Come #MotherlandMogul ready

Social media marketing workshop
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Over the past few years, the SLA team has mastered the art of growing our social media community with no marketing or PR spend. We're excited to share all that juicy knowledge with you and have created a social media marketing training course that is purpose fit for women like you. This proprietary business development training was developed in-house by SLA's team of business experts and is delivered by an official SLA trainer. Please note that this session is limited to 15 participants only. You must buy an All-Access pass to attend this workshop.

Over the past few years, the SLA team has mastered the art of growing our social media community with no marketing or PR spend. We're excited to share all that juicy knowledge with you and have created a social media marketing training course that is purpose fit for women like you. This proprietary business development training was developed in-house by SLA's team of business experts and is delivered by an official SLA trainer. Please note that this session is limited to 15 participants only. You must buy an All-Access pass to attend this workshop.

Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Because no one is happy when they're hungry. Lunch cost is included in the ticket price. And yes - we will always try to have some healthy options because we want our #BossLadies to live long, healthy and fulfilling lives.

Because no one is happy when they're hungry. Lunch cost is included in the ticket price. And yes - we will always try to have some healthy options because we want our #BossLadies to live long, healthy and fulfilling lives.

Investor Readiness Workshop
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Everyone's tryna get an investor but do you actually know how to make sure you have a compelling pitch? Our investor readiness session will teach you exactly what you need to do to get investors excited and get you started on your journey to IPO, $$$s and world domination.

Everyone's tryna get an investor but do you actually know how to make sure you have a compelling pitch? Our investor readiness session will teach you exactly what you need to do to get investors excited and get you started on your journey to IPO, $$$s and world domination.

Saturday June 24
Saturday June 24
Registration Opens

Registration doors open. Come #MotherlandMogul ready

Introduction and team building excercises
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
We're all about building a community of engaged, ambitious and supportive African women. Yet we know that sometimes it's a little bit awkward when you show up to a conference and know nobody. We kick off each day at the SheHive with team building and networking exercises to help you break the ice and make new friends. Expect rap battles, dance contests and fun for dayz. These sessions are a great way for you to connect with your fellow #MotherlandMoguls and start building relationships that could take you, your business or your career to the next level.

We're all about building a community of engaged, ambitious and supportive African women. Yet we know that sometimes it's a little bit awkward when you show up to a conference and know nobody. We kick off each day at the SheHive with team building and networking exercises to help you break the ice and make new friends. Expect rap battles, dance contests and fun for dayz. These sessions are a great way for you to connect with your fellow #MotherlandMoguls and start building relationships that could take you, your business or your career to the next level.

Disrupting the $121 Billion Skin Care Industry From My Kitchen with Funlayo Alabi (Founder, Shea Radiance)
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Funlayo Alabi (Founder, Shea Radiance) This Power Mom Disrupted the $121 Billion Skin Care Industry From Her Kitchen Funlayo Alabi needed a natural, effective solution for her son's eczema, so she turned to a tried-and-true West African remedy, shea butter. Seven years later, she is running a multi-million dollar skin care company. Can I get a #GOALS ?????

Funlayo Alabi (Founder, Shea Radiance) This Power Mom Disrupted the $121 Billion Skin Care Industry From Her Kitchen Funlayo Alabi needed a natural, effective solution for her son's eczema, so she turned to a tried-and-true West African remedy, shea butter. Seven years later, she is running a multi-million dollar skin care company. Can I get a #GOALS ?????

Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Because no one is happy when they're hungry. Lunch cost is included in the ticket price. And yes - we will always try to have some healthy options because we want our #BossLadies to live long, healthy and fulfilling lives.

Because no one is happy when they're hungry. Lunch cost is included in the ticket price. And yes - we will always try to have some healthy options because we want our #BossLadies to live long, healthy and fulfilling lives.

