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The Future Females ‘Future of Digital Entrepreneurship’ Summit 2022



Future Females is hosting their biggest global summit yet, on Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd February 2022. The Future of Digital Entrepreneurship Summit for over 10,000 game-changing entrepreneurs from around the world. 

The 2-day online summit will dive into the digital trends and predictions for 2022. And how female entrepreneurs can leverage innovation to build and grow their businesses, with 9 international experts taking to the virtual stage.

The tech world is a male-dominated industry. In fact, less than one in five employees in the hi-tech industry are women, even though women make up more than 50% of the U.S. workforce. Shockingly, the percentage of women working in the tech industry was higher 30+ years ago than it is today. Today, Apple only has 23% female employees in their tech department, Google 21% and Microsoft only 20%. With 33% of today’s women in tech considering switching careers because of the men who are dominating the industry. This online summit will be a game-changing event for global female entrepreneurs wanting to access, learn about. And utilise the digital world in 2022. 

Hosted in partnership with the UK Government’s International Tech Hub Network and Payfast. Future Females will have 9 international experts and business owners. Taking the virtual stage to share their expert insights on a number of key areas including the future of finance, business innovation and community building. Plus, throughout the two days, there will be a number of tech tool tutorials with leading entrepreneurial tech programmes. As well as online connection sessions for entrepreneurs from around the world to meet and network with like-minded women.

Topics from big data, to the no code revolution, to the latest tech business tools. All with a focus on how entrepreneurs can leverage this technology. And create stronger, more sustainable businesses, will be discussed. 

The summit will cover 7 key themes

Innovation of Finance – Crypto.

Innovation of Content & Social – TikTok.

Innovation of Social & Trends – NFTS Metaverse.

Digital Community Building – The Platforms & The Trends.

Innovation in Business Development – Entrepreneurial Skills You Need in 2022.

Innovation in Tech – Platforms & Tools That Help You Scale.

Bootstrapping Your Business – Starting Without Investment.

Innovation in Online Offerings – Programmes For Entrepreneurs.

“Crypto, nfts, the whole metaverse space, there are a lot of new trends coming our way in 2022 and we want our community to feel prepared. More so we want them to benefit from these trends and leverage them for their business success”, says Future Females co-founder and CEO, Lauren Dallas.

“Our speakers will share their knowledge and valuable advice on the emerging trends. But also speak to specific tools and strategies that every female entrepreneur can easily apply”. adds Cerina Bezuidenhout, co-founder and COO at Future Females. “I am personally very curious to learn more about the nft space and how it can empower female creators and business owners globally.”

Countries across the globe will be represented by various extraordinary speakers. Leandie du Randt, presenter, motivational speaker and business owner from South Africa, will share her take on business skills women need for launching a product in 2022. While Kashvi Parekh, community manager at World of Women from India, will talk about how NFTs are changing the landscape for female creators.

The summit will not only include keynote talks by leading experts. But each day there will be online networking sessions for summit attendees to connect and tap into the international group community of powerhouse female entrepreneurs. Plus there will be daily ‘Ask-Us-Anything’ Q&A sessions where attendees will get the chance to ask any questions they might have.

Female entrepreneurs remain under-represented in emerging tech. And the deep-rooted perceptions about this fast-growing industry won’t change unless big organisations begin to change this.

“Innovative businesses in the tech industry are rapidly shaping the future of our society, and as such, they should be representative of the world we live in. The UK Government’s Digital Access Programme is proud to be supporting this global event which will elevate the voices of women at the forefront of a diverse range of fields. While equipping the next generation of female founders to be bold and confident in their digital entrepreneurship.” Jonny Martin, Programme Lead, International Tech Hub Network, Digital Access Programme.

This summit has been designed to help female entrepreneurs overcome this obstacle and take crucial, game-changing steps in their business. It looks to be an incredibly exciting opportunity for any entrepreneurs who are not certain what the future of tech looks like. Especially for women looking for guidance, tools and tips, as well as confidence to believe that the digital future is female.

The Speaker Line-up: 

Leandie du Randt, (SA), Presenter, motivational speaker & business owner.
Yossi Hasson (SA), Co-Founder and CEO at Metaversal.
Lauren Dallas (SA), Co-Founder and CEO at Future Females.

