Make-IT in Africa is accepting applications from Female Tech Founders for the Tech by Her accelerator programme in Africa, in 2020.
The Tech By Her Accelerator is supporting burgeoning female-led tech ventures in becoming globally competitive and sustainable brands. It is powered by MEST with support from the Tech Entrepreneurship Initiative, ‘Make-IT in Africa’, (implemented by Deutsche für Gesellschaft Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
The purpose of the Tech By Her Accelerator program is to develop a strong Pan African female entrepreneurship community. We’re achieving this by mentoring female founders and building an alumni network of successful Tech By Her Accelerator participants who become ambassadors for other upcoming founders.
The Tech By Her Accelerator will address the unique challenges of the female tech entrepreneur. It is a 3-month industry-agnostic program for ten (10) female founders of early-stage tech companies in Ghana, Kenya, and Nigeria. The program aims at fueling growth among female-led businesses by recognizing and maximizing the unique strengths of the female entrepreneur and equipping them with the needed knowledge, tools, and resources to scale and sustain their businesses in a competitive environment.
Worth of Award
- Holistic Coaching and Training
- Access to industry leaders and experts from across the continent
- Supportive Community of leading female entrepreneurs
- Invitation to the alumni network of successful female entrepreneurs
- An expansive network of tech experts
- 2 Intensive Boot Camps in Accra, Ghana, all expenses paid
- 3 months of virtual mentoring and coaching.
- Media publicity and visibility through our social media pages, websites and partner media.
They will be selecting ten (10) of the best and most impactful female entrepreneurs in Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya. Outside of drive, ambition, and a genuine interest in the growth of your business, you should also:
- Be a founder/co-founder of your organisation, female and available to participate fully in all aspects of the
- Be an early-stage startup and have achieved commercialisation and monetisation phase.
- Be technology-based, or have technology as the core enabler of the business.
- Have begun operations at least one (1) year before applying for this program and have a live product or service on the market.
- Be an African national or resident and have registered the business in one of the three operational countries (Ghana, Nigeria, and Kenya).
- Have evidence of revenue and a clearly demonstrated potential to scale.
- Be a business model with a social impact, i.e. with a solution to a problem as described in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (locally and/or globally)
- Be willing to organize at least one (1) community event in your operational country with support from the local MEST office.
- Be willing, as a founder, to be an ambassador of the program and of tech entrepreneurship, encouraging and motivating other females in the entrepreneurial space.
How to Apply
Apply through their online portal. Create a profile here and upload the requested documents.
Virtual Launch and Interactive Sessions:
There will be a virtual launch of the event, where participants will learn about the program, get to know one another, and discuss the next 3 months.
Meet up #1: April 13th – 26th
- An exciting ten (10) day bootcamp designed to sharpen your skills as an entrepreneur, understand your business model, work on your pain points, connect and interact with other entrepreneurs, share learnings and experiences, and leverage on the knowledge of your mentor in improving your business to compete globally. During these ten (10) days you will refine your company’s pitch deck and be assigned a graphic designer to create the pitch deck of your dreams.
- The week will also be laced with several industry events that will expand your networks, expose you to a valuable network of industry players, and help you understand other market case studies for how you can leverage them.
Virtual Program : Three (3) Webinars/ Three (3) Ecosystem Engagement Events/Virtual Mentorship: April 26th – May 25th
- During this period, you will have one-on-one direct interactions with your mentor to dive deep into your business, your struggles, and get insight into making your business an even bigger success.
- During this period three (3) webinars will be held to dive deeper into some of the content from meet up #1.
- You will also plan a local ecosystem engagement event with the support of the local MEST and Make IT teams to activate more female founders in tech.
Meet up #2: May 25th – 29th
- The final meet up in Accra, Ghana will look at implementing the insight you’ve gained into an actionable strategy that you can use once you head back to their base country and businesses. The Bootcamp will help clarify the next steps, evaluate the progress you’ve made over the three (3) month program and close up the journey.
- Most importantly, you will have the opportunity to pitch your business to a curated panel of potential investors.
Deadline: Applications close March 13, 2020