Building Winning Partnerships with Afua Osei
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Panel: Having An Impact with Rahama Wright ( Founder, Shea Yeleen), Sheri Munis (Executive Director, NewWave Foundation) and Stephanie Kimou (Founder, Population Works Africa)
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
These three incredible power ladies are doing their thing, making money and most importantly GIVING BACK. You'll hear from Rahama Wright, Founder and CEO of Shea Yeleen Health and Beauty a social impact company she created after serving in the Peace Corps. The DC-based enterprise develops shea butter creams, balms, and soaps that create living wage jobs for women in Ghana. Shea Yeleen products are currently distributed through select Whole Foods Markets, independent natural grocery stores, and MGM Resorts International. The products have been featured in a variety of media outlets including O, The Oprah Magazine, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and CNBC Africa................................Stephanie Kimou (Founder, Population Works Africa) has over 7 years of international development experience working with organizations like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and USAID. Stephanie Kimou is an Ivorian-American international development professional based in Washington, DC. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Population Works Africa, a consulting firm working on the reproductive health of young women across sub-Saharan Africa.........................................................And Sheri Munis, Executive Director of NewWave Foundation who's mission is to enrich lives with hope and dignity by providing global access to healthcare and education.

These three incredible power ladies are doing their thing, making money and most importantly GIVING BACK. You'll hear from Rahama Wright, Founder and CEO of Shea Yeleen Health and Beauty a social impact company she created after serving in the Peace Corps. The DC-based enterprise develops shea butter creams, balms, and soaps that create living wage jobs for women in Ghana. Shea Yeleen products are currently distributed through select Whole Foods Markets, independent natural grocery stores, and MGM Resorts International. The products have been featured in a variety of media outlets including O, The Oprah Magazine, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, and CNBC Africa................................Stephanie Kimou (Founder, Population Works Africa) has over 7 years of international development experience working with organizations like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and USAID. Stephanie Kimou is an Ivorian-American international development professional based in Washington, DC. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Population Works Africa, a consulting firm working on the reproductive health of young women across sub-Saharan Africa.........................................................And Sheri Munis, Executive Director of NewWave Foundation who's mission is to enrich lives with hope and dignity by providing global access to healthcare and education.

Break

Because sometimes when you sit for too long your booty gets sore. Take a break, stretch your legs, get some nibbles.

Building Your Personal Brand
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
We all know PR is critical to establishing and growing our businesses, but do we know how to build our brand and personal profile so that it shines above the rest?

We all know PR is critical to establishing and growing our businesses, but do we know how to build our brand and personal profile so that it shines above the rest?

Building Your Personal Brand
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
We all know PR is critical to establishing and growing our businesses, but do we know how to build our brand and personal profile so that it shines above the rest?

We all know PR is critical to establishing and growing our businesses, but do we know how to build our brand and personal profile so that it shines above the rest?

Speed Networking and Cocktails
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
After a long day of plotting world domination and #MotherlandMogul power, we're gonna wind down with some structured speed networking. This speed networking is not a joke. Ladies have found investors, clients and even business partners at our SheHive networking sessions. Saturday evenings at the Hive will end in full turn up fashion with cocktails speed networking with your fellow boss ladies as well as the chance to win prizes!

After a long day of plotting world domination and #MotherlandMogul power, we're gonna wind down with some structured speed networking. This speed networking is not a joke. Ladies have found investors, clients and even business partners at our SheHive networking sessions. Saturday evenings at the Hive will end in full turn up fashion with cocktails speed networking with your fellow boss ladies as well as the chance to win prizes!

Sunday June 25
Sunday June 25
Registration Opens

Registration doors open. Come #MotherlandMogul ready

Introduction and team building excercises
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
We're all about building a community of engaged, ambitious and supportive African women. Yet we know that sometimes it's a little bit awkward when you show up to a conference and know nobody. We kick off each day at the SheHive with team building and networking exercises to help you break the ice and make new friends. Expect rap battles, dance contests and fun for dayz. These sessions are a great way for you to connect with your fellow #MotherlandMoguls and start building relationships that could take you, your business or your career to the next level.

We're all about building a community of engaged, ambitious and supportive African women. Yet we know that sometimes it's a little bit awkward when you show up to a conference and know nobody. We kick off each day at the SheHive with team building and networking exercises to help you break the ice and make new friends. Expect rap battles, dance contests and fun for dayz. These sessions are a great way for you to connect with your fellow #MotherlandMoguls and start building relationships that could take you, your business or your career to the next level.

Building A Media Mogul Career with Denise Horn (Head of Corporate Communications, Turner Broadcasting)
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Denise Horn (Head of Corporate Communications, Turner Broadcasting) Since graduating from the university of Chicago with an MA in Public Policy, Denise Horn has led an exciting and highly successful career in communication, press and media. She's worked for the likes of CNN, NBC and Facebook and more recently on Hilary Clinton's campaign as Director of African American Press. She's now the head of corporate communications at Turner Broadcasting (media company that owns CNN, TBS, Cartoon Network). Denise knows a thing or two about building an illustrious media mogul career! This is a MUST ATTEND session.

