Growing list of women tech entrepreneur initiatives in Africa | VC4Africa

Hilda Moraa presents 36 African women tech entrepreneurs initiatives, linked to tech hubs and other organisations across Africa. More to add? Please add initiatives and ideas in the comments below!

I think it’s time discussions and debates on whether there are few women in tech, their low participation in the tech hubs, or whether we should be developing more female based tech hubs across Africa, should take a different direction.

The true direction and goal should be for the existing hubs to start thinking through what is their priority and guiding principles in involving female tech entrepreneurs in their spaces.

More importantly, figure out the gaps and needs of those young women to then ensure they have the right support systems and mentorship to help them scale and grow.

On this note, there is need to acknowledge few examples of African hubs already supporting or have programs/initiatives that young tech women can actively participate. 


1. IHUB- Nairobi, Kenya with AKIRACHIX

2. Bongo Hive, Zambian with AKISANA NETWORK

3. Hive Colab Uganda with WITU (Women in Tech Uganda)

4. TANZ ICT Tanzania with FEMTANZ

Other African Women Initiatives not linked to the Tech Hubs

Other women initiatives targeting tech women entrepreneurs that are not linked to the tech hubs exist and some continue to do an awesome job in increasing the participation of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Matehmatics) fields. Some of these initiatives can be found in the crowd map of Women Tech Organizations, an initiative by Asikana network. Also listed below:

WMIAFRICA (Women who mentor and innovate), Nairobi, Kenya

STEMAfrica, Africa

Techwomen, Africa, Middle East

Girls in ICT Rwanda

Afchix Uganda

AfChix Kenya

Afchix Africa women in Technology

Azur development in Brazaville Congo

Malawi women in Computing

Akili Dada, Nairobi Kenya

Her Zimbabwe

Si Jeunesse Savait (SJS) in Kinsasha

APC WNSP Africa Network, Johannesburg, South Africa

Africa gender Institute, Cape town South Africa

Pheonix Women’s Empowerment Centre, Mauritius

Triolet Women’s Empowerment Centre, Mauritius

Algierian National Association of Women in Communication, Algeria

Zimbabwe Women Resource Centre and Network (ZWRCN), Zimbabwe

She’s the Geek, South Africa

Association of South African Women in Science and Engineering

ACWICT (African Centre for Women, Information and Communications Technology), Kenya

Savana Signature (SavSign), Ghana

Jjiguene Tech, Senegal

Ghana Women in IT

Solar sister, Uganda

Women’s Technology Empowerment Centre, Lagos, Nigeria

Women of Uganda Network (WOUGNET), Uganda

Divas4Tech, Nairobi Kenya

WITI (Women in Technology International)

GirlHub, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Rwanda

Women’s Net, South Africa

The Gender Research in Africa into ICTs for Empowerment (GRACE) project in 12 African countries

We need to support and encourage the many women initiatives that already exist as mentioned above. In return, the women initiatives/ programs also need to make strides in doing unceasing and an effective job in sensitization of their programs or initiatives to the targeted women groups as well as offering valuable support and opportunities to remain relevant and attractive to young women.

Ed’s note: Do go through the original link and add your thoughts and comments!

This New Moleskine Is Like An iPad Made Of Paper

Moleskine—the preeminent journal company with no lack of self-interest in keeping paper alive—has presented the vision of another possible future. Its new Livescribe Notebook ($30) appears to be a typical, tactile Moleksine. Except, when you write on it with a $150 Livescribe smartpen (a pen known for turning written, paper notes into typed, digital transcripts), your doodles and brainstorms are not only automatically backed up to an app, they’re also infused with the conveniences of digital-native technologies.

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Ahoy, matey! (Haha) Welcome to chromART’s fourth consecutive “Artist of The Week Interview” . Let me tell you, it has been amazing interviewing all these wonderful artists and posting such wonderful artwork.  

Before I start with my introduction, I think I need to back track a little. To all our 14 followers, thank you so much for supporting us, and everyone else that has reblogged any of our interviews in the past. 

chromART is a New York based start up company created by 5 high school girls for a tech competition to create an Android app, and business in 2 months. 

