Call for applications to the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) Growth Accelerator 2021 (South African businesses)

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Are you a South African business owned or led by women entrepreneurs? Then you should apply for the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) Growth Accelerator 2021. 

The AWIEF Growth Accelerator is designed to support the unique needs of early-stage and high growth-oriented women-led ventures with business modelling, growth strategy training, corporate advisory, mentorship. networks, and access to strategic partnerships. 

The accelerator provides capital-raising support for growth, scale and sustainability. It builds women’s entrepreneurial leadership capacity, connects them with appropriate sources of capital and helps them scale.

 Application Deadline: June 14, 2021

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Benefits

The program offers:

  • Three two-day bootcamps.
  • Masterclasses: international expert-led sessions covering all scaling fundamentals.
  • One-on-one tailored mentorship and leadership coaching.
  • Corporate partners: connection to corporates in your industry for valuable partnership opportunities, and as customers.
  • Access to investors: get connected to opportunities with Nedbank and active VCs, impact and angel investors looking to invest in African women-led ventures.
  • Pitch n Grow: Demo day/pitching event at the 7th annual AWIEF Conference and Awards scheduled to take place on December 2 3,2021.
  • Free delegate pass to AWIEF 2021 conference sessions.
  • Join the AWIEF Community and alumni growth program: unmatched access to a pan-African and global network and peer connection to other women entrepreneurs, continued online post-program support, e-learning, events, and tailored introductions.

Eligibility

The opportunity is open to Businesses that are:

  • South African Exempt Micro Enterprises (EMEs) or Qualifying Small Enterprises (QSES); at least 51% female black-owned.
  • Owned or led by ambitious and committed women entrepreneurs.
  • Seeking investment or funding to scale.
  • In a post-revenue phase.
  • Scalable and innovative ventures.
  • In operation for not less than three years.

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Applications will only be accepted through this online form.

Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) Growth Accelerator

Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) Growth Accelerator

The Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) is hosting the fourth cohort of its flagship AWIEF Growth Accelerator, sponsored by Nedbank.

Access to finance is the most cited challenge to the growth of women-owned businesses in Africa. Bankability and investment readiness are major impediments to attracting business finance. The AWIEF Growth Accelerator is designed to support the unique needs of early-stage and high growth-oriented women-led ventures with business modelling, growth strategy training, corporate advisory, mentorship, networks, and access to strategic partnerships. The accelerator provides capital-raising support for growth, scale and sustainability. It builds women’s entrepreneurial leadership capacity, connects them with appropriate sources of capital and helps them scale.

Since 2017, more than 100 early-growth-stage women founders have gone through the accelerator programme. For the 2021 cohort, 20 female entrepreneurs will be selected from sectors including: technology, agribusiness, financial services, manufacturing, health, education, tourism & hospitality, creative industries, and renewable energy.

Key Dates and Order of Program

  • Applications open: 10 May 2021
  • Applications close: 14 June 2021
  • Recruitment: 15 – 30 June 2021
  • Accelerator starts: 12th July 2021
  • Culminating event: Pitch n Grow™ during AWIEF 2021 Conference, 2nd and 3rd December 2021
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