Denise Horn (Head of Corporate Communications, Turner Broadcasting) Since graduating from the university of Chicago with an MA in Public Policy, Denise Horn has led an exciting and highly successful career in communication, press and media. She's worked for the likes of CNN, NBC and Facebook and more recently on Hilary Clinton's campaign as Director of African American Press. She's now the head of corporate communications at Turner Broadcasting (media company that owns CNN, TBS, Cartoon Network). Denise knows a thing or two about building an illustrious media mogul career! This is a MUST ATTEND session.

Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Because no one is happy when they're hungry. Lunch cost is included in the ticket price. And yes - we will always try to have some healthy options because we want our #BossLadies to live long, healthy and fulfilling lives.

Because no one is happy when they're hungry. Lunch cost is included in the ticket price. And yes - we will always try to have some healthy options because we want our #BossLadies to live long, healthy and fulfilling lives.

Negotiating For What You Want with Nicole Lamb-Hale (MD, Kroll & Former Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Manufacturing and Services, U.S. Department of Commerce)
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Nicole Y. Lamb-Hale is a Managing Director in Kroll’s Investigations and Disputes practice, based in the Washington, D.C. office. Nicole has more than two decades of executive-level experience and a unique viewpoint on global commercial and compliance matters from her extensive service in both the public and private sectors. In addition to serving as an Assistant Secretary and Deputy General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where she led numerous international trade missions, Nicole has built a distinguished career as a strategic advisor and practicing attorney with top-tier international U.S. advisory and law firms. Research suggests that women often shy away from negotiating and advocating for themselves due to the fear of coming across as arrogant, presumptuous or antagonising. With more than 20 years of professional experience traversing the private and public sectors globally, Nicole's masterclass will teach you the do's and don'ts of strategic negotiation and advocacy.

Nicole Y. Lamb-Hale is a Managing Director in Kroll’s Investigations and Disputes practice, based in the Washington, D.C. office. Nicole has more than two decades of executive-level experience and a unique viewpoint on global commercial and compliance matters from her extensive service in both the public and private sectors. In addition to serving as an Assistant Secretary and Deputy General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Commerce, where she led numerous international trade missions, Nicole has built a distinguished career as a strategic advisor and practicing attorney with top-tier international U.S. advisory and law firms. Research suggests that women often shy away from negotiating and advocating for themselves due to the fear of coming across as arrogant, presumptuous or antagonising. With more than 20 years of professional experience traversing the private and public sectors globally, Nicole's masterclass will teach you the do's and don'ts of strategic negotiation and advocacy.

Managing Your Damn Money with Malcolm Etheridge (Co-Founder, Manage Your Damn Money)
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
With attitude, urgency and creative flare, Manage Your Damn Money inspire their members/followers to improve personal finances and better understand the fiscal world. Their goal is to inspire the day-to-day conversations we have about money, and to do so in a way that connects bullet-point financial advice to your everyday lives. Get ready to save and invest your cash like a B0$$.

With attitude, urgency and creative flare, Manage Your Damn Money inspire their members/followers to improve personal finances and better understand the fiscal world. Their goal is to inspire the day-to-day conversations we have about money, and to do so in a way that connects bullet-point financial advice to your everyday lives. Get ready to save and invest your cash like a B0$$.

Break

Because sometimes when you sit for too long your booty gets sore. Take a break, stretch your legs, get some nibbles.

Bringing African Concepts Into The US Market with Maame Boakye, Nana Ama Afari-Dwamena & Nina Oruro (Co-Founders, Dine Diaspora)
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Dine Diaspora (@dinediaspora) is the brainchild of Maame Boakye (@maame_b), Nana Ama Afari-Dwamena (@S_afari), and Nina Oduro (@ninaoduro) and is a contemporary lifestyle and events company that creates dynamic experiences around food, culture, and heritage. Invested in using dining as a mechanism for connecting people, Dine Diaspora designs and enhances events with creative cultural food elements. The company promotes heritage cuisine by highlighting African diaspora culinary talent. With each experience, Dine Diaspora seeks to impact diversity within the culinary industry. Learn what it takes to successfully introduce African concepts/culture into the US market and then transform this into a sustainable business!

