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Olubanke Claude-Wilcox (Founder, Fit & Well Limited) According to Nutritionist, weight loss coach, and wellness consultant, Olubanke Claude-Wilcox, obesity is associated with a higher risk of having several mental health disorders, mainly due to the effects of weight discrimination. These mental health disorders include depression, anxiety disorder, bipolar disorder and eating disorders. Olubanke adds: “It’s important to note that the relationship between obesity and mental health disorders is not a one-way street. This means that while obesity can sometimes lead to mental health disorders on the one hand, on the other hand mental health disorders can also lead to obesity.”…

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Jade Kearney (Co-Founder & CEO, She Matters) Black maternal health platform She Matters Inc has secured $2M to launch its life-saving symptom tracker app. The tool is designed to empower pregnant users to monitor vital signs and symptoms associated with complications like preeclampsia, eclampsia, and Hemolysis, Elevated Liver enzymes and Low Platelets (HELLP) syndrome.This technology is especially crucial for Black mothers who, in the USA for example, face a maternal mortality rate three times higher than their white counterparts.

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Brothers, Adrian and Ronnie Wright (Co-Founders, XP app Two brothers, Adrian and Ronnie Wright, have launched the XB app to change how residents discover and connect with Black-owned businesses in their area. The XB app is not just a directory of Black-owned businesses – it goes the extra mile by featuring local events and spotlighting Black entrepreneurs. The “X” in XB represents the multiplication sign, while “B” stands for Black, which symbolises the amplification of Black culture. The XB app is available on Google Play and the Apple App Store.

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The International Finance Corporation (Africa)  has just announced the 100 women-led startup owners who will be participating in its inaugural IFC #SheWinsAfrica program. These exceptional entrepreneurs were selected by a panel of startup and investment experts from an impressive pool of nearly 3,000 applicants from across sub-Saharan Africa. The #SheWinsAfrica engagements kicked off with a blend of in-person and virtual sessions across IFC hubs in Dakar, Johannesburg, Lagos, and Nairobi. Participants will receive specialised support in helping to get their startups investment-ready, complemented by matchmaking opportunities and investor pitches.

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Funlayo Veronica Alabi (Founder, Shea Radiance) Founder & CEO at Shea Radiance, Funlayo Veronica Alabi is a social entrepreneur whose natural beauty brand creates beauty products inspired by the traditional uses of unrefined shea butter to help women achieve beautiful glowing skin at any age. Funlayo started making products in her kitchen to solve her family’s dry skin and eczema problems and discovered Shea Butter to be the ultimate healing balm.  She says: “From trying to find a solution, to kitchen experiments to full blown business. It’s truly a miracle how far we’ve come.” Here’s the back story. 🎥@Shearadiance

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If you’re on a budget but need some of the best guides available for starting and growing your business, these free introduction courses will be some of the best online resources you will come across. And they are all self-paced: Side Hustle “From Zero to 100” by City, University of London: Udemy’s Side Hustle “From Zero to 100” is in partnership with the City, University of London’s entrepreneurial arm CityVentures. Side hustles are how some of the most successful entrepreneurs got their start, and this course is excellent preparatory material for growing a social media following, networking, and knowing when to go…

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Affiong Williams (founder, ReelFruit) 📸 AffiongWilliams On February 15, 2024 the resilience and innovation that thrives within Nigeria’s agricultural sector was on full display as ReelFruit commissioned its 800MT/ annum dried fruit processing facility in Abeokuta, Ogun State. It is Nigeria’s largest installed capacity. Says ReelFruit founder, Affiong Williams: “February 15th marked a momentous occasion in my company’s 12 year history. This has been my dream since the day I started this company, and I am so fortunate to see it to reality. “This factory isn’t just a structure of bricks and mortar; It embodies my long-term unwavering belief in…

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🎥 Facebook/VoA A 19-year-old Malawian school dropout, Ernest Andrew, has brought free electricity to his village, using a self-made air-powered generator, which bypasses the use of fuel, oil or batteries. When Ernest Andrew dropped out of school in 2018 due to a lack of fees, he started collecting scrap materials that he slowly built into his Air-generator invention, which is hinged on the use of the untapped power of air. Ernest Andrew explaining how his air-powered generator works to officials of the Malawi government. Says Ernest: “The air fills the bottle where there are wires that produce an electromagnetic field.…

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Fawn Weaver (founder, Uncle Nearest, Inc.) Globally-recognised, top-selling, and Black-owned premium spirits brand, Uncle Nearest Inc., is close to reaching unicorn status, with a valuation nearing $900 million. Despite the odds, Uncle Nearest has flourished under the leadership of founder Fawn Weaver, expanding its presence to over 30,000 stores, bars, hotels, and restaurants across 12 countries. The business now has a 432-acre distillery in Shelbyville, Tennessee, and a newly acquired 100-acre property in Cognac, France, which testify to the brand’s ambition. Weaver’s approach to funding has been crucial to the success of Uncle Nearest. By avoiding traditional venture capital and…

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Drew Yancey (founder, Teleios Strategy ) Drew Yancey is a business strategist and founder of Teleios Strategy, with extensive strategy consulting and executive leadership experience across multiple industries, helping solve challenging problems at the nexus of growth, strategy, and innovation. According to Yancey, choosing a niche is now necessary and no longer optional – and  the top reasons these kinds of businesses are successful including: Enhanced Marketing Efficiency: By targeting a specific group, businesses can tailor their marketing strategies to resonate more effectively with that audience. This targeted approach often leads to higher conversion rates and more efficient use of…

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