In August a select group of Africa’s most promising young female technology entrepreneurs will have
the opportunity to participate on an innovation exchange to China. This is a result of an exciting
partnership between She Leads Africa and Huawei Technologies Ltd.
The HuaweiShe Leads Africa Fellowship is the first program of its kind to provide female tech
entrepreneurs from across Africa 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 weeklong 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 $40bn
and operations across the globe.
With nearly 46% of its employees in R&D 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 centre.
In between stops at Huawei, entrepreneurs will 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 cofounder Yasmin BeloOsagie.
The fellowship is the second collaboration between She Leads Africa and Huawei. Huawei was one of
the flagship sponsors for SLA’s Entrepreneur Showcase held in September 2014. This collaboration is
evidence of Huawei’s continued dedication to supporting female entrepreneurs from across the
Applications have just now opened and will close on April 30th. Eligible applicants must be women
between the ages of 1840 who are building a technology business focused on Africa. Applications can