1. Can you give a brief summary of who you are and what you do?
My name is Aramide Abe and I am on a mission to influence private sector policies in Africa and to build the African startup ecosystem through my entrepreneur platform, Naija Startups – a virtual 80,000-member sector agnostic hub for small to medium sized businesses. Trained as a computer scientist, I have a 15-year background in technology, marketing and strategy having notably led the strategy implementation of a multi-million dollar project for a pan-African financial services organisation, across its 36 countries.
Aramide is a recipient of the Investing in Women UK ‘Wonder Woman Award’ for the ‘Woman in Tech’ category in 2019.
She also won the Social Media For Good Award in 2019 and is an honorary award recipient for business development by the Global Leadership Institute in Nigeria.
She was named one of the 100 most inspiring women in Nigeria in 2018 by Leading Ladies Africa and The Guardian.
She serves on the United Nations committee on private sector development for Africa on regional integration and trade and the digital economy.
She also consults on the committee on policy development for the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AFCFTA) country business index with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.
She sits on the Board of Trustees of the Redefine Africa foundation, a philanthropic organisation and serves on the advisory board of the InaTiDe Limited, a clean energy social enterprise.
2. What is your business about?
Naija Startups is a trademarked digital hub for small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) and an entrepreneur support organisation. Our vision is to stimulate socio-economic growth by raising successful entrepreneurs who build and manage sustainable businesses, thereby increasing job creation and reducing the rate of unemployment in Africa.
Naija Startups was created to showcase the evolving startup and small business landscape in a way that is truly representative of the wealth of innovation, talent and entrepreneurial expertise in Africa.
3. What does it mean to be an African woman in Business?
An African woman in business is a woman in business. Being African means there are unique peculiarities to our environment and industry as a whole, thus we needs to be creative, proactive and be able to see opportunities where there are challenges, and there are a lot of these.
4. How do you celebrate African women?
At Naija Startups, we ensure that we always curate the best opportunities to enable our female founders’ access to investors programmes, access to funding and even successfully fundraise. We also work with corporate organisations on special projects, to empower and upscale women entrepreneurs.
We also share stories of African women entrepreneurs on our platforms.
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