Connect with Nigeria's SME Women (#57-71)

Nigeria couldn't be more proud. Meet some more of its lady-owned SMEs. Numbers 57-71, on a list of 100 compiled by Bank & Entrepreneur Africa magazine Top Row (L-R) 1- Aisha Bello Tukur (Founder) ORBUS Global Solutions Social Enterprise, focused on: eliminating hunger, promoting good health, providing quality education, clean water and sanitation for those most in need. | 2- Oluwatomilola Anjoorin Miel Creationz.(Oyo State) Baking sumptuous delicacies, planning royalty-like events | 3- Roselyn Onalaja StreSERT Services Limited Human Resource Services/Consultancy | roselyno@stresert

Connect with Nigeria's SME Women (#42-56)

Featuring Ladies #42-56 on Bank & Entrepreneur Africa magazine's list of 100 lady-owned SMEs in Nigeria: Top Row (L-R) 1- Abimbola Alawode Rhabe Ventures Limited AgroProcessing – Rhabe Quik Egusi, Quick Beans Flour, Rho Ogbono, Rhabe Ally Crayfish | 2- Elizabeth Nwaizu YesChilli Ventures Convenience foods: Pepper and ginger sauces in oil | 3- Fatima Togbe Hayati Magazine Media & Publishing: Hayati is an online lifestyle and fashion magazine for modern Muslim women. | 4- Monalisa Abimbola Azeh Mona Matthews Ventures Design and production of high quality leather shoes and bags for

He makes backpacks from ice-cream sticks!

Sphiwe Jele played with ice cream sticks one evening at his home in Philippi – a township in Cape Town – and was surprised at the interesting pattern they formed. “I thought: ‘Oh, I can make a bag'”. That night he couldn’t sleep from excitement. The next morning, Jele started gathering ice cream sticks at bus terminuses and taxi ranks from Sea Point to Mitchell’s Plain. Soon, children ran to him with their ice cream sticks or collected them and placed them next to his gate. Cafes stored them for him in bags. “You need to go crazy for what you love,” he said. Backpacks made from ice cream sticks marked the start of his wooden bag business in 2014. He named it Panashe Design – panashe mean

Chika's Snacks: How one woman's startup bagged £800,000 after ditching Dragons' Den

In the two years since Chika Russell turned down £30,000 from Peter Jones on Dragons' Den (the BBC’s show for budding entrepreneurs), she has secured £800,000 in funding from eight investors, and her product, Chika’s Snacks has been snapped up by UK stockists including Waitrose, Whole Foods and, starting in October, Sainsbury’s. Next, the entrepreneur wants to use some of the profits from her luxury nuts to sponsor children through school in Nigeria. Says Ms. Russell: “The fundamental reason is to give back to the communities where the inspiration for the snacks comes from,” She devised a plan to sell to individuals the same way that she sells to hotels and businesses: in large quantities. F

Connect with Nigeria's SME Women (#13-27)

Bank & Entrepreneur Africa's SME Women 100. More amazing female business owners in Nigeria to connect with, across various business segments.... Top Row (L-R) 1- Funmi Suleman & Tokunbo Oluwunmi ZeeEight12 Nigeria Limited Manufacturing of natural (organic) hair and body care products | | 2- Idorenyin Eme Ugwuegbu Sahara Sunrise Ltd. Handcrafted soaps, gels, lotions, shampoos an oils | 3- Ibilola Amao (Ph. D) Lonadek Consulting Career counselling, industry awareness, youth empowerment and supplier development services for high-techno

Connect with Nigeria's SME Women (#6-12)

Introducing more ladies from Bank & Entrepreneur Africa magazine's list of 100 female-owned businesses in Nigeria. 1- Zainab Ashadu Zainab Ashadu (Abuja) Elegant, glamorous, hand-made in Nigeria leather Bags and goods Instagram: @zashadu Website: E ail: 2- Ifeoma Ezechukwu Kitchen Pastries (Abuja) Cake artist (Enugu)Instagram: @kitchenpastries +234 706 137 1437 3- Icheni Eneji Khawaja Chens House of Wings The tastiest chicken wings in Nigeria! Instagram: @chens_wings | Facebook: Chen’s Wings +234 809 490 8888 4- Izobe Spiff Très Bien Events International event management consultancy, teeming with exception

Connect with Nigeria's SME Women (#1-5)

The #SMEWomen100 issue of Bank & Entrepreneur Africa has been the most popular by far. So, we're going to feature the ladies again, over the next few weeks, and share their details - so that anyone, anywhere in the world can make contact. Nigeria's got talent. Here are the first five: ​1. Bimbo Balogun (top) Bimbeads Concept Specialists in beads and gem stones for bespoke jewelry +234 803 432 4702 2. Chioma Ifeanyi-Eze (Row 2, left) Accountinghub. Bookkeeping and allied accounting services for small businesses. +234 803 720 8307 3. Olusola Olusuyi (Row 2 - middle) Alice Samuel's Quilt Co. High quality, handmade C

Female entrepreneur raises over US$3m from crowdfunding (not VCs)

Katherine Krug is the founder and CEO of BetterBack, a company that builds devices that address lower back pain. Krug raised $3 million forher business through crowdfunding, bypassing investors. After putting in $10,000 of her own cash into the development of the product, she headed to Kickstarter to secure pre-orders, launched in 2014, and she’s now raised over $3 million through crowdfunding. Over $1 million of this was raised via Kickstarter, making Krug the first solo female entrepreneur to do so. With no outside investments thus far, Krug argues that crowdfunding is an ideal platform for female entrepreneurs who have only been able to secure a small slice of investment money.

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