UNIDO ITPO Nigeria boosts women’s entrepreneurship through gender-lens investing
In a move to bolster women’s entrepreneurship and promote gender equality in business, UNIDO ITPO Nigeria has officially introduced the Gender Lens Investing Community of Practice (GLICOP).
The launch, which took place during the inaugural Gender Lens Investing Training marks a significant step in addressing the challenges faced by underfunded women-owned businesses.
L-R: Etemore Glover, CEO Impact Investors Foundation, Funmi Adewara, Founder & CEO Mobihealth, Abimbola Olufore Wycliffe, Head, UNIDO-ITPO Africa, Nonye Umahi, Managing Consultant, CUANU Consult Ltd, Dr Ola Brown, General Partner HealthCap Africa and Gimbiya Egba, GLICOP Coordinator at the Gender Lens Investing Community of Practice Engagement Series 1.0 in Lagos recently
GLICOP aims to bridge the funding gap that often impedes the growth of women entrepreneurs by providing them with greater access to resources, funding opportunities, networks, and capacity-building support. By creating an environment that levels the playing field for both aspiring and established women entrepreneurs, GLICOP strives to foster an ecosystem where women can thrive in the business landscape.
Stakeholders including Etemore Glover, CEO of Impact Investors Foundation; Dr. Funmi Adewara, Founder & CEO of Mobihealth; Nonye Umahi, Managing Consultant at CUANU Consult Ltd; and Dr. Ola Brown, General Partner of HealthCap Africa, have lent their insights and expertise to shape GLICOP’s mission of promoting funding equality and economic growth.
The event emphasised actionable goals, including the establishment of information hubs, networking advantages, and support for female fund managers. Discussions also highlighted the importance of regulatory frameworks, policy advocacy, and removing biases to create an environment conducive to the growth of women-led businesses.
A central focus of the launch was the call for strategic policies that allocate funds for women-owned businesses, paired with rigorous monitoring and evaluation mechanisms. This approach seeks to dismantle barriers and biases that have historically hindered women entrepreneurs’ progress, recognizing the immense potential of investing in women as a driver of sustainable economic growth.
GLICOP’s launch reinforces the collaborative essence of transformative change, with involvement from stakeholders including government bodies, NGOs, development finance institutions (DFIs), and venture capitalists (VCs). This collaborative effort aims to shape an inclusive ecosystem that offers essential resources, opportunities, and support for women-owned businesses.
As GLICOP sets the stage for a more equitable and prosperous future, the world anticipates witnessing the flourishing of women’s entrepreneurship and a heightened commitment to gender equality in the business world.