Dine Diaspora (@dinediaspora) is the brainchild of Maame Boakye (@maame_b), Nana Ama Afari-Dwamena (@S_afari), and Nina Oduro (@ninaoduro) and is a contemporary lifestyle and events company that creates dynamic experiences around food, culture, and heritage. Invested in using dining as a mechanism for connecting people, Dine Diaspora designs and enhances events with creative cultural food elements. The company promotes heritage cuisine by highlighting African diaspora culinary talent. With each experience, Dine Diaspora seeks to impact diversity within the culinary industry. Learn what it takes to successfully introduce African concepts/culture into the US market and then transform this into a sustainable business!

Speed Networking and Cocktails
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
After a long day of plotting world domination and #MotherlandMogul power, we're gonna wind down with some structured speed networking. This speed networking is not a joke. Ladies have found investors, clients and even business partners at our SheHive networking sessions. Saturday evenings at the Hive will end in full turn up fashion with cocktails speed networking with your fellow boss ladies as well as the chance to win prizes!

After a long day of plotting world domination and #MotherlandMogul power, we're gonna wind down with some structured speed networking. This speed networking is not a joke. Ladies have found investors, clients and even business partners at our SheHive networking sessions. Saturday evenings at the Hive will end in full turn up fashion with cocktails speed networking with your fellow boss ladies as well as the chance to win prizes!

Saturday June 24
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Thank you to our accommodation sponsor Westmont Hospitality Group and The University Inn DC!!

Become a #SheMeansBusiness Trainer!

How do you feel about dropping bombs of knowledge and helping empower your fellow #MotherlandMoguls?

If this was your reaction, we’ve got a program for you to consider. In 2018, because this is the year we live our best lives, we’re continuing our digital marketing training with support from Facebook! We’re going to be delivering free training to 4000 women across six different cities in Nigeria. 

To do this we’ll be recruiting 24 rock stars who’ll become SLA certified – #SheMeansBusiness trainers who’ll work with us to deliver an exceptional training program. Interested?

Here’s the process

  1.     Send in your application – the link is at the bottom of this page
  2.     If selected, you’ll be invited for an intensive 1-day training courtesy of She Leads Africa and Facebook on March 27. You’ll be trained on:

– How to use Facebook products to grow a business

– Finding your presentation style

– Business strategy frameworks

  1.     Now you’ll be ready to spread your knowledge and help people do amazing things. And we’re gonna put you straight to work helping us train 4000+ entrepreneurs and professionals.

4.     The SLA team will organize most of the logistics behind the trainings. We’ll find the space, make sure there are chairs and pray the folks at NEPA come through. We’ll work with you to spread the word, make sure the training is well attended and have someone there on the day to help you set up. And then it’s over to you to wow the audiences with your expertise.

Why would you do this?

If some of the traits below sound like you, then apply now now.

  1.  You’re interested in digital media and want to share your expertise and experience with entrepreneurs and professionals who are eager to learn
  2. You’ve always been interested in mentoring and helping people develop new skills
  3. You’d like to build your brand as a business strategy expert
  4. Money may not be your motivation but the extra pocket money of N20,000 per training you host would be a nice addition

Any restrictions..?

Unfortunately …. Yes.

  1.     You need to have at least 2 preferably 5+ years of work experience to qualify
  2.     You need to be based in one of these cities: Aba, Lagos, Abuja, Kaduna, Ibadan, Port Harcourt.
  3.     You need to have the time to lead 1-3 trainings per month (6hrs per training). Training will most likely take place on Fridays and Saturdays. 

FAQs

Do I need to be a digital marketing expert to apply?

No. We’ll be delivering business as well as digital marketing training so we’re excited to have trainers from a range of backgrounds.

I don’t live in one of your target cities, can I still apply?

Unfortunately not. We hope to expand to other cities and countries soon but for now you must reside in Aba, Lagos, Ibadan, Abuja, Kaduna or Port Harcourt City in Nigeria.

 

I’m not a woman, can I still apply?

Of course! This opportunity is open to everyone though the majority of people being trained will be women.

 

What will my schedule look like?

After we get you trained, you’ll work out a schedule with the SLA program coordinator. Trainings will run between the April  7th and Sept 29 (~6 months). You’ll be required to lead 1 – 4 trainings during this period.

 

How many entrepreneurs will I train?

