April is Mentorship month at Startup Grind. And though we planned this theme at the beginning of the year, it feels eerily relevant to everything going on in our world today. Mentors are usually seen as pinnacles of wisdom and nurturing. But anyone who's ever had a mentor knows they aren’t just there to cheer you on during the good times. They show up to encourage you during the down times, too. They push you past your comfort zone and help you face things you’d rather not face. And if there’s ever a time to appreciate that type of support, it’s now.
Over the next 31 days our Startup Grind events will be tackling topics related to mentorship and what mentorship means in our personal lives and to our work. How do we find mentors? What can we learn from our mentees? Etc. And because times like these call for creative ways to connect, we're trying something new.
All mentorship events during the month will be #SGvirtual and open to the public.
Join us this month over Zoom as we host female Venture Capitalist Lelemba Phiri. Lelemba Phiri is the Founder and Principal of the Africa Trust Group (ATG), the fund manager behind the ZAR100m Enygma Ventures fund, that is focused on investing in early stage women-owned businesses in SADC. ATG takes a holistic approach to investing by investing in both the woman entrepreneur and the enterprise.
Africa Trust Group
Lelemba Phiri is an award-winning educator, writer, keynote speaker and gender-lens angel investor. She is the Principal at Africa Trust Group - the Southern Africa fund manager for the R100m US-based Enygma Ventures fund. Enygma Ventures is the first VC focused on investing in women entrepreneurs in Southern Africa (SADC). They take a holistic approach to invest in women by investing in both the woman entrepreneur and the enterprise; and facilitating their access to markets and critical business tools.
The Zambian born Angel investor is a wife and mother of two teenage boys. Her passion is with women leadership and entrepreneurship development in Africa and has committed her life’s work to advance equality and empowerment for women.
Lelemba is the Principal at Africa Trust Group - the Southern Africa fund manager for the R100m US-based Enygma Ventures fund. Enygma Ventures is the first VC focused on investing in women entrepreneurs in Southern Africa (SADC). They take a holistic approach to invest in women by investing in both the woman entrepreneur and the enterprise; and facilitating their access to markets and critical business tools.
Prior to her entrepreneurial journey, Lelemba has worked 15 years with various organizations across various African & Sub-Saharan countries. Her work experience includes heading key functions such as marketing, training and development and finance in multi-nationals. She has also provided leadership and personal development training at various organizations including lecturing and keynotes at Universities such as University of Cape Town, University of Cambridge, Oxford University, Rhodes University, University of Zambia and University of the Free State.
Lelemba holds a Masters Degree in Development Finance with distinction from the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business. She is a UK Certified Chartered Accountant (FCCA) and also holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Accounting (Hon) from the Oxford Brookes University (UK). She has also received extensive personal and business development training from various world-renowned experts such as Dr John Demartini, Roger Hamilton and Robert Kiyosaki including training on organizational effectiveness and staff development experts from Vital Smarts.
Some other achievements:
- Awarded Top 5 most influential marketers in the world by World Marketing Congress
- Named one of 50 change-makers advancing gender equality in South Africa by Treeshake in 2018.
- She is a 2016 Cordes Fellow
- Named as one of African’s most influential women in business and government in 2014 by CEO Magazine.
- Received a Zambian Woman of the Year Award.
- Awarded the Rising Star Award for 2010 at the Mwape Peer Awards in Washington DC
I Know a Guy
Apart from being a publicist, Magazine contributor, and Blogger, Mbali is the architect of one of the most active groups on Facebook with an ecosystem of over 100k individuals engaging to source assistance and make recommendations for products and services. Her platform, I know A guy positioned Mbali as an influencer in and is now a Regional Community leader for Facebook. She is an Experienced Founder with a demonstrated history of working in the media production industry. She is Skilled in Digital Strategy, Budgeting, Communications Management, Hospitality Industry, and Sales Management. Strong entrepreneurship professional with a passion for creative arts and project management.