Yes, you heard that right. 5 high school girls, all of different ethnicities, creating an app and kick starting our own business. It has been an amazing summer but the clock is ticking. We gave one week until we go to the Semi-finals, and hopefully, the Finals. If we win we get $5,000, which will be used for paying for college (most of us are seniors). 

And what is the app? chromART is a platform for aspiring artists to connect with one other, get discovered and create a community base that will expand as the years progress. Please note that we had less than a  month to get the whole app under way, and we’re still in the beta version. We also have to clean up our presentation to gt ready for the judges in September.

Honestly, I wasn’t planning on writing this much but the month is almost up and we still have ALOT to do.

Please, please get the word out there about this blog. We have links to our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter up there as well.  Like, reblog, follow, promote or whatever! If you’re interested in learning more or even beta testing, send me an message!

Please! Every little bit helps and we need the support. 

Now, on to our Artist Interview. 

This week’s artist is Captain Hanni, you can check out their blog in the link provided.

I encourage everyone to check them out. They are a wonderful human being with some fantastic art up.  Also, Hanni will be starting a webcomic soon with their OC’s “Belial and Reno” as well as opening up commissions in the near future. 

The interview will go live Sunday, so please be on the look out!




  • Part 1 of My Series: “What You May Have Missed in School.”

If you just read the words “Dew Point” and assumed it’s the time of day you can finally crack open a Mountain Dew, you are wrong. You should never reach that point of day. I’m talking about that confusing number you always ignore when you’re looking at the day’s humidity, the thing that looks like temperature, but isn’t.

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Bullshit Jobs and Silicon Valley

Klint Finley

My latest for Wired:

Levels is on a quest to launch 12 “startups” in just 12 months, and he’s a third of the way home now. One, called Play My Inbox, gathers all the music it finds in your e-mail inbox into a single playlist. Another, called Go Fucking Do It, gives you a new way to set personal goals. Basically, if you don’t reach your goal, you have to cough up some cash to Levels. Gifbook, due to launch by the end of the month, is his fifth creation.

Launching one product a month would be a major endeavor for anyone, but Levels has ramped up the degree of difficulty. For one, he’s building all this stuff while traveling the world. He has no fixed address. Instead, he lives out of a single backpack and works from coffee shops and co-working spaces. And two, each of these “startups” is a one-man operation. “I do everything,” he tells WIRED from his current home, The Philippines. “I’m sort of a control freak.”

Depending on who you ask, Levels represents either everything that’s right about the state of the technology industry or everything that’s wrong. He’s self-motivated, ambitious, and resourceful, building each of these projects without any outside investment. But on the flip side, he’s yet another young white male making products that solve what many people see as trivial problems for an already privileged subset of the population, while ignoring larger issues like global warming and wealth disparity.

Worse, as a “digital nomad” who has left to West to create new tech gizmos in places like Thailand and Indonesia, some argue that he’s exploiting wealth disparity to his own benefit. But Levels no fool. He’s deeply aware of the contradictions in his work, and he’s trying hard to sort through them. He may or may not succeed.

Full Story: Wired: This Guy Is Launching 12 Startups in 12 Months

What I intended — and I’m not sure I succeeded — was to do a meditation/case study on the state of the tech startup ecosystem. We had to cut a lot of material from this article, and there was more that didn’t make it in, but one of the things on my minds was David Graeber’s “bullshit jobs” idea. From an interview in Salon:

Suddenly it became possible to see that if there’s a rule, it’s that the more obviously your work benefits others, the less you’re paid for it. CEOs and financial consultants that are actually making other people’s lives worse were paid millions, useless paper-pushers got handsomely compensated, people fulfilling obviously useful functions like taking care of the sick or teaching children or repairing broken heating systems or picking vegetables were the least rewarded.

But another curious thing that happened after the crash is that people came to see these arrangements as basically justified. You started hearing people say, “well, of course I deserve to be paid more, because I do miserable and alienating work” – by which they meant not that they were forced to go into the sewers or package fish, but exactly the opposite—that they didn’t get to do work that had some obvious social benefit. I’m not sure exactly how it happened. But it’s becoming something of a trend. I saw a very interesting blog by someone named Geoff Shullenberger recently that pointed out that in many companies, there’s now an assumption that if there’s work that anyone might want to do for any reason other than the money, any work that is seen as having intrinsic merit in itself, they assume they shouldn’t have to pay for it. He gave the example of translation work. But it extends to the logic of internships and the like so thoroughly exposed by authors like Sarah Kendzior and Astra Taylor. At the same time, these companies are willing to shell out huge amounts of money to paper-pushers coming up with strategic vision statements who they know perfectly well are doing absolutely nothing.

