Juliana Rotich, Kenya
Not only is Juliana the co-founder of Ushahidi , open-source software used to collect and map information, she’s also behind iHub – a collective technology space in Kenya – and is a TED Senior Fellow. One of the most recent initiatives she’s behind is BRCK, a robust internet router designed to work anywhere in Africa. www.ushahidi.com
Mariéme Jamme, Senegal
Now based in London, Mariéme runs SpotOne Global Solutions, a technology consultancy that helps companies create a presence in emerging markets. But she’s better known for her work in promoting technology and education in Africa. She’s involved in numerous initiatives, including co-founding Africa Gathering, a platform for entrepreneurs to collaborate and share ideas to drive change in Africa. www.mariemejamme.com
Anne Amuzu, Ghana
Anne is co-founder of Nandimobile, a software company that leverages the power of mobile phones to connect consumers with businesses. A graduate of the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology in Ghana, Anne has a BSc in computer engineering and is currently the company’s technical development lead. www.nandimobile.com
Annette Muller, South Africa
DotNxt is a Cape Town-based company that works with South African companies to create software, mobile and other digital solutions. DotNxt, started in 2011, already works with more than 20 corporate clients. www.dotnxt.co.za
Nkemdilim Uwaje Begho, Nigeria
Nkemdilim has a big goal: to be Africa’s leading online solution, e-learning and IT security provider. She’s at the helm of Future Software Resources, initially started by her father. In 2008 Nkemdilim changed the direction of the company to become a web-based educational, enterprise and business solutions firm. The company now does work with more than 25 Nigerian businesses.
Rebecca Enonchong, Cameroon
AppsTech, started in 1999, is an international supplier of enterprise application solutions. Rebecca is founder and CEO of the successful business, which has clients in more than 40 countries. She’s on the board of ActivSpaces (a Cameroonian-based initiative to connect African techies) and VC4Africa (a community of entrepreneurs and investors) and is also behind the successful Twitter account @africatechie, which has more than 30 000 followers.
Jamila Abass, Linda Kwamboka and Susan Oguya, Kenya
These three women are the founders of the innovative M-Farm software solution, which gives Kenyan farmers access to crucial marketing information and connects farmers directly to buyers. Farmers receive information via an app or SMS and can also use the service to pool resources with other small farmers to get better deals on supplies, such as fertiliser. Transactions are made possible through the use of m-pesa technology. www.mfarm.co.ke
Barbara Mallinson, South Africa
Barbara is the co-founder of award-winning social e-learning platform Obami. Founded in 2010, Obami enables people in education to share educational resources easily online and via mobile. Barbara says: ‘In five years I hope to see Africa competing at a truly global level. If all the innovation oozing out of the continent these days is anything to go by, then I certainly won’t be disappointed.' www.obami.com