-Aurora Tech Award 2023 Shortlist recognizes women founders challenging gender inequality in IT
-Winners will be announced on International Women’s Day
Lagos, Nigeria, February 28, 2023 – 7 Nigerian women startup founders have been shortlisted for the prestigious Aurora Tech Award 2023. The women are among the 22 finalists from different world countries shortlisted for the Award.
According to inDrive – the organizers of the Aurora Tech Award – this is a moment of pride for Nigeria as seven ground-breaker women from the country have dominated the list. Out of 22 competitors who made it to the shortlist worldwide, these Nigerian women have proved their tenacity in the tech industry and shown that women can excel in STEM fields.
Founded in 2021 by inDrive, a US headquartered mobility and urban services global platform, the Award supports women entrepreneurs using technology to develop their communities, aiming to challenge gender inequality in IT.
The Aurora Tech Awards is an annual event that recognizes and celebrates outstanding women’s achievements in technology and innovation. This year’s competition has attracted entries from all over the world, with 22 competitors making it to the shortlist. The judges were impressed with the quality and diversity of the submissions but were particularly struck by the strength of the entries from Nigeria.
The seven women are Folake Owodunni and her startup Emergency Response Africa, Prencess Oti, and her startup Kaoshi Network, Cynthia Asije and her startup Craftmerce Inc, Ifedayo Durosin-Etti and her startup Herconomy Limited, Monsurah Alli Oluwafuyi and her startup HERRYDE, Olapeju Umah and her startup MyFoodAngels, and Ifeoma Nwobu and her startup Sendstack.
Other shortlisted women include; Marie-Reine Seshie from Ghana and her startup Kola Market Inc, Elizabeth Mwangi from Kenya and her startup Gwiji for Women, Marisa Paramita from Indonesia and her startup Ibu Punya Mimpi, Carol Kakooza from Uganda with aXiom Zorn Foundation, Carol Kakooza from Uganda with aXiom Zorn Foundation, Karina Ojanguren from Argentina and startup Humana Digital Health, Lauren Yen from USA and Fronted Records, Adila Shaukat from Pakistan and her startup Shemote, Hira Saeed and Faiza Yousuf from Pakistan and their startup CaterpillHERs, Sonia Majeethia from India and the Kadamb Inclusive Learning Tools, Iva Gumnishka from Bulgaria and Humans in the Loop, Loide Dawid from Namibia and her project K-12EdTech.Inc, Anna Ngwenyi Mafor from Cameroon and her app GreenAgain, Aggaris Anggia (Ghea) Cininta P. from Indonesia and her project GenEd, and Namya Mahajan from India and her Rocket Learning.
Winners will be announced on March 8, 2023, at an online ceremony on auroratechaward.com commemorating International Women’s Day. The winners would be awarded three cash prizes: $30,000, $20,000, and $10,000 for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, respectively.
The organizers have also announced the jury list for the 2023 edition of the Award. This year’s jury comprises past Award winners and prominent female leaders worldwide. They include Adora Nwodo, Founder, AdoraHack; Ruchika Singhal, President of Medtronic LABS; Adrienne Doolan, CEO of Green Touches; Mayra Castro, Founder of InvestAmazonia; Sahra-Josephine Hjorth, Co-founder, and CEO CanopyLAB; Ahu Serter, Founder of Arya Women’s Investment Platform, Sardana Mikheeva; VP of Operations at inDrive, Ainura Sagyn, Co-founder and CEO of Tazar; and Sadaffe Abid, Social entrepreneur leading CIRCLE
Ekaterina Smirnova, Executive Director of the Aurora Tech Award, said: “The shortlisted applicants this year demonstrate leadership and innovation in using advanced technologies to improve communities and challenge IT inequality. Our VC partners examined each application. The Aurora Tech Award draws more women IT leaders each year, many overcoming significant obstacles to better their communities. The inDrive team is passionate about female equality in IT, and this year’s Award honors these remarkable founders and provides cash prizes to help them achieve their goals.”
About Aurora Tech Award
Aurora Tech Award is a non-profit initiative of inDrive, a global mobility and urban services platform. Today, inDrive is available in more than 700 cities in 47 countries on five continents and ranks second in the world among mobility services in terms of downloads monthly on Play Store and App Store, with a total of more than 150 million downloads. In addition to ride-hailing services, inDrive offers other mobility services, such as intercity transport and freight. inDrive is headquartered in Mountain View, California, with regional hubs in the Americas, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the CIS countries, employing more than 2,700 people.
The Aurora Tech Award is for women tech startup founders whose projects have profoundly impacted global development. The objective is to support women in advanced technologies, especially women entrepreneurs.
About the Aurora Tech Award 2023 shortlist:
1 – Folake Owodunni from Nigeria and her startup Emergency Response Africa, a network of First Responders, emergency vehicles, and hospitals, connecting people urgently needing help using technology.
2 -Prencess Oti from Nigeria and her startup Kaoshi Network, a marketplace to connect Africans at home and abroad to enable them to meet their financial obligations.
3 – Cynthia Asije from Nigeria and her startup Craftmerce Inc, a marketplace that connects small and medium-sized producers and artisans from Africa with retailers and business owners from Europe and North America.
4 -Ifedayo Durosin-Etti from Nigeria and her startup Herconomy Limited – a community empowering women to be financially independent.
5 – Monsurah Alli Oluwafuyi from Nigeria and HERRYDE, a ride-hailing service where women drive women.
6 – Olapeju Umah from Nigeria and her startup MyFoodAngels, a marketplace connecting farmers and consumers.
7 – Ifeoma Nwobu from Nigeria and her startup Sendstack, digital logistics infrastructure for African businesses.
8 – Marie-Reine Seshie from Ghana and her startup Kola Market Inc., a product that drives sustained growth for Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), especially women-owned SMEs in Ghana and beyond.
9 – Elizabeth Mwangi from Kenya and her startup Gwiji for Women, connecting cleaners living in the slums of Nairobi with their clients.
10 – Marisa Paramita from Indonesia and her startup Ibu Punya Mimpi, a web platform with online education and job opportunities for mothers in Indonesia and beyond.
11 – Carol Kakooza from Uganda with aXiom Zorn Foundation, connecting farmers with business and financial services in Uganda.
12 -Karina Ojanguren from Argentina and startup Humana Digital Health, virtual family doctor.
13- Aira Mongush from Tyva (Russia) and her startup Mathshub, an ed-tech project with free fundamental programming and data analysis skills for everyone and personalized career programs.
14 – Lauren Yen from USA and Fronted Records, customizable health applications to empower underserved clinics.
15 – Adila Shaukat from Pakistan and her startup Shemote, a project supporting women working from home with training and consultancy.
16 – Hira Saeed and Faiza Yousuf from Pakistan and their startup CaterpillHERs, an ed-tech training project and job marketplace.
17 – Sonia Majeethia from India and the Kadamb Inclusive Learning Tools, a web platform that provides comprehensive guides focusing on enabling students with learning disabilities to study independently.
18 – Iva Gumnishka from Bulgaria and Humans in the Loop, data annotation services for computer vision.
19 – Loide Dawid from Namibia and her project K-12EdTech.Inc, an app that enables education in the metaverse.
20-Anna Ngwenyi Mafor from Cameroon and her app GreenAgain, increasing farmers’ crop productivity by diagnosing diseases in plants that are difficult to diagnose physically or manually.
21- Aggaris Anggia (Ghea) Cininta P. from Indonesia and her project GenEd, an education-based solution focusing on empowering educators.
22- Namya Mahajan from India and her Rocket Learning, digital teacher-parent communities.