Initially, you’ll lead a training with about 50 -100 entrepreneurs. Based on your performance and feedback from trainees, you’ll be called to lead follow on trainings.

 

Will I be able to host training outside of the ones you organise for me?

If you’d like to host trainings outside of this program, you’ll need to get permission from the SLA team if you’re using content from the program.

SheHiveCapeTown: February 18-19 2017

The SheHive train came Cape Town and it was litttttt. Check out the fun we had below and join our community to stay up to date on our next SheHive destinations.

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Thursday Feb 16
Thursday Feb 16
Registration Opens

Registration doors open. Come #MotherlandMogul ready

Business Development Workshop
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Business development is one of the most important functions for a growing startup yet many don't know how to do it effectively and efficiently. The SLA business development workshop is designed to help startups - Identify new partnerships - Identify new revenue opportunity - Develop tools and processes to execute a structured plan This proprietary business development training was developed in-house by SLA's team of business experts and is delivered by an official SLA trainer. Please note that this session is limited to 15 participants only. You must buy an All-Access pass to attend this workshop.

Business development is one of the most important functions for a growing startup yet many don't know how to do it effectively and efficiently. The SLA business development workshop is designed to help startups - Identify new partnerships - Identify new revenue opportunity - Develop tools and processes to execute a structured plan This proprietary business development training was developed in-house by SLA's team of business experts and is delivered by an official SLA trainer. Please note that this session is limited to 15 participants only. You must buy an All-Access pass to attend this workshop.

Friday Feb 17
Friday Feb 17
Registration Opens

Registration doors open. Come #MotherlandMogul ready

Social media marketing workshop
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Over the past few years, the SLA team has mastered the art of growing our social media community with no marketing or PR spend. We're excited to share all that juicy knowledge with you and have created a social media marketing training course that is purpose fit for women like you. This proprietary business development training was developed in-house by SLA's team of business experts and is delivered by an official SLA trainer. Please note that this session is limited to 15 participants only. You must buy an All-Access pass to attend this workshop.

Over the past few years, the SLA team has mastered the art of growing our social media community with no marketing or PR spend. We're excited to share all that juicy knowledge with you and have created a social media marketing training course that is purpose fit for women like you. This proprietary business development training was developed in-house by SLA's team of business experts and is delivered by an official SLA trainer. Please note that this session is limited to 15 participants only. You must buy an All-Access pass to attend this workshop.

Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Because no one is happy when they're hungry. Lunch cost is included in the ticket price. And yes - we will always try to have some healthy options because we want our #BossLadies to live long, healthy and fulfilling lives.

Because no one is happy when they're hungry. Lunch cost is included in the ticket price. And yes - we will always try to have some healthy options because we want our #BossLadies to live long, healthy and fulfilling lives.

Investor Readiness Workshop
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Everyone's tryna get an investor but do you actually know how to make sure you have a compelling pitch? Our investor readiness session will teach you exactly what you need to do to get investors excited and get you started on your journey to IPO, $$$s and world domination.

Everyone's tryna get an investor but do you actually know how to make sure you have a compelling pitch? Our investor readiness session will teach you exactly what you need to do to get investors excited and get you started on your journey to IPO, $$$s and world domination.

Saturday Feb 18
Saturday Feb 18
Registration Opens

Registration doors open. Come #MotherlandMogul ready

Introduction and team building excercises
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
We're all about building a community of engaged, ambitious and supportive African women. Yet we know that sometimes it's a little bit awkward when you show up to a conference and know nobody. We kick off each day at the SheHive with team building and networking exercises to help you break the ice and make new friends. Expect rap battles, dance contests and fun for dayz. These sessions are a great way for you to connect with your fellow #MotherlandMoguls and start building relationships that could take you, your business or your career to the next level.

We're all about building a community of engaged, ambitious and supportive African women. Yet we know that sometimes it's a little bit awkward when you show up to a conference and know nobody. We kick off each day at the SheHive with team building and networking exercises to help you break the ice and make new friends. Expect rap battles, dance contests and fun for dayz. These sessions are a great way for you to connect with your fellow #MotherlandMoguls and start building relationships that could take you, your business or your career to the next level.

Being an engaged citizen with Naadiyah Moosajee
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
We're all about our #MotherlandMoguls getting their paper and making it rain on them haters. That said, we firmly believe that all young women must be active and engaged citizens and community members. Come hear from Naadiyah Moosajee, a dynamic leader and founder of grownWomEng which was awarded the prize of top NGO in South Africa (awarded in 2013). She runs this project all while maintaining various consulting & engineering positions. Learn how you can get involved and strengthen your skills as a citizen and community member. #MotherlandMoguls stand up!!

