Nicole van Tongeren, Amsterdam, The Netherlands:

Nicole van Tongeren is the lady behind the Dutch brand “Butter for Breakfast”, a Start-up based in Amsterdam that designs comfortable and stylish clothing for business women. Their mission is it to create something that every woman can feel comfortable and good-looking in, every day at work but also at home or in their free time. They’re very passionate about the empowerment of women in the work space and are designated to “break the glass ceiling” as they say. As if that wasn’t enough, part of every sold item will be donated to the maternity ward at the Médecins Sans Frontier Kibera South Clinic in Nairobi, where Tongeren is from.

Madita Best, Berlin, Germany:

Madita Best started her company “Daheim” as a social Start-up in Berlin in early 2016 when she realised how many refugees came to Germany without speaking a single word of German. Her online platform allows members to chat with each other, it connects refuges with German people that want to try and help them learn German through Video chats. The company is completely funded by donations, including Google and the big German publishing company Axel Springer and everyone working there does so voluntary. Best believes, that communication is crucial for inclusion and wants to help as many people as possible making the most out of her platform, visiting refugee camps, cafes and events encouraging the people to join. Her work is inspiring and her drive remarkable, a role model when it comes to truly devoting to your business and what you want to achieve through it.

Khadijat Abdulkadir, Brussels, Belgium:

Khadijat Abdulkadir is the founder of the Start-up “Digital African Women” and a truly inspiring woman that started this non-profit company in Brussels in 2016. It’s her mission to inspire, support, educate and empower African women in business and help them to achieve their career goals, especially female-led technology companies. She wants her business to promote the African economy and its businesses and also bring attention to the continents potential. Abdulkadir thinks that the misconception of Africa is dangerous and that there needs to be more communication and collaboration between all countries and continents. She inspires and influences not only African women but women all over the world who are already in business or are still on their way to fulfilling their dream. 

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