Approximately, 7 out of 10 successful people have stories of being mentored by someone whom they admired, someone whose experience helped forge their lives.
Unfortunately, the idea or notion of effective mentoring is not a widely understood phenomenon in Africa. Irrespective of the numerous socio-economic challenges we face, a very key solution that is often neglected lies in the power of mentoring, coaching and sponsoring.
Sidi Saccoh (Founder) and his partners and co-founders (Dr Alfred Mbeteh, Hamid G Marah, Rugiatu Parkinson and Patrick Grahouan) have set out to bring access to some of the world’s foremost celebrated professionals, entrepreneurs and executives (most of whom are internationally recognized and members of global institutions) whose desire to mentor the next generation of African leaders are rarely matched through their digital solution- Mentor X-Africa.
The platform was recently set up platform but is currently growing at an astronomical rate with presence in about 24 countries across the world (with the African continent making up of the majority)they hope to bring some of the finest leaders (experienced, knowledgeable, skilled, empathetic, etc) with a keen and genuine interest in the rapid development of the continent’s most valuable resources (its human capital) to the platform where they could be easily accessed by mentees (From the African community).
Since inception, Mentor X-Africa has attracted interests from numerous organizations and global mentors. Recently, they partnered with the Hacking Covid-19 team in their Hackathon, an initiative that was supported by HEC Paris (one of the most prestigious Universities in Europe).
Unlike many top mentoring and coaching opportunities across the world, the mentoring programs at Mentor X-Africa is absolutely free and come at no cost to mentees and it is rid of all forms of structural barriers.
The mentors listed on the platform are categorized in five key areas; Leadership, Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Tech, Investment and Academia.
Whatever you are looking for in a mentor, the mentors at Mentor X-Africa can in fact help you. With the new an exciting platform the Mentor X-Africa team, mentees like mentors and organizations can have the opportunity to network, collaborate on projects and increase the true value of mentorship.
Do not miss the new cohort of mentees.
Application opens on the 1st August- 31st August 2020
Register to be a mentor/mentee on their platform
Endeavor Nigeria Appoints Ireayomide Oladunjoye as its New Managing Director & CEO
Endeavor, the global entrepreneurship network, has announced that its Nigeria Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Ireayomide Oladunjoye as Managing Director & CEO of Endeavor Nigeria, effective 6 February 2023. Ireayomide takes over from Tosin Faniro-Dada, who has led the organization’s operations for two years.
“Leading the Endeavor Nigeria team for the past two years has been one the most incredible journeys of personal and professional growth, and it’s all thanks to Linda Rottenberg’s 25-year vision of transforming economies, one entrepreneur at a time. I’m delighted that I had the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful team that supports 33 high-impact entrepreneurs leading 16 high-growth companies. I’m happy to hand the wheel to Ireayomide Oladunjoye, who is impact-driven and committed to the future of high-impact entrepreneurship in Nigeria. I’m grateful to the Board of Endeavor Nigeria, under the leadership of Atedo N.A. Peterside (CON), for their support and look forward to Endeavor Nigeria’s continued success,” said outgoing Managing Director & CEO Tosin Faniro-Dada.
Before joining Endeavor, Ireayomide was Head, Startups at Lagos Innovates. She was responsible for developing and implementing Government-led programs to support an enabling environment for Tech Startups and Innovation Driven Enterprises to thrive in Lagos State.
“I’m excited to join the Endeavor Nigeria network as Managing Director and CEO. I have been a huge fan of Endeavor’s mission and team for many years; hopefully, together with the Endeavor team, mentors and supporters, we can help uncover the next group of Nigerian unicorns, outliers, multipliers, and high-impact Endeavor Entrepreneurs! I’m looking forward to building on Endeavor’s great platform, selecting more high-growth companies, supporting existing Endeavor Entrepreneurs and the next generation of founders and innovators,” said incoming Managing Director & CEO Ireayomide Oladunjoye.
“We are delighted to welcome Ireayomide as Managing Director. We believe her perspective and expertise will add immense value to Endeavor and the high-impact entrepreneurs we support as we continue to scale as an organization,” said Endeavor Nigeria Board Chairman Atedo N.A. Peterside (CON).
Ghana Fintech Awards 2022: DPO Pay Fintech Discovery of the Year
Leading African digital payments company DPO Pay wins the Fintech Discovery of the year award in the 2022 Ghana Fintech awards. As an initiative of Arkel Limited – a Fintech research and management consulting firm – that is supported by the Ghana Fintech and Payments Association, the awards acknowledge the fintech products and services, technologies, fintech firms and dynamic doers in the fintech ecosystem.
DPO Pay’s Country Manager of Ghana, Frank Anwelle, said: “We are very proud and humbled to receive the Fintech Discovery of the Year Award. Our Team at DPO Pay extends their appreciation to the Ghana Fintech & Payments Association for recognising the hard work and commitment we hold to growing African businesses on a local and global scale. Our innovative approach to simplifying payment processing across Africa continues to drive the core objective of DPO Pay as a merchant-focused solution.”