We're all about our #MotherlandMoguls getting their paper and making it rain on them haters. That said, we firmly believe that all young women must be active and engaged citizens and community members. Come hear from Naadiyah Moosajee, a dynamic leader and founder of grownWomEng which was awarded the prize of top NGO in South Africa (awarded in 2013). She runs this project all while maintaining various consulting & engineering positions. Learn how you can get involved and strengthen your skills as a citizen and community member. #MotherlandMoguls stand up!!

Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Because no one is happy when they're hungry. Lunch cost is included in the ticket price. And yes - we will always try to have some healthy options because we want our #BossLadies to live long, healthy and fulfilling lives.

Because no one is happy when they're hungry. Lunch cost is included in the ticket price. And yes - we will always try to have some healthy options because we want our #BossLadies to live long, healthy and fulfilling lives.

Growing your business with Facebook
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
We're bringing in official trainers from Facebook Africa to whip you all into digitally savvy QUEENS. For real though, knowing how to effectively use platforms like Facebook & Instagram for business can save you heaps of money and time. These platforms do the hard work for you but you do need to know how it all works. Get down to SheHiveCT early for front row seats to an official Facebook Masterclass on growing your online business.

We're bringing in official trainers from Facebook Africa to whip you all into digitally savvy QUEENS. For real though, knowing how to effectively use platforms like Facebook & Instagram for business can save you heaps of money and time. These platforms do the hard work for you but you do need to know how it all works. Get down to SheHiveCT early for front row seats to an official Facebook Masterclass on growing your online business.

Just do it with Aisha Pandor
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
The decision to leave that safe professional job to pursue your dream of starting your own business is a tough one to make. Come and hear from Entrepreneur Aisha Pandor who left her job with Accenture to co-found SweepSouth, (The Uber of Cleaning) an online platform for ordering and paying for home cleaning services within a few minutes. Since Founding SweepSouth, Aisha's been recognised by the Mail and Guardian's List of 200 Young South Africans as well as Forbes, SA's Top Millennials.

The decision to leave that safe professional job to pursue your dream of starting your own business is a tough one to make. Come and hear from Entrepreneur Aisha Pandor who left her job with Accenture to co-found SweepSouth, (The Uber of Cleaning) an online platform for ordering and paying for home cleaning services within a few minutes. Since Founding SweepSouth, Aisha's been recognised by the Mail and Guardian's List of 200 Young South Africans as well as Forbes, SA's Top Millennials.

Break

Because sometimes when you sit for too long your booty gets sore. Take a break, stretch your legs, get some nibbles.

Getting youtube famous with pap culture
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Meet Bongeka Masango, Nwabisa Mda and Thembe Mahlaba. These young and inspiring ladies are taking Cape Town by storm with their well-known show ‘Pap Culture’, which focuses on addressing popular youth cultures in South Africa. Check out their HILARIOUS youtube channel for a preview of what is to come!!!

Meet Bongeka Masango, Nwabisa Mda and Thembe Mahlaba. These young and inspiring ladies are taking Cape Town by storm with their well-known show ‘Pap Culture’, which focuses on addressing popular youth cultures in South Africa. Check out their HILARIOUS youtube channel for a preview of what is to come!!!

Speed Networking and Cocktails
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
After a long day of plotting world domination and #MotherlandMogul power, we're gonna wind down with some structured speed networking. This speed networking is not a joke. Ladies have found investors, clients and even business partners at our SheHive networking sessions. Saturday evenings at the Hive will end in full turn up fashion with cocktails courtesy of Cointreau, speed networking with your fellow boss ladies as well as the chance to win prizes courtesy of Dark & Lovely and Bobbi Brown.

After a long day of plotting world domination and #MotherlandMogul power, we're gonna wind down with some structured speed networking. This speed networking is not a joke. Ladies have found investors, clients and even business partners at our SheHive networking sessions. Saturday evenings at the Hive will end in full turn up fashion with cocktails courtesy of Cointreau, speed networking with your fellow boss ladies as well as the chance to win prizes courtesy of Dark & Lovely and Bobbi Brown.

