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Gone are the days of traditional subjugation of the African woman. Presently, African women are increasingly rising with the spirit of entrepreneurship. In order to strengthen the horns of female entrepreneurship, Blackbox provides an annual opportunity to connect and mentor over 15 female entrepreneurs around the world.

Africa’s Female Entrepreneur selected by Blackbox for Silicon Valley

Among the privileged female entrepreneurs for this year, Iman Cooper is the only candidate from Africa. It’s therefore, proof that African women are seizing every opportunity to learn and economically empower themselves.

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Blackbox is a global nonprofit communication system integrator and technology. It’s basically out to promote equality of entrepreneurial opportunities through access to resources, mentor-ship and immersive programs in the heart of the Silicon Valley.

From San Francisco, Blackbox program partners across the globe to connect founders to their own greatness.

How is BlackBox Connect 22 supporting Female Entrepreneurs?

The Blackbox connect 22, is a two-week immersion program in Silicon Valley. It’s meant for visiting female startup founders who are based outside the United States. This year’s marks the 22nd program cycle of Blackbox Connect since its inception in 2011 and the fourth annual female founder edition. The session will run from May 21 – June 1, 2018.

“For many of the founders who take part in the program, this may not be their first or last startup. Blackbox equips them with the best entrepreneurship skills they need to create change in their current and future organizations. They help build leaders and trailblazers who take the skills they’ve learned back to their home countries,” says Ciara Clancy, founder, and CEO of Dublin-based Beats Medical.

Beats Medical is an app which gives people with Parkinson’s disease greater independence and control of their condition.

Who is Iman Cooper?

In the heart of Nairobi lies Kenya’s first digital (bus & train) transporting company called BuuPass. Iman Cooper is the co-founder and chief marketing officer. Iman believes that the Blackbox opportunity has come at the right time for BuuPass, as it focuses on growth strategies.

“I am thrilled to participate in Blackbox Connect with 14 other top founding women from around the world. I am looking forward to learning alongside phenomenal women about how to intentionally elevate your impact and sharpen my skills as both an entrepreneur and leader,” Iman said.

Other startups that promote female entrepreneurs in Africa

Apart from Blackbox, there are equally other startups in Africa trying to breach the gender gap in the African startup Ecosystem. Consequently, female entrepreneurs are given the opportunities to adequately establish themselves. These companies include: GrowthAfrica, Digitalundivided, 500, Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator, and Alphalab, among others.

Indeed, African women have a whole lot to give back to the society. However, many still need the help of others to serve better.

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