Securico, a Harare-based woman-owned business providing guarding services and electronic security solutions has been named one of ten finalists in the 2011 Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship.
Managing director and founder Divine Ndhlukula started Securico in 1998 and now leads the first security company in Zimbabwe to be ISO-certified. It employs more than 2 000 people and is the largest private sector employer of women.
The awards are organised by Legatum, a private international investment group and Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment firm.
A record 3 300 companies from 48 African countries submitted entries to compete for the grand prize of $100 000 and six other prizes of $50 000 each, including the Coca-Cola prize for an Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur, December 8 in Nairobi.
The Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship recognise and rewardbusiness leaders who embody the entrepreneurial spirit and qualities required to succeed in business and who play inspirational role models for the next generation of African entrepreneurs.
“The Africa Awards celebrate business excellence within Africa, helping to build a strong network of African entrepreneurs, and our 10 finalists demonstrate the breadth and depth of entrepreneurial talent across the continent today,” said Alan McCormick, Legatum managing director.
“Such diversity shows that Africa’s outstanding business leaders are not constrained by geography, gender or ambition.”
The finalists will make formal presentations to an international jury of business leaders chaired by Malik Fal, managing director of Endeavor.
The jury will also include some of Africa’s most prominent entrepreneurs and investors, among whom are Kamal Budhabhatti, grand prize winner of the 2010 Africa Awards, James Manyika, director of McKinsey Global Institute; and Ayisi Makitiani, CEO of Fanisi Capital.