First son, Tumelo Ramaphosa, Christopher Peralta & Sibabalwe Sesmani connect Silicon Valley investors to women-owned startups in Africa


As the world enters in the last decade towards attaining the Sustainable Development Goals, the global blueprint for sustainable development, building fairer and more inclusive economies must be the goal of global, national and industry leaders. It is clear that instilling gender parity across education, health, politics and across all forms of economic participation is a critical and urgent part of achieving the Global Goals.

The World Economic Forum noted in the Global Gender Gap Report 2020 that across the four subindexes (Political Empowerment, Economic Participation, Educational Attainment and Health and Survival), Economic Participation, globally, has the second largest gap, following Political Empowerment.  57.8% of the global Economic gap has been closed so far, which represents a slight step back since last year. Furthermore, in many countries, women are significantly disadvantaged in accessing credit, land or financial products, which prevents opportunities for them to start a company or make a living by managing assets. For instance, there are still 72 countries out of 153 observed where some women from specific social groups do not have the right to open a bank account or obtain credit. The Covid- 19 pandemic has further regressed the strides made and created an even bigger gender gap. But has also created opportunities to bring down the barriers to connecting with experts virtually.

Tumelo Ramaphosa, Founder and CEO of StudEx, & Africa Valley and with his Co-Founder Christopher Peralta is creating a virtual gateway to Silicon Valley and to empower women-owned startups in Africa. They have partnered up with, business woman and woman empowerment activist, Sibabalwe Sesmani in connecting Silicon Valley investors to women-owned start-ups.

Africa Valley will provide a 4 day Zoom bootcamp where start ups will be taught how to be investor ready, will be facilitated by our partners at RaiseTheRound / Iddo Tal who founded 5 startups, raised money from 100+ investors and sold his last company to Google.  On the 4th day, 10 start-ups will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to Silicon Valley investors. Our partners at will also turn one lucky startups Investor deck into a beautiful landing page so you can start sending your pitch page to investors instead of a boring powerpoint deck.







In 2019, the UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Africa reported that since 2010 sub-Saharan African economies have lost about $95 billion yearly because of the gender gap.

Women’s economic empowerment is the key to achieving the African Union’s Agenda 2063, a continental framework for socioeconomic transformation of the continent, and several goals in the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. That includes Goal 1, ending poverty; Goal 2, achieving food security; Goal 3, ensuring good health; Goal 5, achieving gender equality; Goal 8, promoting full and productive employment and decent work for all; and Goal 10, reducing inequalities.

Make sure to sign up for  the 4 day boot camp that will run from Friday December 11th  – Monday December 14th  and interested startups may register by clicking on the following link:

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