• PROGRAMME OVERVIEW

    #HerFutureAfrica is an idea to startup accelerator that supports young African female entrepreneurs to launch high-impact, technology-enabled businesses.

    We do this by providing them with access to the right tools, mentorship and networks through 5 core activities:

    Innovation Bootcamp

    Problem solving and innovation tools

    The innovation bootcamp brings together a selected group of ambitious and talented young African women to develop new innovative business ideas that help to build a brighter future for women and girls in Africa.

    Over the 2 days, participants are equipped with problem solving and business innovation tools as well as encouraged to incorporate digital tools in developing their solutions. Watch the video from our Accra bootcamp!

     

    "I really loved the teamwork at the bootcamp. Sharing my idea with colleagues gave me more ideas to improve on what I already had. I also learnt that I need to test the market & get feedback first before starting the business" 
    Edna Mate-Kole #HerFutureAfrica participant Ghana, 2017

    Market Research

    Collecting customer feedback & market validation

    Following the innovation bootcamp, participants are then challenged to take their ideas out into the real world. This provides an opportunity to apply the tools they have learnt to collect feedback from potential customers and stakeholders in order to validate their ideas. At the end of this process, participants develop a more refined business proposal and pitch deck; tangible outputs they can use to present their businesses to potential funders or partners.

    "I am now able to use the Business Model Canvas to continually refine my business idea and come up with a more effective and efficient game plan to solve the problem for my target market"
    Wilma Amoo-Osae #HerFutureAfrica participant Ghana, 2017

    Mentorship

    Building networks & access to expert advice

    Participants are matched with dedicated mentors from around the world to support them in developing their business proposal. Our first programme in Ghana engaged both local and international mentors from 10 countries to work with our participants.

    "My mentor went over my assignments and gave me feedback on each and every one of them. He recommended some references and gave me useful insight as well as a global perspective with regard to my problem and the solution."
    Charlotte Obeng, #HerFutureAfrica particiipant Ghana, 2017

    Demo Day

    Building pitching and presentation skills

    At the end of the programme, participants submit their final project plans and 10 finalists are selected to pitch at our Demo Day. This is a great opportunity for participants to gain valuable feedback on their ideas as well as generate exposure and build connections to help them launch their businesses.

    The winner, selected by a panel of judges receive dedicated support from our incubation partner and $1000 in seed funding to launch their business.

    Incubation

    Building and launching real-world solutions

    The winners from the Demo Day are then provided with between 3 to 6 months dedicated business support in partnership with organisations in their local ecosystem.

    For our Ghana programme we partnered with iSpace who provided the selected finalists with 6 months co-working space and support to develop their businesses further.

  • APPLY

    Are you a young aspiring female entrepreneur in Africa(18-35yrs) with a NEW innovative business idea that helps to improve the lives women & girls?

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