Women Founders Conference is startup Kano’s annual event that brings together bright minds to give talks that are idea focused and on a wide range of subjects, to foster learning, inspiration and wonder to provoke conversation that matter among women in the ecosystem.
The theme for the Second edition of Women Founders Conference 2017; #INSPIREDBYAWOMAN, and was hosted in the largest Mall in West Africa (Ado Bayero Mall) on Friday 15th December, 2017 with a massive turnout of participants and rock star speakers from different works of life ,who shared a practical experience and story to budding entrepreneurs and other founders present at the event.
The event started at 10am with the opening speech from the conference director Startup Kano Co-Founder Aisha Tofa,
followed by His Royal Highness, the Emir of Kano Dr. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi ably represented in person of Hakimin Nasarawa (MD Freedom Radio, Kano) Alh. Abbas Dalhatu. Our keynote speaker Her Excellency Aisha Babangida, Chairperson Better Life Program, who really inspired and motivated all the women present, Dr. Hauwa Lamino, (Chairperson Emerging Young Entrepreneurs) shared her story and experience running an agribusiness based startups across Africa.
The conference took a paradigm shift, when Nura Samaha, a young and vibrant fashion designer that she believe “she is fashion herself”, was introduced to the gathering as the youngest founder who came to Startup Kano about 8 months ago and is now undergoing incubation at Startup Kano Hub. She made a quiet display and presented her inspiring story to the women present at the conference and also paraded a wonderful presentation of her dresses with models wearing her costume.
Our second speaker Farida Yahaya a woman of substance and the Founder, Program Coordinator for Jamuje, a citizen led initiative that provides solutions to the most devastating problems in the Northern part of Nigeria.
Food and drinks were served from the amazing kitchens of 3Meals Culinary Kitchen and Hafsy Saffron Event Management, which till date we still have calls from participants about their addresses to get more of what they tasted at the conference (lol). They are super amazing.
An extensive fire side chat was discussed by two prominent women founders entrepreneurs ; Hafsat Ibrahim, the famous Hasfy Safron and Bahijja S Bawa, from Bee-Jay Makeups Kano.The event was concluded on the need for women founders and entrepreneurs to embrace the culture of partnership and collaboration in the ecosystem.
Not forgetting the amazing students that came from (Her Dear Diary Initiatives) HDDI to have a feel of what it means to be a founder: Maitama Sule Girls Academy Kano, Aunty Laila Secondary School Kano and Emphatic Schools Kano.
We would not complete this post without recognizing the effort of our amazing volunteers, who helped out during the conference. Thank you all we love you!
As a rule of thumb, Startup Kano Women Founders Conference is a community event under the Women Founders Group, which rely on sponsorship and donation from relevant stakeholders within and outside the country. We want to use this medium to show our profound gratitude to our Partners, Sponsors and Supporters.
National Information technology development Agency (NITDA) Office of ICT Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIIE) as our major partner for this August conference. Ado Bayero Mall, MTN Nigeria, Malaabis by Maymz Fashion Design, 3meals Culinary Kitchen, Jamuje and Flexisaf Edusoft Limited, Emerging Young Entrepreneurs (EYE Africa).
Special thanks to Maikatanga Photography its obvious you will see all his watermark on most of the pictures here. The Airmingle, All-Entrepreneurs, Motion Pictures Productions Ltd, Telescope Magazine, Waves Advertising Ltd, TechArewa Media and Arewa Vogue Entertainment.
British Council, Facebook Dev Circle Kano, Google Women Techmakers Kano, Google Developers Group, and Halisman Technology.
They all play a vital role for the success of this August Conference and we look forward to doing amazing things with them in the next conference.
Would you like to be a partner, sponsor or a supporter? Contact us at [email protected] or contact us at noS265, Daurawa Maidugurii Road Kano.