Our Story

Women entrepreneurs in Africa face a credit gap of $42 billion relative to their male counterparts, according to the African Development Bank. This gap has created an economic ceiling for female owned businesses. The financing constraint is further exacerbated by the lack of adequate business training to manage and scale women-led enterprises. She Works Here is specifically created by SME.NG to address these problems. From decades of experience in philanthropy, impact investing and investment management alongside an in-depth understanding of the challenges of women entrepreneurs, the founders of SME.NG have designed She Works Here as a bespoke “all women accelerator” that will focus on building the business capacity of women entrepreneurs and giving them access to investors and funders.

“If you educate a man you educate an individual, but If you educate a woman you educate a nation.”

African Proverb

Who We Are

She Works Here was created by SME.NG as its bespoke accelerator to help women-led businesses:

  • Support women owned businesses to become investment ready and accelerate their growth
  • Help women founders acquire entrepreneurial competencies
  • Help women led start-ups acquire seed funding and investment
  • Provide support services tailored to women needs (e.g creche, salon)
  • Link women entrepreneurs to a network of mentors
  • Improve the overall survival chance of women led businesses

Meet Our Faculty

Join Our Team

Professor Abiola Awosika

Lead Faculty
Ms. Melinda Emerson

Melinda Emerson

International Faculty

Guest Instructors

Ms. Modupe Ladipo

Ms. Modupe Ladipo

Yemi Keri

Ms. Yemi Keri

Wiebe Boer

Dr. Wiebe Boer

Funke Michaels

Ms. Funke Michaels

Chidinma Lawson

Ms. Chidinma Lawanson

Thelma Ekiyor

Ms. Thelma Ekiyor

Bolaji Balogun

Mr. Bolaji Balogun

Phil Southwell

Mr. Phil Southwell

Michelle Patrick-Akinrinade

Ms. Michelle Akinrinade