25 African Female Founded Tech Start-ups Selected for Second Edition of The Future is Female Mentorship Program

Twenty-five African female-founded tech startups have been selected for the second edition of The Future is Female Mentorship Program, a PR and communications mentorship program dedicated exclusively to African female tech founders.  C. Moore Media, International Public Relations (CMM), a New York-headquartered PR agency focusing on the US, UK, and African markets, launched the inaugural edition of the Program on Africa Day in 2020. When businesses worldwide were reeling from the effects of the global pandemic, CMM wanted to help the least supported group, early-stage startups led by Africa female tech founders. In this second edition, the Program received 180 applications from 26 different African countries translating to a 30% increase compared to the applications received in the inaugural edition.

The Finalists

This Program gained the attention of leading international business magazine Forbes who exclusively announced the 25 finalists of the Program, immediately giving these African female tech founders visibility with international business audiences.

The 25 selected finalists for the 2021 edition can be found here. The finalists will become mentees of the Program, making up the #Classof2021.

The 2021 Mentees


South Africa

Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya

Guinea, Cameroon and Senegal

Egypt, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Eswatini

Once the 25 finalists have completed the Future is Female Mentorship program; they will own insights into the fundamentals of PR and communications and understand how to leverage this knowledge to gain visibility, grow their business, work with media and build their brand.

Program Details

The Future is Female Mentorship Program is the first PR and communications mentorship program dedicated exclusively to African female tech founders. The Program is complimentary to ensure no entry barriers for any female founder who wants to apply. For the second edition, CMM announced a partnership with Africa Communications Week (AfricaCommsWeek). This partnership enables the Program to bring further world-class and Pan-African PR insights from additional leading experts, complementing CMM’s global and Africa regional PR expertise.

Mentorship Session Details

CMM’s MD & Founder, Claudine Moore, alongside AfricaCommsWeek’s founders, will lead group masterclass sessions for the selected mentees and participate in Q and A sessions. AfricaCommsWeek will also support CMM in creating content for the customized sessions taking place over three months.

The customized sessions will provide insights into PR and communications fundamentals for early-stage tech startups, including creating a communications plan, corporate storytelling, media relations and more.

For more information on the finalists and details of the Program, visit www.thefutureisfemalementorshipprogram.com.

To stay in touch, follow #CMMtheFutureIsFemale, @CMooreMedia, and @ClaudineMoore on Twitter and Instagram for more details. Visit www.thefutureisfemalementorshipprogram.com for news and updates.

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