Batouly Camara

Company: Women and Kids Empowerment

Location: New York

Company/organization description

WAKE Women and Kids Empowerment – is a US-based sports educational nonprofit corporation serving teen girls in New York and Guinea West Africa. WAKE’s mission is to take a whole girl approach to provide a world-class sport and education to girls in Guinea, such that they qualify for opportunities on the African continent and beyond.

Tell us about the entrepreneurial milestones you accomplished?

Since the 2017 inception, and even without a dedicated location, WAKE has enrolled over 700 children in global camps, called on 33 coaches for training, welcomed 165 participants in women’s workshops, and over 900 participants in all activities from 8 different countries. WAKE is now preparing to move into its next phase of development which is to create an all-girls boarding school in Guinea, Conakry.

What type of entrepreneur are you?

Social Good - social enterprise or nonprofit focus

Student entrepreneur?


What CT entrepreneur ecosystem resources have helped you succeed?

I graduated from the University of Connecticut this past December with my Master’s in Sport Management. My Uconn community played an integral role in my development as a founder and CEO. I am thankful for the sports management program in particular as I’ve had amazing advisers who are passionate about the work that I do!

Nominator Justification

Batouly Camara, 2020 Get Seeded winner, 2020 Billie Jean King Youth Leadership Award winner, and recent 2021 Forbes 30 under 30, created WAKE with the intention of empowering young women of Guineas West Africa in gaining international-quality education and wider opportunities in the world. Batouly’s mission, “is to combine training in the sport of basketball with a solid academic education through partnerships with local schools."

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