Trendy jewelry made in African slums goes international: A Kenyan Startup company has used mobile technology to link local artisans with global markets. The company, founded and managed by women, distributes some of Africa's coolest fashion items via Internet.
Akirachix is a social startup. Formed by a core team of eight entrepreneurs, of which seven are women, it develops its work with the support of a large number of volunteers who provide mentoring to new students. In many cases, these volunteers are former recipients of training courses. Akirachix has also developed a strong network of key partners such as iHub, Google Rise, Computer Aid, Seneca Group, and infoDev, who support the organization in a number of ways. Akirachix originally benefited from an infoDev grant and a sponsorship from Google Rise, and the startup still mainly relies on grants and external support.
A total of 49 women entrepreneurs took part in the three-day workshops,representing growth-oriented and innovative businesses. They underwent intensive training in GyB methodology aimed at strengthening their skill sets, networking acumen and access to mentoring, markets and finance. So far, 100 innovative growth entrepreneurs have been trained since 2013.
Last week was International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future. Each year, the World Bank recognizes women who have made an impact in their communities. This year two of our young Senegalese entreprenuer women caught the World Bank’s attention for their innovative thinking.
Kate Mahugu, cofounder of Shopsoko made quite an impression when she was in Washington, DC for our 2013 Mobile Startup Camp. She not only impressed infoDev but has caught the attention of global corporations and well-established organizations. There's no stopping her as she's determined to let others know about local artisans in developing countries.
infoDev’s Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC) conducted its first high-level forum for policymakers and other innovation ecosystem stakeholders in the Caribbean last week. Twenty-seven participants from 11 Caribbean countries took part in the three-day forum, which was designed to increase their understanding and know-how of the business incubation process.
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).
Forty-five innovative and growth-oriented women entrepreneurs from 12 islands attended infoDev’s first Grow your Business (GyB) workshops in the Caribbean. Held in Barbados and Jamaica over the past week, the workshops were designed to encourage creativity and innovation, and strengthen entrepreneur networks.
As part of the Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Caribbean (EPIC), an infoDev program to support Caribbean entrepreneurs, two 3-day 'Grow your Business' workshops will be held in Barbados and Jamaica this September. This is part of EPIC's Women Innovators Network in the Caribbean (WINC), to support growth-oriented and innovative women entrepreneurs across the region.