The 25 finalists for the third iteration of The Future is Female Mentorship Program, the first PR and communications mentorship program specifically for African female startup innovators, have been revealed.
In comparison to the applications submitted in the 2021 edition, the program received 343 applications from 36 different African nations in this edition, a 91% increase. The first edition was released by C. Moore Media on Africa Day in 2020.
The 2022 program’s finalists hail from a variety of African nations. The finalist candidates are:
? Vanessa Christian, co-founder of Propslot, a Nigerian prop-tech startup that provides access to real estate properties.
? Fatoye Omowunmi, co-founder of I-Healthify, a Nigerian online marketplace for healthcare.
? Linet Kinyua, co-founder of Pensoft System Limited, a Kenyan IT services and management company.
? Mercy Angela Nantongo, founder of Simbi Mall, a Ugandan online marketplace.
? Tugume Agnes Brenda, founder of Esoptron Salon, a Ugandan online startup providing home-based salon services.
? Melissa Gondai, founder of Jotter, a Zimbabwean startup.
? Tlaleng Mokoma, founder of Mphalane.
? Retiana Phiri, the CEO and founder of Invenker Technologies, a Zambian startup that manufactures medical equipment and smart devices and develops medical software.
? Birba Delwende, founder of AI-King Group, an artificial intelligence startup from Burkina Faso.
? Vanessa Buhendwa, founder of Malisho.
During the selection process, businesses that offered answers for problems with sustainability, gender equity, finance, agriculture, and health were given additional consideration.
In order to give the chosen founders new perspectives, resources, and insights, C.Moore has teamed for the third edition with TechCabal and Africa Communications Week, a global forum for communications professionals with an emphasis on Africa.
As part of the collaboration, TechCabal will organize master courses that will teach the chosen finalists how to interact with the media. During two masterclasses hosted by TechCabal, the finalists will obtain knowledge on how to position their firms to catch the media’s attention, the value of partnerships, and growth tactics.
The chosen startups will have access to vast Pan-African and multi-market PR knowledge thanks to Africa Communications Week.
The mentees will take part in three months of mentorship sessions designed specifically for the needs of their particular companies after these masterclasses. Early-stage tech companies will get insight from the specialized training into the essentials of PR and communications, including creating a communications plan, corporate narrative, media relations, digital marketing, and more.