A book spotlighting African female tech role models to inspire the next generation of women innovators
Founding Women is a book sharing the inspiring entrepreneurship journeys of 20 African women in tech
Our goal is to highlight role models to empower young African women to be technology innovators
We've interviewed amazing trailblazers such as Rebecca Enonchong - CEO of AppsTech ( Forbes 10 Female Tech Founders To Watch In Africa ) and Hilda Moraa - Founder & CEO of Pezesha ( She previously founded Weza Tele, the first African tech startup to successfully exit when it was acquired by Jumo.World in 2015) as well as other established and upcoming founders working in energy, health, software and fintech.
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MEET THE TRAILBLAZERS
Meet the inspiring African female tech founders featured in the book
Rebecca Enonchong (Cameroon)
Founder & CEO - AppsTech
Rebecca Enonchong is a technology entrepreneur and advocate. She is the founder and CEO of AppsTech, a global technology provider of enterprise application solutions. She has received widespread recognition for her work championing and promoting technology entrepreneurship in Africa including being named a Global Leader for Tomorrow (GLT) by the World Economic Forum and one of the top female tech founders to watch in Africa by Forbes.
Temie Giwa - Tubosun (Nigeria)
Founder & CEO - LifeBank Nigeria
Temie is the founder and CEO of LifeBank, a platform which enables timely delivery of blood to hospitals and patients who need it. She was named one of BBC’s 100 Women in 2014 and has been featured as a TEDx speaker. Mark Zuckerberg highlighted her as one of the most inspiring entrepreneurs he met during his visit to Nigeria in 2016.
Hilda Moraa (Kenya)
Founder & CEO - Pezesha
Hilda is a Kenyan fintech entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of Pezesha, a peer to peer micro-lending marketplace for Africa that provides access to affordable financial services and credit scores to low income borrowers. She previously founded Weza Tele, one of the first African tech startups to successfully exit when it was acquired in 2015. In 2016, she was named one of the 30 Most Promising Young African Entrepreneurs by Forbes.
Tizzita Tefera (Ethiopia)
Co-founder & MD - mTena
Tizzita is a social innovator who is the Co-founder and Managing Director of mTena, an sms-based application that provides tailored maternal and infant care information to women in Ethiopia.
Odunoluwa Longe (Nigeria)
Odunoluwa is a lawyer who is passionate about empowering African entrepreneurs. She is the co-founder and CEO of DIYLaw.ng, an online platform that simplifies access to legal services for entrepreneurs in Nigeria. In 2015, DIYLaw won The Hague Institute for the Internalisation of Law (HiiL), Innovating Justice Awards.
Founder & CTO -AfricanJober
Richill is a UK-based software engineer, former banker and technology entrepreneur. She is the founder and CTO of AfricanJober, an online platform which connects top African talent with leading employers.
Rachel Sibande (Malawi)
Founder & CEO - mHub Malawi
Rachel is a computer scientist and social entrepreneur from Malawi. She is the founder of mHub, Malawi's first technology hub and incubator for innovators and emerging entrepreneurs. A recognised technology advocate, in 2015 she was a recipient of the Anita Borg Scholarship from Google and in 2016 was named one of Africa’s 30 most promising entrepreneurs under the age of 30 by Forbes.
Nneile Nkholise (South Africa)
Founder iMed Tech
Nneile is a mechanical engineer and social innovator whose vision is to transform healthcare in Africa. She is the founder of iMed Tech, a medical innovation startup which produces prosthetics for cancer patients and burn victims. She has been recognised through a number of awards including the presidential award for Science, Innovation and Technology at the 2017 South African Youth Awards and was named one of Africa’s top female innovators at the World Economic Forum in 2016.
Lucia Wamala (Uganda)
Founder & CEO Bakulu Power
Lucia is a Ugandan energy entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of Bakulu Power, a technology startup whose mission is to provide local communities with clean and affordable renewable energy systems. In 2017, she was named one of the 30 most promising entrepreneurs in Africa by Forbes.
