On Monday, November 20th, an agricultural trading company, a premium furniture designer, and an online caregiver platform went home as the winners at the 2017 She Leads Africa Demo Day. The Demo Day was the closing ceremony to the 3-month She Leads Africa Accelerator entrepreneurship development program. Supported by the Work in Progress! Alliance (VC4Africa and Oxfam), OCP, Guaranty Trust Bank, and Intel Corp, the SLA Accelerator worked with 20 promising companies looking to grow and scale their businesses. At Demo Day, five of the top companies were able to pitch their businesses in front of esteemed business leaders to win cash prizes.
Afua Osei, Co-Founder of She Leads Africa and one of the Demo Day judges said, “Since August, it has been truly impressive to see the growth and development of these women entrepreneurs.”
The first place winner of N2 million was Farmties, represented by Dara Adekunle of the OCP Agribusiness Cohort. Farmties takes advantage of the growing agriculture industry in Nigeria and provides a platform to trade agriculture commodities.
The second place winner of N1 million was Taeillo, represented by Jumoke Dada of the Lagos Creative Cohort. Jumoke is looking to disrupt the furniture industry in Nigeria by bringing premium, urban African furniture to the market.
In third place winner of N500,000 was Greymate Care, represented by Chika Madubuko of the Intel technology cohort. Chika created an online platform that connects the elderly and vulnerable adults to a highly trained and insured caregiver thus, taking the stress of care off busy professionals.
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Interview requests for the finalists can be sent to [email protected].
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