Regina Agyare is the Founder and CEO of Soronko Solutions, a software development powerhouse and social enterprise. She was chosen as the 2016 Vlisco Ambassador for Ghana in recognition of the courage she embodied as she fearlessly achieved her dreams despite the obstacles of operating in a male-dominated field and the burden of fighting against social stigmas. By expressing her individuality and daring to be boldly different, she is truly an inspiration and a fitting Vlisco Ambassador!
The Software Developer
Through her work with Soronko, Regina has been able to realize her dream of leveraging technology to drive human potential, developing innovative technology solutions across different channels to help enterprises in Ghana create visibility and grow their business.
The Social Entrepreneur
The nonprofit arm of her business allows her to execute several passion projects she holds close to her heart, as she values above all else her ability to share her skills and use them to build up and give back to her community. These projects include equipping rural Ghanaian children with Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills as well as critical thinking skills and overseeing the award-winning program Tech Needs Girls, a movement that mentors girls to lead and innovate by teaching them to code. After experiencing great success in Ghana, Tech Needs Girls is poised to expand into Burkina Faso with Tuares under the name GirlTech!
Awards and Recognition
As one of few women making significant contributions to Africa’s development through innovative technology solutions, Regina has received multiple awards for her tireless efforts, including being named as one of the 12 inspirational women who rock STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) by CNN, one of the six women making an impact in Tech in Africa and one of 10 female entrepreneurs to watch in emerging economies. She was also awarded Young Entrepreneur of the year by the GPA Awards from Africa 2.0 and JCI Ghana Outstanding Young Person award for scientific and technological advancement in addition to being a finalist for the ITU African Digital Woman of the Year. Soronko Solutions was nominated for the editor’s choice award in the Women in IT award.
As the Vlisco Ambassador for Ghana, Regina will be sharing her inspirational story via multiple platforms including the media and various speaking engagements including visiting the educational institutions she attended. Her primary role will be to meet with groups of women across the country as part of the Vlisco Connoisseur of Style campaign, in order to raise awareness of the increasingly prevalent counterfeit issue within the textiles industry, providing education on how to identify genuine Vlisco fabrics in the market.
Under Soronko Solutions, she will be traveling to five regions in Ghana in 2016, visiting Universities to engage with women studying Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. These women will be enrolled in Soronko’s mentorship program where they will develop more practical technology skills all with the aim of inspiring young women and breaking down stereotypes that tell women technology is just for boys!