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“The more you learn, the more you earn.” Future Females is facilitating the growth of entrepreneurs globally, by hosting a ​ FREE virtual 2-day ‘Own Your Income’ summit ​ on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd April, with experts from all around the world sharing their knowledge and expertise about how to build your business to be in control of your income.

In a study conducted within the ​Future Females​ community at the end of last year, it was found that 68% of entrepreneurs have designed their business as a means to help them achieve financial freedom. Being in control of your income and financial wellness is a key component of empowerment, and empowerment plays a very critical role in the development of society. As Kofi Annan says, “there is no better tool for development than the empowerment of women”. The Future Females mission is to empower and facilitate the entrepreneurs in their community, by increasing the number and success of female entrepreneurs, globally.

The world is in a period of change, and it is times such as this that demonstrate the importance of adaptability, flexibility, and creativity when building a business. Future Females have created the upcoming summit​ #OwnYourIncome​, as an opportunity for thousands of entrepreneurs to learn from the best. There will be 10 global experts lined up to share their tips and insights about how to pivot, stay relevant, adapt where necessary, recover from setbacks, and, most importantly, design your business to give you control over your own income, allowing you to achieve financial freedom, even in times of crisis.

Also Read: Women in Tech: Interview With Ellen Fischat, Founder Story Room and Inspiring Fifty SA Ambassador

The Summit

The summit will run over the course of 2 days, Tuesday 21st April and Wednesday 22nd. During these two days interviews, masterclasses, teaching sessions, live Q&A’s and bonus content from our experts will be released online and into the private ​Facebook Group​. The summit is free to attend and all content will be accessed virtually.

The summit aims to offer 

– Access to some of the leading experts (nationally and) globally

– Free resources to African as well as international entrepreneurs alike

– Half of our speakers come from an African context (with businesses mainly in South Africa)

– The summit is easily accessible over your phone, we will share video and audio files to comply WITH any wifi data set up

– The representation of female experts and speakers is being facilitated

– The summit acts as a big forum for entrepreneurs to connect and share ideas and solutions, the discussion, live interviews and Q&As will give attendees the chance to actively participate.

The Experts

  • Lelemba Phiri​, ​Principal and Gender-lens Angel Investor at ​Africa Trust Group.
  • Jonathan Kalan​, co-founder & CEO of ​Unsettled.
  • Sam Beckbessinger​, author of ​How To Manage Your Money Like A F*cking Grownup​.
  • Adam Duxbury​, co-founder of ​Granadilla​ and Chief of Staff at ​Yoco.
  • Eitan Stern​, Director and Lawyer at ​Legalese.
  • Kerstin Bock​, co-founder & CEO of ​Openers​, organiser ​Tech Open Air
  • Sara Kolata​, Architect, co-founder & Creative Director of ​KRAFT Digital.
  • David Noel​, co-founder & podcast co-host of ​Role Models podcast.
  • Lauren Dallas​, co-founder & CEO of ​Future Females.

Plus more to be released over the next week.

The Outcome

A community of entrepreneurs, connected together, learning about how they can survive, adapt and be ready for the future. This is the start of future-proofing your business.

“​For us, our goal is to provide thousands of women around the world with the opportunity to learn from those who have gone before. We have built strong, collaborative partnerships with each of our experts, and we know just how beneficial their teachings and insights will be for our community. We are so excited to host this summit, and we are choosing to focus on the positives we can draw out of this current global crisis, rather than let the negatives hold us back. This is our chance, as entrepreneurs, to shape the future – and we can’t wait for what’s to come.” – Lauren Dallas, co-founder of Future Females.

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Access Bank Partners ScaleUp Africa To Boost Women’s Empowerment with the Pan-African Women’s Conference

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On Wednesday, 21st April, Access Bank and ScaleUp Africa will present the Pan-African Women’s Conference under the theme, Choose to Challenge. The virtual conference is part of a strategic partnership to boost the economic contribution and resources available to women in business and professional careers. The program will also mark 6 years of Access Bank’s “W”, the multiple award-winning initiative for women that has seen many beneficiaries inspired and connected.

‘We kick off our partnership with Access Bank with the Pan-African Women’s Conference to celebrate women in business across Africa and to open up new products and services to a broader audience beyond Ghana. We are truly committed to further support Access Bank to drive its W Initiative, Gender, Innovation and Entrepreneurship strategy, bringing our core capabilities of digital engagement, holistic programme design and implementation,” shares Amma Gyampo, CEO of ScaleUp Africa and a Strategic Advisor to corporations, foundations and governments.

The Pan-African Women’s Conference will feature leaders in finance, business growth strategy and organizational development opportunities from across the continent including Elsie Addo-Awadzie, 2nd Deputy Governor, BoG, Matilda Asante-Asiedu, Group Head, Retail Banking, Access Bank, Yofi Grant, Chief Executive Officer, GIPC and Franklin Owusu-Karikari, Director, Business Support & Policy, NEI.

