Hilda Moraa is a Kenyan with a B.Sc. in Business Information Technology from Strathmore University. She obtained a Masters in Entrepreneurship from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Kenya.
By research, Hilda published and wrote numerous research papers and journals on the thematic focus of ICT, development and entrepreneurship. She is also the author of “A Kenyan Startup Journey”. She became a millionaire at 26.
Hilda is a co-founder at WezaTele Limited, a leading provider of innovative and mobile solutions in the supply chain, distribution and financial solutions in Kenya. Miss Moraa has over 5 years’ experience in technology, market research, entrepreneurship, and distribution of FMCGs in emerging markets in Kenya.
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From May 2009-September 2010, she worked as a Master Data Analyst for Coca-Cola; a global beverage and distribution company. She saw the challenges they faced within their distribution systems and decided to develop an ordering solution prototype as her final year project.
In October 2010, she dedicated her time to training and mentoring the Keri Residents. These were students from Strathmore University looking for advice and guidance in IT, programming skills and basic IT management skills to allow them innovate and grow viable businesses.
In January 2012, she founded AfriHive; a content hub and one stop shop for co-working spaces across Africa to access useful resources, services and lesson as to remain sustainable in the long run.
She was the Strategist and Senior ICT Researcher for iHub Nairobi from August 2011-December 2013. At iHub; a local innovation hub for the technology community, the 22-year-old Hilda met Sam Kitonyi and Newton. Hilda, Sam and Newton founded WezaTele Limited.
WezaTele started by building mobility solutions for commerce, supply chain, distribution, and mobile payment integration. Their first product; My order Enterprise solution; is a mobile customized solution that facilitates supply chain, circulation and distribution visibility. Hilda’s team grew from just two people to a full organization of over ten employees.
In 2013, Weza Tele won the IBM global smart camp competition at the Tech4Africa conference. By 2014, Weza Tele had worked with several SME’s in many countries including Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Zimbabwe.
Miss Moraa started sharing her opinions, facts and experiences in the tech entrepreneurship ecosystem through Vc4Africa network.
Hilda founded a Kenya tech entrepreneurship network called Kenya Tech Entrepreneurship Virtual Network in July 2015. The network stemmed from the need of sharing local startup experience, knowledge and lessons to ensuring the young people are building scalable and valuable startups. These of course are to impact positively with return on investments. Since July, the network has grown with more than 100 tech start-ups in Kenya.
In June 2015, she became a consultant at FinTech; she worked with SME’s and startups on challenging opportunities in the Innovation and Fintech sector.
Miss Mora started running a peer mentorship series with iBizAfrica in April 2016. She shared her experiences, lessons and support to incubatees among other young upcoming/early stage entrepreneurs. She did this to encourage, empower and support in growing their ideas and businesses in the right direction from an early stage.
Presently, she works as the Managing Director/Business and Product Development Officer for PesaZatu which means “our money” in Swahilli. PesaZatu is a leading peer to peer/mobile lending market place in Kenya and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Why TechHer Loves Her
She is a problem solver, her entrepreneurial passion and drive is ignited every day due to the failures and successes she has encountered. Miss Moraa is an achiever and an extraordinaire who believes now is an incredible time for us young people to shine and do amazing things to impact our society/community.
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Rebecca Enonchong is a Cameroonian technology entrepreneur and Founder of AppsTech; a tech firm located in more than 50 countries. AppTech helps to provide global enterprise application solutions to organizations. She was born in Cameroon; she relocated to the United States of America with her family when she was a teenager. Her father was a popular Barrister in Cameroon. His name is Dr Henry Ndifor Abi Enonchong.
Rebecca is very popular in Africa mostly due to the fact that she renders a lot of advisory and mentoring services for tech related start-ups. She has been an industrious person ab-initio. When she was 15, she worked as door - to - door vendor for a newspaper outfit. She later became the Manager of the company at 17.
She graduated with BSc and MSc in Economics from the Catholic University of America in 1986 and 1994 respectively.
She has an Oracle Professional Certification (Oracle Financials) in 1996. She became an Oracle E-Business Suite 12 Financial Management Certified Implementation Specialist in 2012. Rebecca is the world’s pioneer Oracle Financial Certified Professional with almost 100 Oracle certifications. Beat that!
Between 1996 – 1998, she worked as Consultant at the Inter-American Development Bank (IaDB)
From January 1998 – September 1999, she was a Consultant at Oracle.
From 2000 – 2005, she became the Founder and chaired the African Technology Forum. ATF is a non-profit initiative with the goal of reducing the digital divide among African women and promoting the usage of technology in Africa.
She’s been a Board Member of Salesforce Foundation since 2002.
She is also the Chairman of African Centre for Technology Innovation and Ventures (ActivSpaces) in Douala, Cameroon, since 2010. ActiveSpaces is a tech hub that operates different segments focused on making resources available for technology start-ups and providing mentoring services for young technology entrepreneurs.
In 2011, she became an Advisory Board Member of Venture Capital for Africa (VC4Africa); the largest online community for entrepreneurs and investors building companies in Africa.
In November 2014, she Co-founded and became the Treasurer/VP Central Africa, Africa Business Angels Network (ABAN), Mauritius.
In July 2015, she Co-founded I/O Spaces; a co-work tech hub space for diaspora entrepreneurs.
Enonchong is also a mentor to many technology start-ups located in Africa and beyond.
Here are some of her Awards and Recognition:
In 2002, she was recipient of the Global Leader for Tomorrow Award by World Economic Forum of Davos, Switzerland and African Entrepreneurship Award from Enterprise Africa.
In 2003, Rebecca was bestowed the Benjamin Franklin Award by the Common Wealth of Pennsylvania.
In 2013, she emerged as the 2013 African Digital Woman of the Year Finalist.
In March 2014, she was named among Ten Female Tech Founders in Africa by Forbes Magazine. Rebecca was also recognized as one of the most influential Africans in 2014 by New African Magazine.
Why TechHer Loves Her:
She is a go getter, one who is ambitious and concerned about the way digital technology affects African women. She is a one determined woman who is using her international ambience to promote technology and strengthen tech related start-ups in Africa. Rebecca once said in an interview that;
“We simply can’t afford to be mediocre or good enough, we have to aim to be the best.
‘’Women much more so than men need external validation of their expertise. So women should go about getting as many certifications as they can. I have almost 100 Oracle certifications and after almost 18 years in the industry, I still do the exams when Oracle releases new technology or new versions.”
‘‘Work hard, think big and never give up. When you do experience success, stay humble. Success is not linear; you will experience ups and downs. Humility helps keep it all in perspective.’’
Words on marble!
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