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The five African Women in Tech that will be pitching in Berlin during the Startup-Night Africa

by Milicent Atieno

Through a partnership between the Lionesses of Africa and the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, five women in tech from Africa will be pitching their digital platforms, apps and solutions to businesses, arms of governments, venture capitalists, and influences in Berlin come October 26th.

Lionesses of Africa pride itself in putting the platform for women techies across the African continent to reach the right audience that will boost their startup businesses and ideas. Hence, Lionesses of Africa called for nominations to identify five women in tech with exemplary digital products, apps, platforms, and solutions to pitch at this event.

This call was made last month in Johannesburg, South Africa and the event was attended by over 300 women entrepreneurs from across the continent. There were numerous women nominated with impressive digital solutions, apps, platforms, and businesses. However, only the top five were selected. These five women are as follows:

Vere Shaba: Founder and Director at Shaba & Ramplin Green Building Solutions from South Africa. Through the company, Shaba created an app that can be used to monitor the building of a structure by the owners remotely. The app pulls up a report on the building progress onto the owner’s iOS and Android devices.

Benji Coetezee: Founder and CEO of EmptyTrips based in South Africa. The company uses smart technology to track online trip exchanges and link spare capacity on trucks, trains, planes, and ships to parties in need of transportation services.

Josephine Marie Godwyll: Founder of the Young At Heart GH from Ghana. They created a Teacher App, Ananse, which uses local folklore to engage young children in Ghana in a manner that sparks their interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.

Brenda Katwesigye: Founder of WaziVision from Uganda. The WaziVision app is geared towards bringing eye care closer to the people and providing better and affordable optician services to school going children aged between 16 and 18 years old.

Temie Giwa-Tubosun: Founder of LifeBank from Nigeria. The LifeBank is an app that works as an intuitive blood donor database and inspires people to come forward and donate blood to save lives. Medical practitioners can also use the app to source for the best blood match and blood products needed by their patients.

We wanted to identify five women entrepreneurs who could really represent the depth of high impact innovation talent that exists on the African continent, and who could showcase the best of Africa to leading decision-makers and influencers in Germany,” said Melanie Hawken, the founder, and CEO of Lionesses of Africa.

These five women have all developed game-changing digital solutions to key challenges that exist not only in Africa but elsewhere in the world. This important platform in Berlin provides each of these women with the opportunity to showcase their innovative work and their businesses in an important global marketplace.”

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