Ten Nigerian startups have been selected for the 2016 She Leads Africa (SLA) Accelerator Programme, organisers have announced.
[quote font=”georgia” font_size=”22″ font_style=”italic” align=”left” arrow=”yes”]She Leads Africa received applications from over 120 startups from across Nigeria, the group says, noting that selected entrepreneurs were evaluated on their traction and progress in the market, management team and vision to grow and scale across Africa.[/quote]She Leads Africa, a community which helps young women build their careers and businesses, says that the three-month accelerator programme which began on July 11th in Lagos, was created in partnership with the Work in Progress Alliance (VC4Africa and Oxfam) and Guaranty Trust Bank.
The 2016 She Leads Africa (SLA) Accelerator Programme will identify, support and fund the next generation of Nigeria’s brightest female entrepreneurs, according to the programme organisers.
She Leads Africa received applications from over 120 startups from across Nigeria, the group says, noting that selected entrepreneurs were evaluated on their traction and progress in the market, management team and vision to grow and scale across Africa.
The selected participants at the Accelerator programme will spend the next three months working on their business strategy and growth, while networking with investors and potential partners, She Leads Africa says.
Experts and programme mentors include Chudi Amu, Vice President of Investment at Verod Capital; Shirley Somuah, Investor at Cardinal Stone Partners; Seun Abolaji, Creative Director at Wilson’s Juice Company; and Tunde Kehinde and Ercin Eskin, Cofounders of ACE.
The entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to pitch their businesses at an investor Demo Day in October and compete for N2 million worth of investment from She Leads Africa along with other business support services, She Leads Africa says.
The ten selected startups announced by She Leads Africa include:
-Fresh Direct Produce and Agro Allied Services: An eco-friendly social enterprise that produces premium organic produce through hydroponics and community action.
-DeliveryBros: Helps to save time and stress through pickup and drops from the market to the house or office.
–VivaSante: Solves the medical industry’s procurement problem, by providing a technology enabled distribution solution resulting in transparency and simplicity.
-Koko’s Kitchen: An indigenous brand of confectionery dry mixes specially to suit the taste buds and pocketbook of the quintessential person on the go.
–Bubble Tii: Bringing the Bubble Tea phenomena to Africa.
-Shuttlers: Enables professionals to access comfortable and efficient transportation to and from work using seat matching technology.
-Keek’s: Designs tailored weight loss packages for busy women who a plan that is both effective and simple to implement.
–Native Bukka: A chain of Afrocentric quick service restaurants that specialize in exceptionally good bukka food served fresh all day for busy individuals on the go.
-BathKandy Co.: Creates sumptuous dessert-inspired beauty treats for women who crave the finer things.
–Independent Personal Assistant (IPA): Provides strategic virtual assistance to high-level executives across Africa.