With less than three months before the 2013 TechWomen program begins, we’re thrilled to highlight the amazing work of some of our Emerging Leaders. While this year’s group of women is incredibly diverse, all embody a rising TechWomen trend—entrepreneurial spirit. Below are nine women entrepreneurs who have already started their own successful businesses and hope to harness the power of TechWomen to continue to grow their companies.
Angela Makolo, Nigeria – Lampstand Technologies
Lampstand Technologies provides innovative web and software solutions to universities, nonprofits and the public sector. Founded in 2004, clients have included De Lily Montessori School, Osun State University Osogbo and the Anglican Diocese of Amich, among others.
Diane Ukwishaka, Rwanda – HeHe Limited
After a lunch discussion with a colleague at a small technology firm, Diane was inspired to seek out classmates at her university and form HeHe Limited. The mission of HeHe Limited is to harness the power of mobile communication technologies through the development of innovative software solutions to increase access to information.
Hannah Kabir Ahmed, Nigeria – Creeds Energy
Hannah founded Creeds Energy with the hope of developing Nigeria’s renewable energy sector. Creeds Energy is spearheading the Light a Home Project, an initiative designed to alleviate electricity poverty within communities in Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory. The initiative has recently been endorsed by the National Renewable Energy Program of the Ministry of Environment.
Marina Samba, Sierra Leone – Solve Limited
After graduating in 2010, Marina achieved her goal of starting her own ICT company. Founded in 2011, Solve Limited provides ICT consultancy services to various companies and organizations. The company aims to create the first virtual library resource center in Sierra Leone. The center will be an online application that provides access to e-books, e-journals, audio and video tutorials, and other materials to help develop the educational sector.
Nermin Ahmed Mostafa, Egypt – iTreat
A professor at the German University in Cairo, Nermin assembled a team of students from the pharmacy, engineering and management departments to establish iTreat, a company dedicated to medical software development. Their first product, e-roshetta, won a seed grant at the 6th Annual Egypt’s Young Entrepreneurs Competition.
Nihal Ramadan, Egypt – Eventtus
Nihal co-founded Eventtus after connecting with two other entrepreneurs at Startup Weekend Cairo in 2011. Eventtus is an online social networking platform for promoting events. The company also has a networking app that enables people to connect and socialize at events through photo sharing, “handshaking”, and tracking friend’s events.
Omnia Eteyari, Libya – Mazadah for Training and Development
Omnia is the co-founder and CEO of Mazadah for Training and Development (MTD). MTD provides training, consultancy and research services with an emphasis on providing courses in the fields of education, media, information technology, management and business in order to grow Libya’s economy and infrastructure.
Osazeman Osayande, Nigeria – 4Twenty3
4Twenty3 was established with the goal of helping brands successfully engage with their customers online. A digital marketing agency, 4Twenty3 helped develop the ndani TV video platform for GTBank and has managed marketing partnerships for the Rocket Internet-backed Jumia, an online shopping website for electronics, fashion, home appliances, and other media.
Rosemary Ochola, Kenya – Tracesoft Limited
Believing that African products will become globally competitive only if they are produced and developed efficiently and in a sustainable manner, Tracesoft Limited provides business automation solutions to companies in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. Rosemary’s five to ten year vision is to list the company on the Nairobi Securities Exchange and increase the number of staff to 100.
Stay tuned for Part II of this blog post to learn more about our Emerging Leaders and their visions for the future.