She Leads Africa Launches African Women’s Innovation Exchange To China

Intel She Leads Africa Nairobi Event at 88MPH JUUCHINI 2
Intel She Leads Africa Nairobi Event at 88MPH JUUCHINI 2
Intel She Leads Africa Nairobi Event at 88MPH

Applications are now open for the prestigious week-long innovation tour to Shenzhen and Shanghai, China for top young women building technology companies across Africa.

This coming August, a select group of Africa’s most promising young female technology entrepreneurs will have the unique opportunity to participate on an innovation exchange to China.

This opportunity has come up as a result of a partnership between She Leads Africa and Huawei, the Huawei ­She Leads Africa Fellowship, which seeks to provide female tech entrepreneurs from across Africa with the opportunity to visit China to receive a behind-the-scenes experience at the technology giant, network with peer entrepreneurs and develop relationships with  investors and companies interested in doing business in Africa.

The week-long program will begin in Shenzhen, China where entrepreneurs will visit Huawei Headquarters, touring the expansive complex, meeting with business leaders and interacting with the company’s latest technologies.

The visit will take the entrepreneurs through the inspirational growth story of the technology giant from phone switch manufacturer in 1987 to multinational networking, telecoms equipment, and services company with over 140,000 employees and revenues of over 40 Billion USD and operations across the globe.  

Huawei has nearly 46% of its employees working in Research & Development and its long standing commitment to innovation and  research, the selected female entrepreneurs will be flown to Shanghai, China to visit the company’s  world class research and development center.

The chosen female entrepreneurs will also meet with some of China’s best and brightest young entrepreneurs and visit technology incubators and design factories leading the way in innovation.  

“We are extremely pleased to partner with Huawei to provide African female tech entrepreneurs the  opportunity to learn what it takes to become to build a global company and develop the connections  and relationships it takes to make that happen,” says She Leads Africa co­-founder Yasmin Belo­Osagie.

The fellowship is the 2nd collaboration between She Leads Africa and Huawei after Huawei was one of the flagship sponsors for She Leads Africa’s Entrepreneur Showcase held in September 2014.

Applications have just now opened and will close on April 30th 2015 and eligible applicants (women aged between the ages of 18 & ­40 who’re building a technology business focused on Africa) are encouraged to apply.

Applications can be accessed here and they close on 30th April 2015.

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