About Us

We are on a mission to change this by ensuring we play a crucial role in plugging the leaky tech pipeline for black Female Founders from 2019 and beyond but we cannot do this alone. Over the past two-years since launching the 88 Business Collective and rolling out our first two accelerator programmes, we have gained significant insight into the interventions needed to create a robust tech pipeline for the tech ecosystem. In collaboration with our strategic partners, we keep building on our successes and achievements.


Antoinette Prophy

Founder and Managing Director

Antoinette started her entrepreneurial journey in 2004 after leaving McKinsey and Company with the aim to positively influence how business is done in Africa. She started her first business, Afrofusion Advertising in her mother’s lounge. Over the past twelve years, she gained extensive experience in accessing new markets by taking her business to Uganda, Kenya and servicing clients in Nigeria. 

She is passionate about the entrepreneurial space across the continent and shares her expertise by mentoring emerging entrepreneurs. She launched the 88 Business Collective in 2016 and focuses on accelerating women owned businesses from marginalized communities utilizing her Growth Through Collaboration Methodology.

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We have created a programme that guarantees accelerated growth for Emerging Female Founders and by working with them closely we create world-class African businesses. Over the past 24-months, we have proven that our intense yet holistic model works and received extensive media coverage.


The Rise Scalarator is a global community facilitating collaboration and fintech innovation in local SMEs. Through the programme, Absa will be providing five Cape-Town based women entrepreneurs with a 12-week-long accelerator prpgramme.

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Two SA female tech founders:  Locumbase Founder, Zulé Vuuren and SweepSouth, Co-Founder Aisha Pandor have been honoured by Cape Town accelerator 88 Business Collective and Absa.

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The programme, open to black females in the South African technology sector who have developed a post minimum viable product (MVP), will be attended by five females who have founded their own businesses.

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