Business Insider and the Africa Collective initiative it supports presents 5 female tech founders who have been making strides in the tech community.
These individuals have been featured in numerous publications.
Their desire to deliver tech-driven solutions inspired these women to make their push into a male-dominated field.
The emergence of female techies in Africa is happening at a meteoric pace.
The narrative surrounding the tech space in Africa is that men largely dominate the industry. However, this is hardly the case, as male dominance in Africa’s tech ecosystem is rapidly dwindling.
Each year, more and more women achieve major milestones in the field, effectively ushering in an era of female leadership in Africa’s tech sector.
From the business side of tech to management, thought leadership, to the science of the field, women are breaking ground in tech. This fact, coupled with the economic emphasis placed on tech globally, creates an avenue for more groundbreaking innovations to be dreamt up.
According to Disrupt Africa, African tech startups have raised US$2.7 billion in total funding in the first three quarters of 2022, almost 30% more than the US$2.1 billion banked in 2021.
As a result, this year has seen more female founders raise capital for their startups and get accepted into reputable accelerators like Techstars Toronto Accelerator (Techstars Toronto) and Y Combinator (YC).
Below are five women doing amazing things in the tech space. They were drawn from a pool of numerous outstanding women leaders in Africa’s tech space.
Olamide Olowe: This Nigerian entrepreneur was recently named the youngest black woman ever to raise $10 million in funding. She is the founder of Topicals, a skin care line which uses tech to enhance its services. The company was founded in 2018. This Los Angeles based entrepreneur is also the co-founder of SheaGIRL, a Sundial Brands subsidiary now owned by Unilever.
Neemar Iyer: This Ugandan lady is the founder of Policy, a technology consulting firm which uses digital tools to bridge the gap between the Ugandan government and its citizens. She is a technologist who shuffles between Germany and Uganda, and her tech platform is headquartered in Uganda. Policy was founded in 2017.
Tebogo Mokwena: Tebogo Mokwena is a South African entrepreneur and tech enthusiast. She is the co-founder and CEO of Akiba Digital, a financial technology company which aids SMEs to attain funds despite their credit scores, with its alternative credit scoring infrastructure. The company was founded in 2020. A lack of credit score has created a $200 million-plus discrepancy in the industry, and Abika Digital is the fix to that.