South Africa: ThinkRise supports female tech entrepreneurs

Think Rise - Barclays Africa Group’s fintech innovation hub in Cape Town - has announced that they will support five female entrepreneurs in the ICT sector, by providing a year-long subsidised membership to the Rise co-creation community and workspace.

So far, four women-owned startups have been selected as beneficiaries:

88 Business Collective: An accelerator program focused on emerging women entrepreneurs, and led by Antoinette Prophy. This 18-month program creates an ecosystem for women entrepreneurs to grow through collaboration, access to new markets and by providing a platform for accountability, as well as a sounding board for better decision making.

Trade Circle: Founder, Lauren Davidse, is developing a digital business-to-business (B2B) trading platform to modernise the supply chain of and for small, medium and micro enterprises (MSMEs) in developing economies. The platform connects all stakeholders in the supply chain directly so that distribution costs are reduced, and vast improvements are seen in both financial security and supply chain transparency.

Minderz: An online platform that connects pet parents or owners with available, experienced, and vetted sitters. Conceived by Boitumelo (Tumi) Menyatswe, the platform enables a gathering of pet lovers in a single community, and offers sveral pet services to pet owners - such as dog walking, pet sitting, pet boarding, and house-sitting services. Minderz has a bespoke identity verification system that ensures the safety of both pet owner and consumer.

Girl Hype: An education technology (edtech) start-up founded by Baratang Miya. Girl Hype has three product offerings: The Women and Girls Code Academy to create a pipeline of employable women in tech; The Women In Tech & Entrepreneurship clubs solution, where women learn how to start a tech company and are provided with the tools necessary to commercialise these companies; and the Women Executive Fellow Programme for graduates who are mentored by women in tech at an executive level.

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