She Leads Africa has announced the top 6 finalists for its 2015 Entrepreneur Showcase, scheduled to hold between September 25-26 in Lagos.
The finalists, selected from a total of 400 applications from 20+ countries will pitch their businesses to a panel of pan-African business executives and investment leaders, and compete for $10,000 cash prize, direct access to investors and international media attention.
For the first time, She Leads Africa will be investing between $25,000 and $50,000 into 2 of the top 5 businesses in addition to the cash prizes of $10,000 for first place, $5,000 for second place and $1,000 for third place.
Here are the 6 finalists:
Beauty Rev NG: Louisa Kinoshi founded Beauty Rev NG to revolutionize beauty in Africa. The startup provides cool, edgy beauty brands at the click of a button.
Heat Free Hair Movement: Founded by Nozi Opara, Heat Free Hair is the first manufacturer of virgin hair exclusively created to blend with African textured, kinky, and curly hair.
Heels In The Kitchen: Founded by Imoteda Aladekomo, a Cordon Bleu trained chef, Heels In The Kitchen is a hosted cooking show with a fashion and style edge that teaches viewers how to create meals while providing interactive content and stunning visuals.
InstaHealth: The startup connects patients to doctors and healthcare information via their mobile phones. InstaHealth was founded by Brenda Katwesigye, a graduate of B.Sc. Telecommunications Engineering from Makerere University.
KAMOKINI: KAMOKINI is an African swimwear & accessories brand that caters to the average body-conscious yet stylish individual. Kambili Ngozi Ofili-Okonkwo is the designer and founder of KAMOKINI.
OmoAlata Foods: Kasope Ladipo-Ajai founded OmoAlata, a startup that produces Nigeria’s first NAFDAC approved 100% organic packaged blended peppermix.
The 6 finalists have combined revenue of $3m, more than 11,000 customers and represent various consumer goods industries including apparel, beauty, water, food and health.
Judges for the 2015 Showcase include Tunde Folawiyo, Managing Director of the Yinka Folawiyo Group; Huda Al Lawati, Abraaj Capital Middle East and North Africa Chief Investment Officer; Acha Leke, Director, McKinsey & Company; Mo Abudu, Founder of Ebony Life TV; and Segun Agbaje, Managing Director & CEO of Guaranty Trust Bank.
“We are very excited about the judging panel for this year’s She Leads Africa Entrepreneur Showcase. The panel is made up of established and well-respected individuals from the consulting, media and finance sectors. Each judge’s professional insight and experience will play an important role in deciding the winners of this year’s Entrepreneur Showcase.” Yasmin Belo-Osagie, She Leads Africa’s co-founder.
The Entrepreneur Showcase is the premier platform for young female entrepreneurs looking to grow and scale their businesses across Africa.
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