Evelyn Namara (Uganda)
Founder & CEO, Vouch Digital Limited
Evelyn is the founder and CEO of Vouch Digital Limited, a technology startup that is championing the development of digital solutions in the distribution sector. Their award-winning flagship product, M-Voucher, has been used by different development agencies to distribute seed crops, post-harvest and farming equipment. Evelyn has been widely recognized for her role as a champion for women in tech, including being named the Anita Borg ABIE Change Agent Award winner in 2012.
Farida Bedwei (Ghana)
Co-Founder & CTO Logiciel
Farida is the co-founder and chief technology officer of Logiciel, a Ghanaian software company that develops technology solutions which promote financial inclusion for the unbanked. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy at a young age, Farida is a well-known disability-rights advocate and has been featured widely in global media including CNN African Voices. She has been recognised with a number of awards including being named one of the most influential women in business and finance in Ghana.
Lilian Makoi (Tanzania)
Founder - Jamii (bimaAFYA)
Lilian is a Tanzanian fintech entrepreneur who is the founder of Jamii, a mobile micro-insurance startup that enables access to affordable health insurance for low-income communities. She has won a number of awards including being named one of the most innovative women in technology in Africa by the World Economic Forum in 2016.
Leillah is the founder of NoScrunchie, an online discovery and review platform for Afro hair salons. Alongside running NoScrunchie, she is a finance and accounting professional who has worked for a number of startups in the UK. Here she shares her journey setting up a tech-based business as a non-tech founder and how she deals with balancing her career, business and family.
Ivy Barley (Ghana)
Co-Founder - Developers In Vogue
Ivy is a social entrepreneur and women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) advocate. She is the co-founder of Developers In Vogue, a training and career support community for skilled female developers in Ghana. In 2017 she was the winner of the Ghana Youth Social Entrepreneurship Competition and was named among the 50 Most Influential Young Ghanaians.
Founder- BeGenio (Easy Maths Skills)
Grace is a UK-based entrepreneur and founder of BeGenio (Easy Maths Skills), a hub for fun resources and games aimed at helping children build their confidence and skills in Mathematics. She is also the creator of Race To Infinity, a board game which makes Maths entertaining and fun for kids.
Born to a South African mother and Zimbabwean father, Desiree is a UK-based social entrepreneur, storyteller and media personality. She is the co-founder of iProtégé, a digital support ecosystem for women that merges business and personal development with innovation and technology. She is also the host of Start-up Africa, a radio talk show that explores the innovative culture and start-up ecosystems in Africa
Founder & CEO at Birds of Afrika
Gaelle is a passionate advocate for women in tech and Africa. She is the founder and CEO of Birds of Afrika (BOA), an innovative language learning app for African languages.
Aline Saraiva Okello (Mozambique)
Co-Founder HarvestRainWater App
Aline is a Civil Engineer, PhD researcher and social entrepreneur. She is the co-founder of HarvestRainWater, an app designed to help communities prevent water shortages by building systems that collect and preserve rainwater. She has been recognized through a number of awards including the L'Oréal-UNESCO Fellowship for Women in Science, Faculty of the Future Fellowship and the Royal Academy of Engineering Africa Prize.
Founder - Tech Women Network
Jumoke is a US-based technology consultant and social entrepreneur. She is the founder of Tech Women Network, a platform for women in technology to showcase their skills, find resources, and connect with each other. Prior to that she built a successful career as application developer and systems analyst before branching out into entrepreneurship. A thought-leader and advocate for women-in-tech, her articles have been featured in leading publications including Forbes.
Co-Founder & MD - Afrobytes
Haweya is an African tech advocate and entrepreneur based in France. She is the co-founder and Managing Director of Afrobytes, a market place bridging the African and European tech ecosystems. Prior to co-founding Afrobytes, she built a successful media career working for big names such as Channel 4 and the RTL Group.