Danielle Reid, Fati Hassane, Iku Lazaro, Nour Drissi and Cynthia Anyango have been selected as the top five finalists to be part of the inaugural Huawei She Leads Africa Fellowship program for African female tech entrepreneurs.

The finalists were chosen from a pool of over 300 applications and will soon be jetting off to China to the Huawei headquarters and research and development branch to learn first-hand what it takes to run a successful tech business.

The finalists head up their own start-ups, which are:

Sterio.me (Danielle Reid)- Lesotho: A platform that lets teachers send homework to their learners and have the completed work done, sent back and marked in real-time. The app works on any mobile phone and requires no internet connection.

Ujirani (Cynthia Anyango) – Kenya: A mobile app aimed at improving communication between neighbours so they can communicate on various issues happening in their community.

Sunze Tech (Fati Hassane) – Cote d’Ivoire: An energy startup that provides cheaper, reliable and sustainable energy solutions via LED panels and modular solar kits.

Shule Direct (Iku Lazaro) – Tanzania: An online platform that provides educational content to high school students and teachers.

Book1Car (Nour Drissi) – Morocco: An independent car rental comparison service providing customers with the best car rental options in their area.

“We were so impressed with the quality and creativity of the applications we received,” said She Leads Africa co-founder Yasmin Belo-Osagie. “The startups we selected demonstrated a clear problem they were solving, an innovative solution and how going to China would help them take a critical next step in their businesses.”

You can meet the faces behind these startups in the video below.

[Source and image – She Leads Africa]