Sunday Feb 19
Sunday Feb 19
Registration Opens

Registration doors open. Come #MotherlandMogul ready

Introduction and team building excercises
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
We're all about building a community of engaged, ambitious and supportive African women. Yet we know that sometimes it's a little bit awkward when you show up to a conference and know nobody. We kick off each day at the SheHive with team building and networking exercises to help you break the ice and make new friends. Expect rap battles, dance contests and fun for dayz. These sessions are a great way for you to connect with your fellow #MotherlandMoguls and start building relationships that could take you, your business or your career to the next level.

We're all about building a community of engaged, ambitious and supportive African women. Yet we know that sometimes it's a little bit awkward when you show up to a conference and know nobody. We kick off each day at the SheHive with team building and networking exercises to help you break the ice and make new friends. Expect rap battles, dance contests and fun for dayz. These sessions are a great way for you to connect with your fellow #MotherlandMoguls and start building relationships that could take you, your business or your career to the next level.

#GirlsWhoCode: An introduction to programming with Thoko Miya
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Times are a-changing ladies and we want our community members to be up to speed with the most in demand skill sets. Thoko Miya is the Director of GirlHype and an Ambassador at She Plus Plus, both nonprofit organisations, which works to empower and train women in technology and coding. She'll be implementing a beginners workshop to coding, which will leave you with a core understanding of how to programme.

Times are a-changing ladies and we want our community members to be up to speed with the most in demand skill sets. Thoko Miya is the Director of GirlHype and an Ambassador at She Plus Plus, both nonprofit organisations, which works to empower and train women in technology and coding. She'll be implementing a beginners workshop to coding, which will leave you with a core understanding of how to programme.

Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Because no one is happy when they're hungry. Lunch cost is included in the ticket price. And yes - we will always try to have some healthy options because we want our #BossLadies to live long, healthy and fulfilling lives.

Because no one is happy when they're hungry. Lunch cost is included in the ticket price. And yes - we will always try to have some healthy options because we want our #BossLadies to live long, healthy and fulfilling lives.

Driving innovation from inside a company with Vuyolwethu Dubese
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
The Innovation Program Manager at Thompson Reuters South Africa will be teaching you a thing or two about driving change from within a company.

The Innovation Program Manager at Thompson Reuters South Africa will be teaching you a thing or two about driving change from within a company.

Building a career in the digital space with Mich Atagana
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
We're bringing in the big guns for Sunday Afternoon. The Head of Communications & Public Affairs for Google South Africa is going to talk to you about building a career in the digital space. A digital native, Mich Atagana has been hanging around the internet since the days of Netscape. Her keen interest in all things digital led to her graduating with a Masters Degree in New Media and Journalism. Atagana is currently pursuing her PHD with a focus on the impact of social media and journalism. Her research focuses on the Kenyan Westgate shootings and how Twitter was used as the primary source of news and communication. Her professional career has included her role as Editor of Burn Media, a multimedia digital publishing house which focuses on the intersection of technology and media, and entrepreneurship. An expert on Africa’s tech and startup scene, Atagana is currently the Head of Communications & Public Affairs for Google South Africa.

We're bringing in the big guns for Sunday Afternoon. The Head of Communications & Public Affairs for Google South Africa is going to talk to you about building a career in the digital space. A digital native, Mich Atagana has been hanging around the internet since the days of Netscape. Her keen interest in all things digital led to her graduating with a Masters Degree in New Media and Journalism. Atagana is currently pursuing her PHD with a focus on the impact of social media and journalism. Her research focuses on the Kenyan Westgate shootings and how Twitter was used as the primary source of news and communication. Her professional career has included her role as Editor of Burn Media, a multimedia digital publishing house which focuses on the intersection of technology and media, and entrepreneurship. An expert on Africa’s tech and startup scene, Atagana is currently the Head of Communications & Public Affairs for Google South Africa.

Break

Because sometimes when you sit for too long your booty gets sore. Take a break, stretch your legs, get some nibbles.

Speaker Session
4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Hear from some of South Africa's leading business personalities about how to make it big and stay at the top. #SheHive speakers never disappoint. Trust us.

Hear from some of South Africa's leading business personalities about how to make it big and stay at the top. #SheHive speakers never disappoint. Trust us.