Kashvi Parekh, (IN), Community manager at World of Women.

Samantha Ogborn, (USA), Marketing expert & founder.

Lily Wu, (SG), Co-founder of WoWPixies NFT.  
Lavinia Osbourne (UK), Blockchain, Fintech & Welltech specialist.
Esther Akpovi (UK), Policymaker turned Venture Capitalist.
Dasha Kennedy (US), Founder of “The Black Broke Girl” & millenial financial coach.

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AWIEF Opens Registration for its 2023 Africa Conference



AWIEF 2022 Conference held in Cairo, Egypt (Image: Supplied)

The Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) has announced the opening of registration for its annual conference and awards. This year is the 9th edition of the prestigious AWIEF event, and it will be held at the Kigali Convention Centre (KCC), Kigali, Rwanda, on 9 and 10 November 2023.

AWIEF has become Africa’s leading entrepreneurship, innovation and technology platform, bringing together more than 1,300 entrepreneurs and startups, industry experts, thought leaders, policy drivers, and change-makers from across Government, Corporate and Development sectors for impactful discussions and dialogue on new ideas, initiatives, strategies, and solutions to drive innovation, entrepreneurship, digitization, intra-Africa trade, investing, food security, climate action and sustainability and, ultimately, economic and social transformation in Africa.

Last year’s speakers included H. E. Dr. Monique Nsanzabaganwa, Deputy Chairperson, African Union Commission, H. E. Dr. Rania A. Al-Mashat, Egypt’s Minister of International Cooperation, Solomon Quaynor, Vice President, Private Sector, Infrastructure & Industrialization, African Development Bank (AfDB), Jackie Jones, Director, Gender Equality Division, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Izabela Milewska, Digital Skills Global Leader, Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Sponsors included Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, AWS, Afreximbank, Sparkle, and Africa Europe Foundation. AWIEF 2023 will be a fully in-person event, coming back to its full glory since 2020 when COVID-19 pandemic forced the event to go virtual and hybrid.

AWIEF Founder and CEO, Irene Ochem, said: “We are excited to be bringing the 9th edition of our annual conference to East Africa for the first time and especially Kigali, one of the most exciting cities in Africa right now. We are looking forward to advancing our efforts in connecting the African and global entrepreneurship ecosystem in this significant hub for business, technology, and innovation.”

All AWIEF 2023 participants, attending the event from outside Rwanda, are eligible for a visa upon arrival without prior application. Citizens of African Union, Commonwealth and La Francophonie member countries can obtain free visas upon arrival for a visit of 30 days.

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Baron & Cabot launches a portal to support the expansion of local real estate agencies in Africa



Baron & Cabot Managing Director, Mark Pearson 

Baron and Cabot, a UK-based international real estate firm has launched a game-changing concept, a UK property portal that is offering a strategic expansion plan for real estate agencies in Africa. The innovative approach, is a first of its kind using AI technology to predict property prices and will allow real estate agents in Africa to sell properties, and earn in pounds, providing an unprecedented opportunity for growth and financial success.

Through this portal, real estate firms will get to de-risk their investments in international markets and gain access to a wide range of fully compliant properties. Baron & Cabot, with a reputation for being one of the top fastest-growing property companies in the world and transacting on around £100 million GBP per annum ($120 m) of UK property while having access to some of the best property developments in the UK, has been particularly successful in Africa due to inflation driving clients to move their money into GBP and Dollar to purchase assets.

“We are thrilled to be launching this innovative concept that will not only provide a platform for real estate agents in Africa to sell UK properties but will also create job opportunities and drive economic growth. We believe that by leveraging AI technology to predict property prices, we can provide our partners with a unique advantage and help them to achieve financial success. Our joint venture expansion plans are aimed at creating mutually beneficial partnerships that will bring value to all parties involved.”Mark Pearson, Managing Director of Baron & Cabot.

