Arts & Culture

Women in Tech: Is it more complicated in Africa?

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm | 04 June 2020
Online | Free

Africa is the only region in the world where more women than men choose to become entrepreneurs.

Meanwhile, technology has appeared to be a powerful tool to solve some of the continent’s biggest challenges. Mobile money and fintech startups have brought basic financial services to millions of Africans, while decentralised energy production technology is bringing electricity in rural areas.

Paradoxically, like many other tech ecosystems, Africa does not have enough women in tech entrepreneurship. AWIEF and AfricArena are determined to promote women tech entrepreneurship, help to create role models as well as move lines to make sure that tomorrow’s leading tech startups will be founded and led by an equal ratio of men and women.

The goal is to ask knowledgeable speakers offering various insights on different subjects. We will be covering the role of education and technical skills, the need to have more gender-balanced VC funds as well as more role models with female founders and female leadership teams in high growth startups.

Register here

This event takes place 3 PM South African Standard Time – 1 PM GMT and 2 PM BST.

About the organisers:

Africa Women Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF)​ is a premier pan-African women economic empowerment organisation which nurtures and actively promotes women innovation and entrepreneurship through its development programs, accelerators, and events, including the annual AWIEF conference and awards. AWIEF recently launched LeadTech Incubation in partnership with UM6P​, ​ Morocco to support the growth of women tech startups in Africa.

AfricArena​ is a tech African accelerator that runs open innovation challenges, tech events as well as produces content about the African tech ecosystem. AfricArena does the bridge between entrepreneurs, investors, and corporates in order to foster tech innovation in Africa.

Image credit:Illustrated by @POPEPHOENIX for Essence

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