Bringing Women into Africa’s Growth Story

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Bringing Women into Africa’s Growth Story

by Julie Fahnestock
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Yasmin Belo-Osagie and Afua Osei’s paths first crossed when they worked together at McKinsey & Company. But the idea to start a pitch competition and entrepreneurial training organization for women-owned, African companies was birthed a few years later during a women’s conference.

“We both had a background in empowering and supporting women, especially high potential women. We ran into each other at A Women’s Excellence conference in May. We were both a similar vision, to support women leaders in Africa.  We talked about putting together a pitch contest for entrepreneurs and we soon realized that it could be much bigger,” says Belo-Osagie.

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Julie is passionate about telling the story of where business meets good. She is the Founder of B Storytelling, a content development company specifically designed to help popularize the good happening through business. They do this by helping Benefit Corporations and other social enterprises identify, build and leverage their brands. Julie has an MBA in Managing for Sustainability from Marlboro Graduate School. She lives in West Palm Beach, Florida with her husband, Thomas. 

Keywords: Innovation & Technology | Afua Osei | Cherae Robinson | McKinsey & Company | Rare Customs | She Leads Africa | The Entrepreneur Showcase | Yasmin Belo-Osagie | the Founder of Rare Customs and Tastemakers Africa

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