Entrepreneurship will be the broad based driver of economic growth for Africa with the potential to create jobs for the more than 200 million young Africans between ages 15 and 24.
However, whilst Sub Saharan Africa has the highest rate of female entrepreneurship across the world (27%), the typical business profile is a consumer-oriented, one-

woman enterprise with no employees and low expectations for future growth. There are numerous NGO and skill building programs focused on micro and small businesses, but limited attention has been paid to investing in high growth female entrepreneurs who have the greatest potential to create large enterprises.

It is these women who have the power to become global leaders and effect change on a mass scale. This business pitch competition provides a platform for the most promising female entrepreneurs in Africa to connect to prominent mentors, business funding and new market opportunities.

What we look out for:
We're looking for businesses: 
  • With at least one female member on the founding team between the ages of 18 and 35;
  • Have received less than $50,000 in funding;
  • Less than than 3 years old;
  • Focused on the African market or diaspora;
  • Have already begun operations. Entrepreneurs at the idea stage are not eligible to apply.
The top applicants will be invited to Lagos to pitch their business ideas in front of a panel of notable business personalities for the chance to win cash and in kind prizes as well as exclusive meetings with angel investors, prominent venture capitalists and other leading professional mentors and sponsors.

Applications deadline is June 30, 2015.

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