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Meet Yasmin Belo-Osagie, Co-Founder Of African Woman-Led Enterprise, She Leads Africa

Yasmin Belo-Osagie is the co-founder of African woman-led enterprise, She Leads Africa, a movement to empower women in the Diaspora to transform their ideas to profit.

Offering advice, support, inspiration, and opportunities for career and business needs, She Leads Africa serves as an entrepreneurial incubator, aiming to accelerate and cultivate successful African women-led businesses.

She Leads Africa (SLA) is a women’s social enterprise based in Nigeria, seeking to address challenges women on the continent face in creating, growing, and sustaining their businesses and professional services.

Launched in 2014 by Yasmin Belo-Osagieand Afua Osei, the dynamic duo established the organization to counter the problems many African women have in terms of limited leadership possibilities and prospects on the continent and beyond.

By tackling the lack of gender inclusivity and equity of African women in the entrepreneurial sector, She Leads Africa is shifting stagnant business dynamics by offering pitch competitions and pan-African events, such as SheHive New York.

Yasmin Belo-Osagie was born in Boston United States of America but grew up in Nigeria. Yasmin attended a boarding school in England before graduating from Princeton University USA. She also attended Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and London.

She studied at Harvard Law School and at Stanford Graduate School of Business, graduating with a JD/MBA in 2019. She has worked at McKinsey & Co for 2 years as a consultant where she focused on developing multi-year growth strategies for large organizations.

In 2013, Yasmin Belo-Osagie cofounded She Leads Africa which has helped to nurture hundreds of aspiring, ambitious female entrepreneurs, with support from companies including Intel, Guaranty Trust Bank, Huawei, and Etisalat.

She leads the events and offline programming team. She Leads Africa (SLA) is a women’s social enterprise based in Nigeria that seeks to address challenges women on the continent face in creating, growing, and sustaining their businesses and professional services. 

SLA provides online platform, offering articles and materials on business advice, which is specifically tailored to entrepreneurship on the continent.
Her vision to see African women excel in their businesses did not just end with cofounding SLA.

In 2015, Belo-Osagie took five female entrepreneurs to China to meet with successful women entrepreneurs and China-based investors interested in Africa.
She has also hosted versions of her professional boot camp, the SheHive , in Lagos, Nigeria; Johannesburg, South Africa, and other cities.

In 2016, Yasmin was nominated as one of the Fast Company’s most creative people in business, along with 99 other people. She was chosen because of her role in developing female entrepreneurs.

In 2017, Belo-Osagie was listed among the Quartz Africa Innovators.[10] She was also listed on the Religious and Humanitarian category of the 2017 Most Influential People of African Descent.[11][12][13]She was listed among The 20 Youngest Power Women In Africa by Forbes in 2014.[14]

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