Innov8tiv’s 50 Young Visionary Women Leaders to Watch in 2015

Innov8tiv’s 50 Young Visionary Women Leaders to Watch in 2015

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As we countdown to the Year 2015, which is barely 15 hours away. The Innov8tiv team has reviewed the year 2014, looking back at the most prolific women who have stood out in the year 2014. These women have demonstrated leadership, innovation, ingenuity and above all, the potential to impact their communities positively. As we usher in 2015, if precedent is anything to go by, we should expect great things from the women below.

The following list was compiled by Anie Akpe, Lisa Leid, Felix O. and the Innov8tiv team. In no particular order, below are the 50 most outstanding women we should all be on the look out for in 2015:

Ariel Lopez

CEO and founder of 2020Shift (@2020Shift), an online education platform designed to get minority college students and recent grads into AdTech.

Janel Martinez

Founder and EIC of Ain’t I Latina? (@aintilatina) an online destination created by an Afro-Latina for Afro-Latinas. Inspired by the lack of representation in mainstream media, as well as Spanish-language media.

Jessica Santana

Co-founder 0f Brooklyn On Tech (@BrooklynOnTech) a non- profit organization where its mission is to inspire the next generation of tech thought leaders emerging from the borough of Brooklyn, New York.

Kaya Thomas

Founder of ‘We Read Too’ (@WeReadTooApp ) – An App Showcasing Literature For & By People of ColorBook resource app showcasing 300+ books written by authors of color w/ characters of color.

Evita Robinson

Created the NomadnessTravel Tribe, (@NomadnessTribe) an online social community for travelers all around the world, who have the similarity of an urban background and are looking for like-minded travelers to connect with around the world.

Dawn Dickson

Dawn W. Dickson is a serial entrepreneur. In April 2011 she founded Flat Out of Heels, LLC, the creator of the Flat Out rollable flat and the Flat Out rollable shoe vending machine. She launched the company in April 2011 after identifying a need to create a product to provide women with convenient relief after hours of wearing high heels. Click here to follow @FlatOutOfHeels on Twitter.

Morgan DeBaun

Co-Founder of recently launched tech startup Blavity (@Blavity), whose mission is to empower minority creators, inspire self-expression and connect people to content that reflects their culture.

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Danielle Jones

Co-Founder of Lineapple. (@LineappleApp) Lineapple,  a super easy way to hold your place in line on your smartphone. LineappleApp is turning wait time into vacation time.  Down load the app and skip waiting in Lines!

Catt Small

Founded Tech Under Thirty (@TechUnderThirty) is a budding group for technology-oriented people under the age of thirty. Small is bringing designers, developers, engineers, and other people from the tech industry together to form friendships and cross-pollinate ideas.

Janell Hazelwood

Is an Associate Managing Editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business, Technology and Africa. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership.

Kelechi Anyadiegwu

Owner and Creative Director of Zuvaa (@shopZuvaa), a Global Marketplace for African Inspired Fashion. Zuvaa is also an online community and marketplace that presents customers with an unique online shopping experience.

Melissa Hanna

Founder of Mahmee (@GetMahmee),  an mobile healthcare app delivering personalized, on-demand care to breastfeeding mothers and their babies.

Brit Fitzpatrick

Founder and CEO MentorMe (@HeyMentorMe). MentorMe is revolutionizing the way communities invest in their greatest resource…people.

Mary Farrow

Founder of Gramsly (@gramsly). Gramsly creates custom care packages for senior citizens. Send your parents & grandparents a cute box full of love today!

Nicole Amarteifio

Creator of the successful web series @AnAfricanCity.

Zim Ugochukwu

Founder of Travel Noire (@TravelNoire). A digital publishing platform that creates tools and resources for the unconventional traveler

Heather Hiles

Founder of Pathbrite (@Pathbrite). Pathbrite ePortfolios help students collect, track and showcase a lifetime of learning and achievement, and recommend pathways for continuous success

Simone Castillo

Pipeline Fellowship alumna and angel investor Interested in investing in women/minority majority owned, social impact, STEM, services to under-served communities.

Erin Horne Montgomery

Serves as the President and Executive Director of the National Association of Multicultural Digital Entrepreneurs (@namdedotorg). NAMDE advocates for, unites and promotes the interests of diverse companies, organizations, individuals and entities within the technology and broadband market industries

Laura Weidman Powers

Co-Founder and CEO of @CODE2040 where the mission of this program is to bring diversity to Silicon Valley by bringing in talented minorities, who are in school for engineering, to Silicon Valley for the summer, mentoring them and finding them positions with companies.

Tanya Menendez

COO and Co-Founder Maker’s Row (@MakersRow). Maker’s Row’s mission is to make the manufacturing process simple to understand and easy to access. From large corporations to first time designers, they are providing unparalleled access to industry-specific factories and suppliers across the United States.

