She Leads Africa has announced the launch of a business pitch competition exclusively for female entrepreneurs, which will give the most promising female entrepreneurs in Africa a platform to connect to prominent mentors, business funding and new market opportunities.
She Leads Africa is a social enterprise ensuring that women are part of Africa’s growth story by helping female entrepreneurs gain access to the knowledge, networks, and financing to build and scale strong businesses.
The first initiative to increase access to finance is a Pitch Competition in September which will screen applications to identify the top 10 talented female entrepreneurs who have founded or co-founded early stage start-ups. Finalists will be selected by professionals in the consulting, venture capital, and finance industry based on the strength of the idea, ability to scale, understanding of the market, and quality of the management team. Special consideration will be given to entrepreneurs in the technology sector.
Finalists will be paired with mentors to help advance their businesses and the entrepreneurs will be brought to Lagos to pitch their businesses to a panel of notable business personalities including Hakeem Belo-Osagie (Chairman, Etisalat Nigeria); Ngozi Edozien (CEO, InVivo Partners); and Bola Adesola (CEO, Standard Chartered Bank). Finalists will compete for a $10,000 cash first place prize, one-on-one meetings with venture capitalists, legal advice from a premier law firm, free business lines and internet packages for a year, tablets, SME accounting software and more.
The Pitch Competition is supported by lead sponsor GT Bank, supporters Etisalat, Udo Udoma & Belo-Osagie, FSDH Capital, Capital Square, Lagos Angel Network and media partners Bella Naija, Venture Burn, Genevieve Magazine, Ayiba Magazine, and Tech 360.
More information about the organisation and the application can be found on the website www.SheLeadsAfrica.org or email: info (at) sheleadsafrica.org.
Application deadline is Wednesday 30th July 2014.
Bellanaija is a Media Partner with the She Leads African Competition