So as much as we bash on techbros* wasting time building silly apps, there’s a bit more going on here. It’s hard to find a job today, especially if you’re young, and especially one that is “meaningful.” Tech just happens to be one of the few booming industries at the moment, and one of the only ones paying living wage**. So while many people might rather be curing maleria or fighting poverty or fixing global warming, building apps for Silicon Valley startups. And what’s their real alternative? Work for a big company like IBM, or go work for the NSA? They’re probably better off working for Yo or Rap Genius or whatever.

“Get rich writing apps” may be the new “make money from home selling Tupperware,” but it’s the best many people can hope for today, and blaming young programmers, as opposed to the politicians and capitalists who got us into this mess.

*Note that I’m not calling Pieter Levels a techbro here.

**Which is part of why it’s important to change tech culture to make it more inclusive, which is another topic entirely. (One covered very well at Model View Culture).




Is it Sunday. already?

That means only one thing, Artist Interview! This week’s artist is CaptainHanni, a wonderful artist as well as a wonderful person. You can check out their blog in the link above. And news!! They are planning to start a webcomic  with their OC’s Reno and Belial. So if you’re a fan  of lovable demons (who isn’t?) make sure to keep your eyes open to when that begins!

More news! We are now up to 49 followers from the 14 followers we had only a few days ago! Wow! Just wow! 

I cannot begin to convey my excitement and appreciation to Captain Hanni and all of our new followers! We will be editing our blog, so if you’re now hearing about us for the first time, you can be kept up to speed. 

Since, we have gotten such a positive review from our previous post, I will be posting a “Meet The Team” page spread. It will include photos of all of us, bio information, overview of the competition, and progress of the app. 

See our Facebook page for information and status reports! And like us! Subscribe! 

Look forward to that post some time next week, before our next Artist Interview.

Heads up, next week’s artist is Japhers. Another wonderful human being. 

Thank you again to all our followers. You don’t understand how much it means to the whole group. 


Tips for starting your own company Part 2

To continue with tips for staring your own business. 

5. Be flexible: Your idea sounded so good! You have everything sorted out, but it is not working. Don’t let your pride ruin your business. It is about what the customer wants, not what you want to sell him. I know there are very cunning business men out there, but not everybody is. Find out what your customers like, need or prefer and sell that, instead of wasting your energy and time to try and sell your dreams. Example; A bar in a hillbilly town opens up. They have a huge wine cellar with vintage wines, a menu that serves exquisite haute cuisine, french inspired with modern and refined twists. But all the guest wants is beer, nachos and a place to go dancing. Here you can choose to maintain your idea and vision, try to sell it to the people that do come in. It might work. Or change your wine cellar into a dance cave. What would be easier?

6. Advertisement: What is the best way of advertisement? We spoke about it in point 5. Mouth to mouth advertisement is for many businesses the most effective way to gain more customers. My Google rating will probably drop after this post. Who bought something because of Social media ads or search engine ads. Don’t get me wrong, they are both great mediums to find stuff, but I think it just makes you look better than you really are. Let’s face it, would you rather have the local community know about your business, or someone in India who clicks on your website. I use my social media as advertisement. It is my resume of what I do and have done. If someone is interested in hiring me, the pictures of my food are an excellent way to let them know what I am capable of. But until I talk to them I haven’t sold anything. Reach out to your customers rather than spending money online.

7. Partner up: You are confident that the world is ready for your idea. You are ready to change your life and be your own boss. You got capital and ready to launch your new business. But maybe you can’t do it all by yourself. How about your days off? Are you able to handle all the aspects of your business? Do you have weak points or things you don’t really like doing yourself? Maybe it is wise to partner up and share the responsibilities. There are many risks here, because you will introduce someone into your ideas, with their ideas. But than again you are already taking a risk by starting something from nothing. There are many ways to share a business. Think about what your business is lacking and search for someone who can fill that hole. That can be someone who is specialized in your field of work, or someone in a more supportive role, like a bookkeeper or accountant or PR manager, IT specialist. Or an investor. Even though my business is still in it’s baby phase, at one point I will need to partner up. Probably someone who would like to invest in my idea, but since I am not in a rush, maybe someone who can share my idea and take up the same responsibilities I do.