Rachel Brooks

Founder of Citizen Made (@CitizenMade). Where they make it possible for brands to sell custom products online.

Nour Drissi

Founder of Loue 1 Voiture the first website in Morocco that lets users reserve a car from car hire companies operating locally.

Winifred  Selby

Founder of Afrocentric Bamboo Ltd. a company that manufactures bicycles made from bamboo. The bicycles retail domestically in Ghana are goes for around $100.

Cherae Robinson

Cherae Robinson is the Founder and CEO of Rare Customs, a startup revolutionizing what the world thinks about travel to Africa with the launch of Tastemakers Africa a mobile app and website for finding dope places to eat, sleep, party, and explore Africa targeted at millennial jet setters.

Jade Mann

Founder of Night Bus, the first bus network operating in South Africa that runs exclusively through major nightlife districts and universities throughout the entire night.

Taffi Woolward

Founder of Thandos, a platform assisting aspiring African artists in designing women’s fashion footwear.

Anike Lawal

Founder of Mamalette, a website and information portal that provides Nigerian parents and parents to be all the information they need about parenthood.

Elizabeth Kperrun

Founder of Lizzie’s Creations, a tech company developing mobile and web applications tailor-made to foster the development and education of the African women and children.

Oyindamola Honey Ogundeyi

Founder of, an e-commerce website selling international fashion and lifestyle brands to the locals in Nigeria.

Banke Kuku

Founder of Banke Kuku Textiles, a company that combines traditional African culture to Western culture and come up with a luxurious fabrics for use in interior designing and fashion industry.

Rebecca Enonchong

Founder and CEO of AppsTech, the leading global provider for enterprise application solutions with a client base stretching more than 50 countries worldwide.

Akaliza Keza Gara

A multimedia consultant and Founder of Shaking Sun Ltd, a company that offers multimedia services such as website development, graphic designing and computer animation.


Marieme Jamme

Renowned blogger, technologist, social entrepreneur and the CEO of SpotOne Global Solutions, a company helping tech startups companies develop their businesses, enter new foreign markets, find new business partners and win new profitable ventures abroad.

Monica Musonda

A lawyer by training who practiced corporate law before she starting Java Foods, a company manufacturing eeZee brand of instant noodles.

Ethel Delali Cofie

Founder of Edel Consulting, a company that helps entrepreneurs stay ahead of their competition by providing them the right technologies that reduces their cost of operation and increases their efficiency.

Adiat Disu

An international publicist and Founder of Adirée, a communication and brand strategy company based in New York. Adirée started the African Fashion Week in New York which has grown to become of the biggest fashion events focusing on African fashion.

Tebogo Mashego

Co-founder and CEO of Diep K Steel & Aluminum, a company manufacturing balustrades and stainless steel staircases, aluminum roofing and designer steel gates among other aluminum products.

Naadiya Moosajee

Co-Founder of WomEng (Women in Engineering/ SAWomEng), an international non-profit organization geared towards attracting, developing and nurturing the next generation of women engineering leaders.

Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji

Founder of RISE NETWORKS, A youth interest social enterprise funded privately and publicly and focusing on improving the wholesome youth and education development.

Jamila Abass, Linda Kwamboka and Susan Oguya

The trio are Founders of MFarm, a mobile software company transforming the lives of millions of African farmers by eliminating unscrupulous middlemen in the supply chain between farmers and consumers.

Afua Osei and Yasmin Belo-Osagie

The duo are the co-Founders of She Leads Africa, a platform giving Africa’s most talented female entrepreneurs access to the knowledge, professional networks and financial assistance to build up and scale their businesses.

Naisula Lesuuda

A journalist, peace ambassador and an avid girl child champion. She is also the youngest woman in the Kenyan senate.

Rimini Makama

Serving as Corporate Communications Director at Africa Practice, a company based in Nigeria dealing with strategy and communications consultancy.

Enyo Kumahor

a Global Advisory Technology Leader, a West Africa IT Advisory Leader, both in Ernst & Young and more recently the Managing Director for Thoughtworks in Africa.

Awesomely Luvvie

The self-proclaimed wacky wordsmith, pop culture prima donna and a bodacious blogger. If you are looking for updates on music, fashion, movies industries, then she’s the one to follow on twitter (@Luvvie).

Uduak Oduok

She is a partner and a Co-Founder of Ebitu Law Group P.C dealing with legal affairs such as business litigation, contract drafting and negotiations, entertainment and fashiol law. She is also a podcaster at @ladybrille

Cat Posey

Founder of Tech By Superwomen,  A movement to elevate and celebrate women in tech.

Kega Florence Mukwevho

Founder of MKP Fast Foods, an innovative startup creating employment for the South African youths through operating low cost, scalable mobile kitchen for Galito’s.

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