infoDev launches Women Innovators Network in Africa

infoDev launches Women Innovators Network in Africa

Following a recent focus group organized by infoDev, ccHub, and Afrilabs, infoDev is working with African women in technology to establish a Women Innovators Network in Africa (WINA).

TechDivaz organizers

At the focus group, around 30 women from Nigeria, Senegal, Ghana, Zambia, and Tanzania came together to share personal perspectives and help each other overcome business challenges faced by women entrepreneurs in technology fields.

The attendees included students of Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) in Ghana, leaders of the Askinana Network in Zambia, founders of grassroots groups such as TechDivaz, recent computer science graduates and self-taught developers interested in creating apps spanning education to media.

They underscored the influence mentors can have in the success of a startup and the need for self-confidence and business savvy in a male-dominated field with entrenched gender attitudes.

Membership to WINA is open to everyone interested in women’s tech entrepreneurship. Simply visit the group’s Facebook page to join this online community and share your story. Check back on infodev.org/mobile and www.twitter.com/infodev for new developments.

Pictured: Damilola Sobowale and Tolu Agunbiade, organizers of ccHub's TechDivaz group, which promotes women's opportunities in the regional tech ecosystem.


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