8. Think before you leap: Sometimes your new idea for your business is great at first. But don’t rush into it. Think it over or write it down and see if it makes sense. You might end up spending money on things you don’t need after all. Don’t forget that there are others out there trying to sell you things you ‘really’ need. Spend your money wisely when it comes down to advertisement or investments. Think carefully when you open accounts for your business. Do you need a business account at your bank or can you do without for instance. Where do you create your website and what name? 

9. Use one name: Sounds logic, but If you open social media accounts, websites, business cards, posters or anything with your name on it, use the same name. In the end search engines will have a better result if everything links to the same name. For instance cheflekker is linked to all my online activity. One short word for all my accounts.Make your name easy to remember and easy to find.

10. Be passionate: Like what you are doing, because you will spend a lot of time doing that. Having an own business takes up a lot of time. There is more to it than just earning money from your primary tasks. Be up for the commitment and challenges you will face. Enjoy and be grateful when you achieve success in your efforts to make your business a success. 


Curious about what I am doing?  Visit www.cheflekker.com to find out!

Five years ago Jennifer Hyman was a 29-year-old Harvard Business School graduate with no experience in fashion or technology, pitching her startup, Rent the Runway, to a boardroom full of partners at a big-time Boston venture capital firm. The idea then, as now, was to buy designer dresses wholesale and rent them, over the Web, for a night or two for a fraction of the price. When Hyman was about to get to the part where she explained how many inventory turns she could get from a Diane von Furstenberg, one of the men interrupted the presentation, cupped her hand in his and said,”You are just too cute. You get this big closet and get to play with all these dresses and can wear whatever you want. This must be so much fun!”

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Hal Finney, PGP and Bitcoin Pioneer, Dies At 58
New submitter brokenin2 writes Hal Finney, the number two programmer for PGP and the first person to receive a Bitcoin transaction, has passed away. From the article on Coindesk: “Shortly after collaborating with Nakamoto on early bitcoin code in 2009, Finney announced he was suffering from ALS. Increasing paralysis, which eventually became near-total, forced him to retire from work in early 2011.”

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How the Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance Is Providing a Boost for African Start-Ups | Vanity Fair

Photo: Harambe entrepreneurs Idris Bello, Okendo Lewis-Gayle (founder and chairman), Rumbi Mushavi, Rakhee Shah, David Ly, Suzana Moreira, Rapelang Rabana, and Sam Imende. Photographed at the Antico Caffè Greco, in Rome.

Harambee is Swahili for “Let’s pull together.” And the flourishing Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance lives up to its credo. The brainchild of 31-year-old Okendo Lewis-Gayle (second from left)—born in Costa Rica, raised in Italy, educated at Southern New Hampshire University—the organization targets African-born twentysomethings from elite schools who have dreams of starting business ventures and socially responsible projects in their native lands.

Discouraged by the frequency with which foreign executives tend to swoop in to run new companies, Harambe persuaded large firms such as McKinsey & Company, GlaxoSmithKline, and Standard Chartered Bank to provide grants, pro bono services, and expertise to its members and their start-ups.he result: a 31-country assembly of 225 bright young entrepreneurs, .

After a Vatican forum not long ago, Harambe associates met to network and swap stories at Rome’s oldest bar, the Antico Caffè Greco. Among them: Nigeria’s Idris Bello, who oversees tech incubator Wennovation Hub; Zimbabwe’s Rumbi Mushavi, who works with a poultry-farm initiative that provides jobs and sustenance for H.I.V.-positive women in rural Uganda; Kenya’s Rakhee Shah, whose successful fashion label is carried in boutiques in Hong Kong and Spain; Senegal’s David Ly, who leads an app-development firm; South Africa’s Suzana Moreira, who has set up a mobile-commerce service; Botswana’s Rapelang Rabana, a “mobile learning” pioneer; and Kenya’s Sam Imende, who co-founded Enzi, a made-in-Africa footwear brand.