Conference Discussion Topics will cover:

  1. Pushing the boundaries and thriving in the entrepreneurship journey.
  2.  Strengthening the capacity of women owned businesses to boost growth
  3.  Maximizing opportunities using the free trade agreement in Ghana and across the continent.
  4.  Business Growth: Surviving Covid-19 and beyond

Other featured speakers include:

Irene Ochem – (Nigeria) – Founder and chief executive officer of Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum

Fatima Alimohamed – (Ghana) – CEO of African Brand Warrior

Chilufya Mutale – (Zambia)- Founder and CEO of Premier Credit

Justina Mutale – (Zambia) – Founder & President of the Justina Mutale Foundation and its Scholarship 

Thelma Ekiyor (Nigeria) – Managing Partner, SME.NG

Women play a critical role in the entrepreneurship world, providing essential human care and food-related services and as such we must be intentional about mainstreaming impact, gender equality, upskilling and decent work for women as we embark upon development in this post-Covid world. The Pan African Women’s Conference is an ideal opportunity for women aspiring to get to the apex of their careers, grow their businesses and gain nuggets for personal development,” adds Gymapo.

The Pan African Women’s Conference will begin at 11:00am GMT on 21st April, 2021.

To register visit: Pan-African Women’s Conference 

Virtual conference details will be provided upon registration.

 

 

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Cairo-Based Grocery Delivery Startup, Appetito Raises $450k Seed Investment

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Appetito truck and press release (Source: Shehab Mohamed) 

Appetito, a Cairo-based grocery startup, has announced a raise of $450k seed round of financing. The Startup operates through dark stores model, where products are sourced from manufacturers, stored in mini fulfilment centres then delivered to household customers. Established in March 2020, the company started with a wide range of private label products serving all areas of Cairo, Giza, and Alexandria with next day & pre-scheduled deliveries.

Recently, the company expanded its product portfolio to include more than 1000 SKUs from well-known consumer brands and entered the hyper convenience race by offering its customers less than 60-minute delivery in selected areas.

The round was raised by a group of Saudi Angel investors led by Ahmed Al Alola, an early-stage investor who was one of the early backers of Nana and Sary, alongside with Afropreneurs Fund, an African early-stage technology fund that has previously backed top startups such as Andela, Flutterwave and Trella, in addition to the participation of Jedar Capital an emerging VC focusing on early stage start-ups in the Middle East, Africa & Emerging Asia.

Speaking on the raise, Appetito Founder and CEO Shehab Mokhtar says: “We’re proud of what we have achieved in just a few months from our launch. We’re privileged to have such prominent investors backing us. With their support and the team, we’re building, I’m confident we will be in a leading position in the global race of grocery delivery.”.

Ahmed Al Alola commented on the round “Observing the radical change in consumer’s behaviour post-COVID-19, the grocery delivery market is expanding rapidly in the region. I believe Appetito – with its stellar team – is well positioned to lead that segment and capture the market by delivering superior experience compared to what is currently available in most of the African space.

On his part, Idris Bello, Managing Partner, Afropreneurs Fund said ” Our investment into Appetito’s seed round follows on our proven thesis of investing in strong founders with unique local insights and a bias towards execution. We are excited by what Shehab and his team have achieved so far, and we are very bullish on the Egyptian early-stage ecosystem.”

Sherif Nessim, Founder and Managing Director of Jedar Capital said “We are excited to be part of Appetito’s journey in Egypt and MENA region. We have been watching Appetito’s execution and the team’s growth focused approach with very limited resources early on, this was a clear message to us on how resilient and focused they are. Appetito is best suited for growth with the digital transformation happening in Egypt where online commerce growth is skyrocketing and saw a huge leap with covid, more and more customers now are adopting online grocery shopping as their standard now. We believe that Appetito’s model focusing on dark stores rather than aggregating from grocery retail stores will add value and differentiation in the market and play a pivotal role in terms of operational efficiency and gross margin contribution. We look forward to supporting them with their expansion and growth plans in Egypt and beyond.”.

 

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Flux Panda Brings Live Stream Shopping to MENA Region

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Flux Panda Founder, Alexander Rauser

In response to the restrictions caused by the pandemic, Flux Panda was created to encourage businesses in the Middle East and North African region to utilize live streaming platforms to sell their products. The App combines the functionalities of an eCommerce website and live streaming app. Merchants upload the products they want to sell during the live stream, connect Flux Panda to multiple social media platforms with live streaming like Facebook Live or Instagram Live, and their customers can buy the products by clicking the buy button and entering their payment details.

“Our goal is to make the selling and buying process on live streams much easier and enable any business to own the experience. While many small and large businesses are already selling live on social networks, our solution fixes some key problems such as order management, real-time inventory, and customization capabilities. You could say we are similar to a platform like Shopify, but focused on live commerce.” says Alexander Rauser, Founder and CEO of Flux Panda.

The App offers a flexible pricing model to cater to small businesses, eCommerce companies, and even large retail brands. Currently, the Flux Panda partner network covers South East Asia, Central America, Africa and the Middle East with further expansion plans in 2021.

According to research by Coresight, live selling generated $60 billion in global sales in 2019 and expectedly doubled in 2020 to $129 billion. Live selling has been popular in Asia for many years, even before the pandemic hit. The largest western fashion brands like Burberry and Louis Vuitton have already tried live stream eCommerce through China’s biggest marketplaces like Tmall and Little Red Book.

About Flux Panda

Flux Panda is a live selling solution established in 2020. It combines the functionalities of a multi-platform live streaming tool and an eCommerce website so viewers can view the details, add to cart, and pay for the items being demonstrated. It is the only solution where merchants can sign up and go live without any assistance or setup fees. It can be used by merchants with or without their own eCommerce site.

 

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