50% of revenue generated from ticket sales is donated to Girls for Development Goals Foundation.
A foundation focused on girl child education.
Our contribution as Startup Grind Asaba to giving Voice to the Girl Child.
June marks one of our favourite annual themed months at Startup Grind: #SGWomen's Month!
Although we celebrate women leaders all year round, during #SGWomen's Month we give special kudos to the amazing, incredible, intelligent (we could go on and on!) women who make the tech, investor, and startup landscape what they are today.
Supporting female entrepreneurs, has the potential to create jobs, increase incomes, lift thousands of households out of poverty, and lead to greater economic and social transformation. However, women tend to enter into entrepreneurship activities at a lower economic level than men, with female entrepreneurs operating informally and concentrated in low productivity sectors with limited potential for growth.
The narrative is changing as entrepreneurs like our speakers are making the efforts to provide the needed support.
Since the Narrative is changing, then someone is telling a story that People are actively paying attention to.
Beyond the conversation on gender divide in entrepreneurship, the powerful force of progress that entrepreneurship holds can only be unlocked as we look beyond the gender divide and nurture a sustainable external and internal business environment among other factors
It takes courage and grit and Vision!
Join us in this event as our speakers explore these issues and many more.
Rare Birds, LLC
Founder & CEO
Kitawa Wemo is the executive director of MAMA Ventures, am impact venture builder that works with early stage startups from idea to market.
She has actively worked with many incubators and accelerators and pioneered and supported the growth of communities for entrepreneurs in Kenya.
As a startup catalyst in the ecosystem for the over the past three years, Kitawa has worked with over 150 businesses, raising $100,000 in crowdfunding, grant, equity and debt financing.
As a venture builder, MAMA Ventures works with business founders to connect their vision to a competent team to generate revenue and attract investment for growth and profitability. Kitawa is a two time awardee for Women Economic Forum, a mentor at Pangea & Nailab accelerators, sits on the board of PACEMAKER International and a strategic advisor for various companies in agriculture and technology across the globe.
Jo-Ann is the Founder & CEO of Rare Birds, LLC. She was born and raised in St. Croix, Virgin Islands to parents from St. Kitts and Nevis. She is a global citizen, rooted firmly in her Caribbean identity. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from the American University in Washington, D.C. She obtained a Master of Science in Real Estate Investment from Cass Business School in London and a Master of Science in Management in Construction from Kingston University, also located in London.
Her professional and cultural experiences span countries and continents, having lived, worked and been educated in North America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. Prior to founding Rare Birds, LLC she worked for a decade in various roles in the corporate property and construction industry.
Outside of the corporate world Jo-Ann has worked as a freelance writer and as an independent consultant to social enterprises-focused on HIV/AIDS, African international development policy, food insecurity, Caribbean culture and the Arts-in the US and UK.
She is currently designing and delivering entrepreneurship curriculum for secondary schools, universities and various startup communities around the globe. To date, she has done so in the Caribbean, U.K., India, the Gambia and now, China.
She has acted as a mentor, advisor and champion to various global communities, some of which include the United Nations Women (UN Women) Empower Women community based in NYC, the Women’s Economic Forum based in India and StartUp Grind.
When she is not tinkering with Rare Birds, she spends her time meandering through ideas in tech, science, sustainability, entrepreneurship and futurism with a focus on the Global South.
Lola Yunus is the Founder of Impact Street, a training and development company that empowers African professionals and youths to thrive in their personal and professional life through coaching, training and mentoring.
Lola also consults and teaches the Impact Street in-house signature course, Purpose, Profit & Impact (“PPI”) framework to business owners interested in “doing well by doing good”. She helps her clients embed the PPI framework as a core business strategy.
As a creative, Lola loves writing and writes on her blog at www.lolayunus.com. Her writings aim to inspire African professionals to reflect on their life’s goals and take action to become the best version of themselves.
Lola is also a qualified Lawyer with 9 years plus experience. She started her career in Lagos before moving to London in 2012. In the last 7 years, she has worked for multinational companies in London as a corporate governance professional. She is mother to 8 year old daughter and a 6 year old son. She lives with her family in England.
Girls for Development Goals Foundation
Benedicta Chukwuyem Uweru-Apuamah is a Bachelor of Pharmacy Degree holder who is passionate about working the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). She was a ONE Champion (2017 & 2018) at ONE.org in Nigeria. She represented ONE in Nigeria & Africa at the ONEYouthSummit in Brussels where her presentation earned her a standing ovation from ONE CEO & President, Gayle Smith & other Youth Ambassadors across Europe. Her dream work place is the UN, she considers this a platform to impact her community better. She is the Founder, Girls for Development Goals Foundation [Formerly Girls Health & Education Foundation (GHeF)] where she enlightens girls on Sexual Reproductive Health (SRHR) utilizing the SDG templates especially SDGs 3, 4 & 5. Her projects include "A Love Letter to Myself" & "Advocacy Against Teenage Pregnancy" amongst others. She continues to impact lives by volunteering with other organizations such as the medical outreach (May 2018) with the Moses Lake Medical Team (from the US) in Kebbi State, Nigeria. She's a 2019 WYSE ILP Brazil Alumni being the only Nigerian Delegate at a training that gathered 26 participants across 16 countries of the world in Sao Paulo, Brazil (Jan 6th to 17th 2019). She was a Chairperson at the just concluded Tanzania International Model UN Conference 2019 and continues to develop herself. She is the Director on the board of Benny&Freddy, a Private Liability Company that produces Reusable Sanitary Pads & offers a variety of services.
She organized the Youth Voices Conference in commemoration of the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference in Kebbi State, August 28th, 2019. She also spoke at the Youth Empowerment and Development Conference in Abuja, Nigeria where she engaged young people on how to Access International Platforms. She is currently the only female Nigerian ambassador for the Young Political Leadership School Africa representing Nigeria at the 6th semester in Monrovia, Liberia, October 2019. She was the youngest speaker at the just concluded "Our Girls Our Pride" project organized by the Ministry of Women Affairs, Delta State. She is currently the Program Manager at JDPC Iseleuku, FASTER Project in Delta State.
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