The Importance of Diverse Voices: She Leads Africa’s SheHive NYC
She Leads Africa (SLA) is a dynamic community striving to help African women on the continent and in the Diaspora achieve their professional dreams. Since its foundation in 2014, SLA has set its vision on becoming
She Leads Africa (SLA) is a dynamic community striving to help African women on the continent and in the Diaspora achieve their professional dreams. Since its foundation in 2014, SLA has set its vision on becoming the #1 destination for smart and ambitious businesswomen.
From June 2nd to June 5th, SLA hosted SheHive NYC, an intimate workshop-style forum dedicated to providing an opportunity for participants to re-engage with the continent while developing essential business skills. With some of the most enlightening female professionals and entrepreneurs in attendance, the event was sure to spark some inspiration.
In a space where entrepreneurship is seemingly ubiquitous, a businesswoman has to fully understand the importance of innovation as she prepares to access a potential market. Though each budding businesswoman’s ideas and modes of execution may differ, what rings through as a commonality is their new innovations and problem-solving.
Attendees at the SheHive NYC event were encouraged to practice pitching their ideas, their businesses, and themselves. This was not an event for mere observation, as participants left with scores more knowledge—from both speakers and their colleagues—than they entered with.
If you’re an entrepreneur, you’ve likely heard similar pieces of advice time and again: “Finding investors is hard.” — “Network, Network, Network,” — “There is no such thing as a work-life balance, so make your work your life.” To add to those elements of advice, a few experienced speakers from SheHive NYC shared with Applause Africa some unconventional tips for like-minded entrepreneurs:
- Get started! If there is an idea that’s stuck with you, explore that.
- Get a Co-Founder early on; having that person to share both ups and downs with you can seriously help the growth of your business and you as an entrepreneur.
- Identify and hone in on what makes you money. Not always an easy topic to speak about, but necessary for building a business.
“Your ability to stay alive as a startup is contingent upon your ability to pivot quickly.” – Asmau Ahmed
- Don’t dwell on your competition; either they will take your idea and run with it, or they won’t. Focus on your business.
- Don’t believe the hype (especially about yourself). You know the ins-and-outs of your business; despite what people rave about, focus on making your work better.
- Accept that you don’t know everything; understand your strengths, and surround yourself with diverse people who are smarter than you.
Within the 2016 SheHive tour, She Leads Africa has ventured to Abuja, Nigeria and Accra, Ghana. The next stop is Nairobi, Kenya from June 30th to July3rd. The speakers include the CEO of Safaricom, Kenya’s leading Telco, and the General Manager of IBM East Africa. The tour will then travel to London, Lagos, Nigeria and Johannesburg, South Africa. Interested participants, partners and sponsors can learn more about the SheHive tour and sign up at sheleadsafrica.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.