The journey of the Women Founders Group started with StartUp Kano, an organization aimed at creating an ecosystem for creative and innovative entrepreneurs. Aisha Tofa, a budding young woman who is business-oriented brought together an amazing team of tech entrepreneurs in 2015 to pursue her dream of helping women. It was this team of tech entrepreneurs that decided to create a special avenue for women under StartUp Kano called the Women Founder’s Group.
Why The Women Founders Group Was Formed
The Women Founder’s Group is a platform for creative and innovative tech and non-tech women entrepreneurs. It aims to help women with the necessary guidance and resources to foster themselves given how Northern Nigeria is left behind in so many aspects of contemporary development and how women are mostly at a disadvantage. Counseling sessions are held with promising women entrepreneurs to help them harness their skills and reach their full potential.
Seeing how women face a lot of challenges from society, family, traditions, and culture that most times deter them from achieving so much by keeping them in the background, the Women Founder’s Group wishes to break those barriers.
Furthermore, they wish to bring together women to make a great impact and give them room and opportunity to achieve their dreams.
The next step they took after launching the program was to organize conferences, an annual event held on International Women’s Day where successful women are invited to create spaces for conversations for women exclusively on education, industries, and corporate organizations. Influential, hardworking, and inspiring women from the Northern region are chosen and encouraged, and celebrated.
Women Founders Group Annual Conferences
Their first annual conference of the Women Founders Group was held in 2016 and the theme was #YouCanSitWithUs. So many inspiring women like Engr. Hauwa Muhammad Sadique, the first Northern president of The Association of Professional Women Engineers of Nigeria, Maryam Lawan Gwadabe, an MSc holder in Network Management from Middlesex University Dubai, Hajiya (Dr) Hadiza Nuhu Yusuf, etc were in attendance to give speeches on their areas of expertise.
In 2017, the theme was #InspiredByAWoman, while in 2018 the event was tagged #HerAgenda. When the 4th Edition of the Women Founder’s Conference held in 2019, #TheFutureIsFemale.
However, in 2021, the theme chosen is #SheForProgress and the conference will focus on women who stood against all odds during the world’s hardest times to build or improve their businesses.
These women who are fifty in number are all northern women who were nominated and chosen to be celebrated on International Women’s Day as the most inspiring women in Northern Nigeria who are resilient in their efforts to succeed.
The Women Founder’s Group wishes to promote women’s economic resilience by showcasing these women who have inspired a lot of other women to keep pushing and progressing in difficult times.