It was a pleasure to be joined by High Commissioner, His Excellency Ambassador Sarafa Tunji Ishola of the Nigeria High Commission to the United Kingdom, and his amiable wife, Dr Mrs Bolanle Ishola, as Special Guests Of Honour at my Wellbeing Foundation Africa partner Reckitt, and the Health Innovation and Investment Exchange, exclusive and intimate event at the Lio London, organised in support of their non-profit, the WiNFUND.
A remarkable evening with musical performances by Kalpee, TayylorMade and Afropop sensation Yemi Alade, the new Global Ambassador of #WiNFUND – it was a pleasure to discuss the importance of engendering female-led health innovations with real-world impact.
Healthcare is a fundamental human right, but globally, 1 in 2 people lack access to it. Meanwhile, about 70% of healthcare workers are women, and women-led start-ups deliver 35% better returns on investments, yet only 2% of funding goes to women-led enterprises. The WiNFUND exists to disrupt that status quo by directly investing in women-led start-ups working to improve community access to healthcare across Africa.
Connecting with other holders of WiNFUND NFTs, the unique digital artworks that are helping to revolutionise access to healthcare in Africa, while also creating a community of innovators, investors and supporters to champion the next generation of Africa’s women healthcare entrepreneurs, we applauded the model of combining grassroots movements, tech innovation, and the expertise of frontline workers, empowered by the use of unique NFTs (non-fungible tokens) as funding, to enable the WiNFUND to provide investment, business support and mentoring for female entrepreneurs developing leading healthcare solutions.
I am proud to support the WiNFUND, to enable equitable access to investments and accelerate women-led health enterprises, increasing economic resiliency!
To learn more, visit www.winfundnft.org