Top 10 African Tech Companies Led by Women 2019

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The tech industry is growing in Africa. We have showcased some of the best innovations from fellow Africans. You may ask yourself, where are the African women’s contributions in all of this? Well, that’s what we’re going to look at today. These women are leading tech innovations with their own companies. These are the top 10 African tech companies led by women.

10. mDoc

  • Country: Nigeria
  • Founder: Nneka Mobisson

mDoc is a digital health company focused on sub-Saharan Africa which provides people living with chronic disease with 24/7 access to integrated care support through a network of providers via mobile and web platforms. The platform is based in Lagos, Nigeria.

The founders of mDoc are Imo Etuk and Nneka Mobisson, who is also the CEO of the platform.

9. GirlHype

  • Country: South Africa
  • Founder: Baratang Miya

Baratang Miya founded the company in 2003 with the purpose of giving the girls from disadvantaged backgrounds the power and skills to pursue careers in tech. The company also helps the girls build a long and lasting successful career in the tech industry.

GirlHype operates a Clubs Programme where 6th-12th-grade girls can attend free after-school classes to explore coding in a fun and friendly environment. The organization also runs a Summer Immersion Programme for 10th-12th-grade girls. This initiative runs for seven weeks and provides these older students with a more in-depth understanding of coding, in addition to tech job exposure. 

8. AppsTech

  • Country: Cameroon
  • Founder: Rebecca Enonchong

Rebecca Enonchong founded the company in 1999. It offers tech services such as implementation, training and application management. The company, which now has clients in more than 40 countries in three continents, landed Enonchong a spot on Forbes’ list of 10 Female Tech Founders to Watch in Africa.

7. Tress

  • Country: Ghana
  • Founder(s): Priscilla Hazel, Esther Olatunde and Cassandra Sarfo

The three ladies started the company back in 2016 during their time at the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology. Tress is a social community mobile app for black women to find hairstyle inspiration. The app provides access to hairstyles that are relevant to the users as well as access to trending and current hairstyles from women of color all over the world.

6. EmptyTrips

  • Country: South Africa
  • Founder: Benji Coetzee

EmptyTrips is an open, online marketplace where one can find a massive pool of vetted transporters with various fleet sizes. By making use of the platform one can safely find carriers, transact securely & significantly lower one’s transport costs. Through the company, one can get free access to the largest fleet in Africa, instantly.

The company uses machine learning to look for the most appropriate transport service for any user. This has seen Coetzee win big at the Singularity University SA Summit for her AI-enabled transport marketplace.

5. tiphub

  • Country: Nigeria
  • Founder: Amanda Spann

Amanda Spann launched tiphub in 2014 to support technology and social enterprise-led innovation in African markets. For tiphub, purpose and profit walk hand in hand. Providing its clients with funding, mentors, business training, consulting services, and an accelerator program, the business aims to increase the number of socially-driven investments in Africa. 

4. JuaKali

  • Country: Kenya
  • Founder: Judith Owigar

Judith Owigar is the Co-Founder of JuaKali, a directory for Kenyan blue-collar workers. Founded in 2012, the service allows its users to create an online profile showing their expertise, connecting them with institutional and individual clients. The term Jua Kali means skilled manual work in Swahili or it can be directly translated as ‘hot sun’.

3. Ghana Code Club

  • Country: Ghana
  • Founder: Ernestina Appiah

The Ghana Code Club is an after-school program that teaches children computer programming skills. Children between ages 5-17 can join any of the company’s coding programs from Schools, Community Centers, and Libraries to learn to create computer games, animations, interactive arts, websites, and mobile apps.

The founder, Ernestina Appiah believes that a combination of diversity, innovation, creativity, and passion is key to the success of a business. By instilling these aspects in Ghanaians at a young age, she hopes that tech entrepreneurship will flourish across the country. 

2. Intelipro

  • Country: Kenya
  • Founder: Leonida Mutuku

Leonida Mutuku is the brains behind the operation, helping to create advanced analytics solutions for financial and retail businesses across the continent. Clients receive actionable insights that allow them to make faster decisions by leveraging Big Data and Machine Learning.

1. iMED Tech Group

  • Country: South Africa
  • Founder: Nneile Nkholise

iMed Tech is a Biotechnology company specializing in the design and manufacturing of custom-made medical solutions to improve the lives of Africans. The company uses technology that enables for the production of high-quality products, that repair, restore and enhance life. Its products are produced with the goal of creating innovative medical solutions to help people requiring a custom-made medical prosthesis, bioimplants, and other medical solutions to assist in enhancing lives and improving the overall health.

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Elvis Mwangi

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