Speed Networking and Cocktails
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
After a long day of plotting world domination and #MotherlandMogul power, we're gonna wind down with some structured speed networking. This speed networking is not a joke. Ladies have found investors, clients and even business partners at our SheHive networking sessions. Saturday evenings at the Hive will end in full turn up fashion with cocktails courtesy of Cointreau, speed networking with your fellow boss ladies as well as the chance to win prizes courtesy of Dark & Lovely and Bobbi Brown.

After a long day of plotting world domination and #MotherlandMogul power, we're gonna wind down with some structured speed networking. This speed networking is not a joke. Ladies have found investors, clients and even business partners at our SheHive networking sessions. Saturday evenings at the Hive will end in full turn up fashion with cocktails courtesy of Cointreau, speed networking with your fellow boss ladies as well as the chance to win prizes courtesy of Dark & Lovely and Bobbi Brown.

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Business incubation hub in South Africa focuses on women

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Statistics indicate women-owned micro enterprises in South Africa currently experience higher barriers to success relative to those owned by men. This trend is unsurprising given the country’s predominantly patriarchal culture and history of exclusion of women in the work place. Thankfully, more effort is being directed towards correcting this injustice by both the government and civil society. Among key interventions is the growing number of business incubation hubs.

These hubs differentiate themselves by levels of support, entry requirements and industry focus. At their core, they aim to help early stage businesses thrive amid the incessant challenges new business face.

One recent entrant is the newly founded 1Accord, located in the East of Johannesburg, an industrial perimeter that has been hollowed out by the closure of manufacturing plants in the country. Founded by Mduduzi Dladla, an upwardly mobile businessman, the hub prioritises women enterprise support through a special program called the ‘Women Entrepreneurship Accelerated Program (WEAP)’. WEAP is aimed exclusively at women entrepreneurs at various stages of their business journey.

Though he had all the traits of a street-savvy black youth, Mduduzi Dladla or Mdu, 26, as he is affectionately known, carries himself with a level of seriousness that’s rare among his peers. He sees himself as the new face of South African business: ambitious and well educated with a developmental approach to business. With his passion and drive, he’s on the way to being a business leader in South Africa.

An accountant by profession, his first taste of entrepreneurship came while working full-time. For two years, he juggled his job and the start-up. When he did decide to go entrepreneurial route full-time, it was not without challenges, ranging from lack of finance to competitors. It was with this in mind that he developed 1Accord Innovation hub to provide business support, skills transfer, and linkages between small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) and corporations.

Mduduzi decided to dedicate a full program to women because, 21 years into South Africa’s democracy, the odds are still stacked against female entrepreneurs, especially in the mainstream sectors of the economy. “Women entrepreneurs have dominated the ‘softer’ sectors like catering, events managements, the beauty industry and the informal economy in this country,” he said. “Due to this fact, there is a growing need for structured programmes to get more women into previously male-dominated industries.” In his opinion, such a programme must provide support encompassing access to finance, markets, supply chains of large buyers of established businesses and the government, and assistance with developing business systems. “For women to learn and grow – especially those at the early stages of business – they need to learn from established women-led enterprises,” Mduduzi said. “This is key because women have a better appreciation of the subtle and not so subtle challenges women face in trying to establish their businesses.”

WEAP provides support in the following areas:

  • General information and business educational programs
  • Financial assistance through access to finance granting institutions
  • Mentoring and coaching programmes, and
  • Support for networking structures.

The program has been especially designed to help women entrepreneurs take charge of their journey and empower themselves. Participants are provided with expertise to enable them achieve both business and personal success. They are exposed to tools that will help become effective communicators and networkers. They also have the opportunity to upgrade their by learning finance and sales as it applies to small business. 

Participants also have access to a network of successful women entrepreneurs. This network provides support, guidance and links to the mainstream of the economy.  Women in the program take part in business, strategic and financial workshops that accelerate their preparedness to run successful businesses. The ultimate goal is to ensure that participants leave the programme as confident, competent and motivated business women.

The emphasis on ‘self-awareness as the basis for sustainable business success’ sets WEAP apart from other support initiatives. The intention is to empower women to overcome their internal inhibitions and rise to the challenge of entrepreneurship without mimicking their male counterparts, or losing what makes them successful in the many other complex roles they fulfil in society. 

Launching WEAP during the African Union’s Year of the Woman was vital. With the right support and access to opportunities, women have demonstrated their resolve and ability to run successful enterprises that add value to their communities and shareholders. And in the entrepreneurship landscape for women,  1Accord is a welcome addition.