For many female entrepreneurs the business world was once dominated by the male force, but as every day goes by, successful female entrepreneurs are proving they have what it takes to be at the top of their industry.
Here’s a list of five successful female entrepreneurs:
Together with her husband, Jyoti Mukherjee opened a printing supplies shop in Nairobi in the 1980s after moving to Kenya from India. In 1991 she started Software Technologies Limited (STL), one of Africa’s leading software distribution companies making hundreds of millions of Kenyan shillings in sales every year.
STL today can count over 150 corporations in East Africa as its clients, making Mukherjee one of the few women who have founded and run big technology firms in the region.
Mukherjee has steered STL from humble beginnings with just five employees to one of the largest software houses in eastern Africa with a presence in countries such as Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, Nigeria, Ethiopia, India and the United Arab Emirates.
In 2007 she was recognised as the Top ICT Businesswoman in Africa at the African ICT Achievers Awards.
Mwangi was determined to let her vision come true and start her own company. So much so that worked without pay, just to save her company from collapsing.
Sixteen years ago Mwangi founded Professional Marketing Services (PMS), a group that currently has five subsidiaries and a presence across the east African region. Mwangi has steered the PMS Group from a small agency to a leading marketing group providing a full range of agency services. Over the years PMS has grown in size and its clients include Reckitt Benckiser, Prigat, Airbus and East African Breweries (EABL).
Mwangi is also the chairperson of the Federation of Women Entrepreneurs Associations (FEWA), an organisation that seeks to create an enabling business environment for women.
In 2010 PMS was voted number one in the Top 100 SME competition in Kenya. Mwangi also won the Lady Entrepreneur of the Year award at the same competition sponsored by the Nation Media Group and KPMG.
In 2009 she beat women entrepreneurs from 75 countries worldwide to emerge as the winner of the Organisation of Women in International Trade (OWIT) Woman of the Year award.