On Saturday, September 20th 10 female entrepreneurs from across the continent and diaspora competed for more than $30,000 in cash and prizes at the She Leads Africa Entrepreneur Showcase.
The businesses were judged for marketability and scalability, among other attributes. More than 300 people filled the venue as dozens of angel investors and representatives from venture capital companies including Cardinal Stone, Kuramo Capital, Travant Capital, and Metis Capital Partners attended the event looking for investment deals with the next hottest startups.
At the end of it all, 3 winners emerged:
In third place with a cash prize of $1000 was Thandos. Thandos provides a platform that empowers aspiring African artists to design women’s fashion footwear that is comfortable, convenient and affordable.
Coming in second was Loue 1 Voiture, Morroco’s first online platform for reserving cars from big and small car hire companies. They went home with a $5000 cash prize.
Tastemakers Africa went home with the ultimate $10,000 cash prize. The startup is behind a mobile app dedicated to buying upscale, curated experiences on the African continent.
Honorable mention: Fashpa.com an online retailing platform, dedicated to providing African consumers with access to fashion and lifestyle brands. (Nigeria)
GT Bank provided the $10,000 prize for 1st place and $1,000 prize for 3rd place while FSDH Merchant Bank provided the 2nd place prize of $5,000. Huawei also announced the Huawei She Leads Africa Fellowship where 5 entrepreneurs from the She Leads Africa network will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Shenzhen and Shanghai, China to visit the Huawei campus. Nour Drissi from Loue 1 Voiture receieved that prize as selected by the judges.
Premium sponsors such as Etisalat, Africa Practice, Travant Capital and Forbes Woman provided in kind prizes while Laurent Perrier provided complimentary champagne, Eve and Tribe provided styling and makeup for all volunteers, and AfroCab provided free rides to the event.