Women’s Venture Xchange – Africa

Launched at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in July, the Xchange is a mentorship and exchange program for high-growth women entrepreneurs based in Africa. The pilot program gives four entrepreneurs the opportunity to spend two to four weeks in Nairobi, Kenya, beginning with Global Entrepreneurship Week on November 16, 2015. The Xchange is designed to help established women-owned businesses expand beyond the borders of their own countries. These entrepreneurs gain access to new regional markets, research and insights into best practices.

The program is being run in partnership with the Case Foundation, the Mara Foundation, and the U.S. Department of State.

Read the latest blog post about the program here and learn more about the selected participants below.

Entrepreneur Profiles and Blogs

Hyasintha Ntuyeko

Ntuyeko is founder and CEO of Kasole Secrets Co. Ltd., which manufactures and distributes sanitary napkins made out of bamboo. The company also informs children about menstrual hygiene and sexual education. Based out of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, the company currently provides sanitary napkins to 17 different regions in Tanzania and hopes to open a factory soon.

Hyasintha Ntuyeko’s Advice on Visual Thinking

A Better Platform to Exercise Independence

Hyasintha is Excited to Open Doors for Funding

Nobukhosi Ndlovu

Ndlovu is founder and managing director of Nutrie Foods. Nutrie Foods produces predominantly peanut butter products, as well as small grains and dried fish. The Harare, Zimbabwe-based company employs 30 people, and Nobukhosi hopes to compare best practices with fellow agriculture entrepreneurs while in Nairobi.

Nobukhosi Ndlovu Learns About Branding, Accounting

Ndlovu Talks About Customer Satisfaction, Food Processing

Mentorship Aids Entrepreneur with Business Plans

Linda Mukangoga

Mukangoga is the founder of Haute Baso, a clothing and accessories company based in Kigali, Rwanda. The company harnesses the creative talents of women across Rwanda to design and sell unique high-end fashion items. Haute Baso will have its ecommerce business running soon, and they are hoping to open new workshops Rwanda.

Linda Mukangoga Discusses Branding Strategies, Corporate Culture

Visit to Workshop, Retailer Helps Entrepreneurs Create Business Ideas

Annet Ayamba

Ayamba is founder and managing director of Your Choice Agro Processors based in Kampala, Uganda. Her company processes, packages and distributes soya millet, soya rice, karo, peanut butter and other food products. Products made by Your Choice Agro Processors are manufactured by a 3,000-woman co-op based in Eastern Uganda.

Annet Ayamba Discusses First Days in Nairobi

Ayamba Visits Agro Processing Factory

Xchange Information

The Global Entrepreneurship Network has been a part of the Women’s Venture Xchange-Africa from the beginning. Follow the journey of these four women from the time their applications were accepted, through their various experiences in Nairobi.

Women’s Venture Xchange-Africa Kicks Off With GEW

Four Women Entrepreneurs Selected for Women’s Venture Xchange-Africa Initiative