There is great potential for innovation and growth in Africa’s female entrepreneurs. Africa is the only region in the world where more women than men choose to become entrepreneurs, they may be the ‘Future of the Africa Continent’, as the World Bank notes.
Yet challenges remain to female entrepreneurs trying to grow their businesses: lack of access to capital due to insufficient collateral, discriminatory property rights in some regions, as well as cultural and psycho-sociological constraints. The role for investors in combating these challenges has been increasing in prominence, indicated by the rise of gender-smart and gender-lens investing.
Invest Africa invites you to register for our upcoming webinar discussing these challenges and strategies for solutions.
Vivian Nwakah | Founder & CEO | Medsaf
Vivian Nwakah is CEO and Founder of Medsaf. Medsaf is one stop shop for health care stakeholders to purchase, manage and track medications in complicated supply chains. Vivian was born and raised in the United States mostly in the northern Chicago suburbs of Skokie and Evanston. She attended University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign for undergraduate studies and went to a Global MBA Program where she spent time at IAE Sorbonne, in Paris France, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, and J. Mack Robinson Business School in Atlanta, Georgia. Vivian was the youngest branch manager for Wells Fargo Financial a financial services off-shoot of Wells Fargo Bank where she was consistently top sales person in the Midwest Region. Vivian ran a political campaign for alderman in Chicago Illinois and was able to lead the campaign to front-runner status with endorsements from the Democratic National Committee, Chicago Teacher’s Union, and AFSCME union.
Vivian went on to help start a chain of home health care agencies which exposed her to entrepreneurship and the business side of health care. Vivian decided to go global and landed in Lagos, Nigeria for the first time in 2013. Before launching Medsaf, she started a hybrid-diesel solar company in Nigeria, focused on commercial and industrial installations.
Arthur Chupeau | Venture Partner | The Baobab Network
Arthur is a Venture Partner at The Baobab Network, an early stage investor and accelerator for tech start-ups across Africa. Over the last 10 years, Arthur has worked across four continents, with experience across International Business, Investment Banking and Private Equity. He is passionate about entrepreneurship in Africa, Manchester United and dancing to afrobeats music.
Winnie Biwott | Co-Founder | Twende
Winnie Biwott graduated with a double major in Economics and Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University. She graduated with distinction in Economics. Winnie currently lives in Nairobi, Kenya. Winnie has recently founded a carpooling app in Kenya called Twende, which aims to reduce the numbers of cars on the road by encouraging ride sharing, especially for long trips. Prior to co-founding Twende, Winnie worked as a research and strategy specialist for the One Acre Fund, a non-profit social enterprise that supplies financing and training to help small farm holders grow their way out of hunger and build lasting pathways to prosperity. At the One Acre Fund, Winnie was responsible for research and analysis on various projects across the organization which has offices in ten sub-Saharan African nations.
Wayne Hennessy-Barrett | CEO | 4G Capital
Founder and CEO of 4G Capital, an innovative fintech business capital firm operating in Kenya since 2013. Over 20-years’ experience in frontier markets creating sustainable end-to-end distribution systems for scalable, profitable enterprises. Advised and served on a number of commercial and not for profit boards in the finance and technology sectors. Prior experience in strategic change supporting private banks, fiduciary and professional service firms. Former service in the Coldstream Guards seeing extensive active duty worldwide in a variety of specialised roles.
A Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management and Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. Masters from King’s College London in Conflict Studies and International Relations and a BA from Exeter University in Politics, graduating cum laude in both. Diploma in International Compliance from the ICA, and Harvard Business School Strategic Leadership in Financial Inclusion executive course.
Enjoys boxing, polo and shooting to relax, and current affairs to become un-relaxed again.
Franziska Hollmann | Director Corporate Finance, Africa | DEG
Franziska Hollmann has more than 20 years’ experience in structured financing of manufacturing, agribusiness and service companies. She is Director of Corporate Finance Africa at DEG where she is responsible for new business development, structuring and managing a portfolio of corporate clients. Prior to that appointment, she was Director of Agribusiness globally. She started her professional career in 1996 at Deutsche Ausgleichsbank managing financing programs for business start-ups.