The award judged international fintech companies operating in the Ghanaian Fintech space on providing best-in-class infrastructure for the deployment of fintech solutions and the ease of integration with third parties to offer financial and non-financial services. The Fintech Discovery of the Year Award recognizes international fintech companies, working within the local Ghanaian ecosystem to provide multiple choices to the industry and clients, ranging from payments infrastructure, credit and debit cards, mobile money, merchant acquisitions, and other payment methods, leading to an integrated financial sector.
Throughout 2022, DPO focused on bringing payment solutions closer to local businesses in Ghana. As part of its efforts, the company has partnered with Mastercard to enable thousands of businesses in Ghana to offer their customers greater choice and convenience by pivoting online and accepting digital payments. It has enabled enable merchants to safely, seamlessly and securely accept a wide range of digital payment methods including mobile money and via e-wallets – both locally and from abroad – in the currency of their choice.
In addition, at the end of 2022 DPO released a new version of their payments app, DPO Pay Mobile. With several new features, DPO listened to merchant feedback to redesign and redevelop DumaPay. The app, previously DumaPay, now offers a variety of new features to allow for easier, more convenient transactions no matter where in Africa their businesses are. The new mobile payments application allows businesses to securely transact in multiple currencies across Africa.
Founded in 2006, DPO has developed integrated payments technology to support businesses of all sizes in over 20 countries and accepts payments securely and swiftly in all currencies and through many payment methods, including virtual cards, mobile money, and e-wallets.
Heifer International Selects ThriveAgric, DigiCow and Brastorne as Winners of the 2022 AYuTe Africa Challenge
Heifer International announced today the 2022 winners of the AYuTe Africa Challenge that supports agritech innovators: ThriveAgric of Nigeria, Kenya’s DigicCow and Botwana-based Brastorne Enterprises. ThriveAgric is a fast-growing start-up boosting farmer incomes and production with its breakthrough “agriculture operating system.” DigiCow is an agritech firm using digital tools to modernize production on small-scale dairy farms, while the digital technology for feature phones developed by Brastorne Enterprises is narrowing Africa’s rural digital divide.
“At a time when Africa is facing unprecedented food-related challenges, it is incredibly inspiring to see these young African champions firmly focused on an agriculture-led future that provides farmers with the innovations they need to succeed,” said Adesuwa Ifedi, senior vice president of Africa Programs, Heifer International. “We launched this competition in 2021, challenging African youths to bring us innovations poised to provide the positive disruption our farmers urgently need. ThriveAgric, DigiCow and Brastorne are more than ready to meet the moment,” she noted.
As winners of the 2022 AYuTe Africa Challenge, the three companies will receive a sizeable monetary investment: a total of USD 1.5 million in grants, along with ongoing support from a team of expert advisers accomplished business veterans to help them translate their funding into an aggressive expansion strategy. This is part of Heifer International’s commitment to support young entrepreneurs developing affordable tech innovations as they work to scale their businesses. Doing so makes new services and technologies available to African farmers to overcome long-standing challenges while attracting a new generation to unlock the huge potential of agriculture on the continent.
All three of the 2022 winners are helping African farmers by providing a novel solution to everyday obstacles:
ThriveAgric addresses a key challenge for small-scale farmers in Africa—a lack of access to finance, technical advice, business skills and market opportunities. It does so by using a proprietary Agriculture Operating System to help a team of 2,000 field agents support some 500,000 farmers across 22 Nigerian states with insights to improve their production and profits.
“We’ve developed the technologies, strategies and partnerships we believe can build the largest network of productive, profitable farmers Africa has ever seen,” said Uka Eje, Thrive Agric’s co-founder and CEO. “ThriveAgric’s 500,000 farmers are already producing and earning much more than the average Nigerian farmer. Investors are responding to our potential and this prestigious award from Heifer International will accelerate our plans to expand across the continent.”
DigiCow is helping small-scale African dairy operations increase productivity with technology that provides free access to livestock management experts and links farmers to skilled and qualified veterinarians, artificial insemination providers and feed supply services—all from their mobile phones.
“I grew up watching my mom struggle to get our cows to produce enough milk, and I’ve spent 15 years working with small-scale dairy farmers, so I know the challenges farmers face,” said Peninah Wanja, co-founder of Nairobi-based DigiCow. “That’s why it’s been so exciting to see 60,000 farmers—many of them women—now using our DigiCow apps to become more profitable and productive. With this new support from Heifer International, I’m confident we can expand our reach to help small-scale dairy farmers across the continent.”
Brastorne‘s apps, such as mAgri, give farmers access to farming information, markets and short-term finance using the capabilities of any feature phone, such as SMS and interactive voice technology. The Brastorne mobile service Mpotsa (“Ask me”) provides rural unconnected mobile users with localized information, and Vuka harnesses USSD technology to allow users on any phone to create profiles, add friends, create chat groups, and more. These technologies have helped farmers realize a 250% increase in yields and achieve 85% savings in communication and information access. The company also boasts 100% youth employment.
“About 80% of Africans cannot afford smartphones or expensive data — but they do have feature phones, and Brastorne is ensuring those phones connect farmers, youth and women to the resources they need,” said Martin Stimela, co-founder and CEO of Brastorne. “We look forward to working with Heifer International to connect the rural poor with equitable access to markets, information and community.”
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