In addition to providing agents with access to new revenue streams, Baron and Cabot’s property portal is also expected to create new job opportunities in the African market. The company is committed to providing its agents with comprehensive 2 to 4 week training and support to help them succeed in their new roles. This training will ensure that agents are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to navigate the real estate market and take advantage of the opportunities that Baron and Cabot’s concept provides. Real estate will have the ability to reserve properties and Baron and Cabot will process the client through legal processes.

As part of its offering, Baron and Cabot will provide clients with mortgages anywhere in the world (excluding war zones), with mortgage rates lower than 6% and deposits below 35%, making it easier for clients to invest in UK properties.

Mark Pearson, Managing Director of Baron & Cabot, said, “Our management company boasts an impressive occupancy rate of over 99%, with properties awaiting new tenants for an average of only 10 days. This sets us apart from other cities around the world, where the average occupancy rate is only 70%. In addition, our AirBnb or short-term rental products have an average occupancy rate of over 70%, resulting in substantial rental returns and a secure investment. Our secret to success lies in our ability to identify high-demand areas with low supply, combined with exceptional management that keeps both our tenants and landlords satisfied.”

Baron and Cabot utilizes advanced machine learning and data processing to analyze millions of lines of data to identify the best investment locations and pockets of value for clients. With access to information such as the square footage of every property in England and every sold price of every residential property in the UK since 1997, along with economic forecasts, government investment plans, and knowledge of upcoming transport links for the next 5 years, Baron and Cabot is ahead of the curve when it comes to investments. This allows investors to benefit not only from the firm’s purchasing power and large discounts, but also from massive rental growth and capital growth.

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Autochek appoints Robert Granados to its board of directors to support growth



Autochek, the automotive technology company making car ownership more accessible and affordable across Africa, has appointed US automotive industry leader and veteran, Robert Granados to its board of directors to support its ongoing growth and expansion.

Robert has over two decades of global experience in leading and growing technology companies focused on providing solutions for the automotive industry value chain. He is currently CEO of CloudOne, a marketing company that helps auto dealers find and engage customers. He was Senior Vice President and General Manager at DealerTrack Technologies, where he led various units, including the finance and lender networks, inventory management and transportation, CRM, and independent dealer websites.  Post the acquisition of DealerTrack Technologies by Cox Automotive Inc., the global leader in providing automotive solutions, he served as Senior Vice President, Strategy, at Cox Automotive, where he performed assessments of new growth opportunities, expansion of current business offerings, and effectiveness of current products and services.

He served as Operating Partner at SNH Capital Partners, where he was CEO of the Automotive Portfolio which comprised of National Credit Center, the leading provider of comprehensive data, software and marketing solutions to US dealerships and ProMax, the leading software provider to retail automotive dealers, offering award winning CRM, desking, website, credit, and lead generation solutions. He was also CEO of MAX Digital, a leading automotive inventory management and merchandising platform, supporting the company through a successful exit in 2021. 

He will bring this vast experience to Autochek, supporting the integration of the Pan-African automotive industry to drive shared value for consumers, manufacturers, financial institutions and other stakeholders.

Autochek provides best in class technology and advisory solutions to car dealers, financial institutions and other stakeholders in Africa’s automotive ecosystem, supporting them to improve credit decisions, collections, pricing, portfolio management and product development, as well as deliver an enhanced customer experience.

Since launching in 2020, Autochek has driven the penetration of auto-financing across Africa, enabling more consumers and businesses across North, West, East and South Africa to access financing solutions to purchase their desired vehicles. In less than two years of operations, the company has worked with more than 70 financial institutions and more than 2,000 dealerships to process more than 80,000 car loan applications. Leveraging the vast reach of its online marketplace, the company originates auto loans powered by data analytics that makes it easier for financial institutions to offer credit to consumers. 


Etop Ikpe, CEO of The Autochek Group, said, “We are excited to have someone of Robert’s calibre on our board with his vast experience from the most advanced automotive markets in the world. He has played a major role in building many successful automotive technology companies and we are looking forward to leveraging his experience to support our continued growth as a company.”

Robert Granados said, “There is a great opportunity to transform lives and livelihoods across Africa by making car ownership more accessible and affordable, and I am thrilled to be supporting Etop and the team to make this happen. Autochek has achieved so much success in a short period of time and I believe there is so much more to come.”

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