The women entrepreneurs helping mentor 100 new start-up firms in Greater Manchester

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We speak to successful women entrepreneurs in Manchester following International Women’s Day, and find out how aspiring business-owners can grow their companies.

Women entrepreneurs in Manchester have come together to mentor 100 startups on the path to success.

Following International Women’s Day, a panel including successful female business leaders, entrepreneurs and thought leaders took to the stage to share their knowledge with people seeking to grow their businesses.

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Manchester-based web design agency TAD360 ran a networking event, The Start-up Masterclass, on March 9 in Wythenshawe, hoping to inspire and educate young entrepreneurs and start-ups to get through the early stages of their entrepreneur journey.

Included on the panel was Adeola Adelakun, co-founder of Cultureville, an ethical and sustainable fashion brand. The company’s production is based in Nigeria and Ghana and led by a female management team.

Both Adeola and her sister and co-founder Ronke Jane Adelakun quit their day jobs to focus on a career in business, and now hope to inspire more women to become entrepreneurs.

They are also running an International Women’s Day Festival on March 11 to celebrate sisterhood, and it includes wellness sessions, business panels, and community-building discussions.

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Alex Onalaja, co-founder of TAD360 said: “Women don’t seem to champion as well as they would love to within certain domains.

“Again it’s all about if you don’t see it, you can’t be it.”

He wants people underrepresented in business to know it is possible to succeed. His mentorship program aims to inspire young entrepreneurs to learn the skills they need to grow their reach and expand their companies.

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