Lagos, Nigeria – She Leads Africa has announced the top six finalists for its 2015 Entrepreneur Showcase to be held on September 26 in Lagos, Nigeria. These entrepreneurs will pitch their businesses in front of Africa’s leading business executives and compete for $10,000 cash, direct access to investors and international media exposure.
This year She Leads Africa received applications from nearly 400 startups from 20 countries. The 6 finalists have combined revenue of ~ $3m USD, more than 11,000 customers and represent various consumer goods industries including apparel, beauty, water, food and health. Judges for this year include Tunde Folawiyo, Managing Director of the Yinka Folawiyo Group; Huda Al Lawati, Abraaj Capital Middle East and North Africa Chief Investment Officer; Acha Leke, Director, McKinsey & Company; Mo Abudu, Founder of Ebony Life TV; and Segun Agbaje, Managing Director & CEO of Guaranty Trust Bank.
“We are very excited about the judging panel for this year’s She Leads Africa Entrepreneur Showcase. The panel is made up of established and well-respected individuals from the consulting, media and finance sectors. Each judge’s professional insight and experience will play an important role in deciding the winners of this year’s Entrepreneur Showcase.” Yasmin Belo-Osagie, She Leads Africa’s co-founder.
For the first time, She Leads Africa will also be investing between $25,000 and $50,000 into 2 of the top 5 businesses in addition to the cash prizes of $10,000 for first place, $5,000 for second place and $1,000 for third place.
The Showcase is the premier platform for young female entrepreneurs looking to grow and scale their businesses across Africa, and will take place between September 25-26 in Lagos. Tickets can be reserved at sheleadsafrica.org.
She Leads Africa has many programs aimed at supporting and investing in high growth female entrepreneurs. Young women interested in learning more about these opportunities and joining the She Leads Africa community can join here.
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She Leads Africa is a social enterprise dedicated to supporting high growth female entrepreneurs on the continent. The organisation has been featured on CNBC Africa, Black Enterprise and Fox Business and its co-founders were named by Forbes as two of the 20 youngest power women in Africa (2014).
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