Pearl Gakazi: Redefining Tech Entrepreneurship and Empowering Women in Africa’s Start-up Scene

24 January 2024

In a male-dominated industry, Pearl Gakazi is breaking barriers and reshaping the narrative for women in tech. As the founder of Kolaborate, an innovative platform connecting creative professionals across the region to global job opportunities, Gakazi is championing diversity and inclusivity in the tech start-up ecosystem.

Before Kolaborate, Gakazi was already a seasoned entrepreneur, managing a successful milk business called Karry Home and running a thriving marketing agency, Prism. It was during her time in the agency business that she identified a critical gap in the industry. The project-based nature of her work meant that talented individuals were often left jobless once a project concluded. This realization sparked the idea for Kolaborate – a platform designed to provide continuity by professionally skilling and connecting young talents to global opportunities in the tech sector.

Gakazi’s approach to tech entrepreneurship is refreshing. Despite not being a coder herself, she is a firm believer in the power of innovation and collaboration. Her vision for Kolaborate is rooted in democratizing access to opportunities, ensuring that everyone, regardless of gender or background, has the chance to thrive in the tech industry.

With only 14% of African tech start-up founders being women, Gakazi’s success is not only inspiring but also a testament to the transformative impact of female leadership in the tech space. As she continues to pave the way for women in tech, Gakazi’s story serves as a beacon of hope and empowerment for aspiring female entrepreneurs across the continent.

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