The selected innovators will be invited to take part in the forum’s annual African meeting to be held in Durban in May.
The search is open to female entrepreneurs whose business, which must be less than three years old, uses innovative technology or business models.
The business must have had at least one year of revenue generation and be able to demonstrate social and economic potential.
“Africa’s best prospects for inclusive growth lie in its ability to tap into its vast pool of entrepreneurial talent,” said Elsie Kanza, WEF’s Africa head.
“We want Africa’s top female tech entrepreneurs to join us so we can celebrate them as role models and so they can help governments and policymakers create conditions for others to flourish.”
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The 2017 World Economic Forum on Africa, from May 3-5, will be held under the theme Achieving Inclusive Growth.
The meeting – which will convene regional and global leaders from business, government and civil society – will explore solutions to create economic opportunities for all. It will provide insight from leading experts on how Africa will be affected by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, particularly in terms of safeguarding the region’s economies from negative disruption and exploiting opportunities for development.
Siyabonga Gama, Transnet’s chief executive, is a co-chair of this year’s meeting on Africa. The closing date for submission of entries for Africa’s top female innovators is Monday April 17.
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