Program to empower Kenyan Women Entrepreneurs working in the ICT sector

Deadline: 17 August 2019

iHub Women In Business Program opens to grow the number of socially and economically empowered women entrepreneurs who run women-owned/women-led sustainable businesses working in the ICT sector in Kenya.

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  • Strengthening the capacity of women entrepreneurs to own and lead sustainable business working in the ICT sector.
    • Strengthen the capacity of established women entrepreneurs to start, run and grow sustainable businesses that work in the ICT sector
    • Identify women with the potential for entrepreneurship and nurture them to develop and run sustainable businesses in the ICT sectors
  • Increasing the number of women-owned and women-led companies working in the ICT sector that can handle big money projects
  • Strengthening collaboration between different actors in the ICT and innovation sector in order to utilise the learning and perspectives generated by the Women in Business programme to make evidence-based and credible contributions to relevant national and global policy discourses.

What do Participants Get?

  • Networking and exposure to expand applicant’s business networks
  • 6 months of customized support and training based on the startup/SME’s individualized needs
  • Marketing and exposure through the different platforms
  • 1:1 mentoring with experts, coaches and consultants.
  • Access to ecosystem events hosted by program partners

Please note that this programme does not include monetary funding for applicant’s business

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Eligibility Requirements

  • They are looking for women who have been in business for at least one year and have a product in the market that leverages technology.
  • The applicant(s) must:
    • Be a woman:
      • 18 and above
      • Reside in Kenya
      • Have a registered business

Eligibility Criteria

  • Developing an innovative and scalable product that uses technology
  • Has proof of concept and an existing business that is post revenue
  • Business model must have a clear focus on sustainability.
  • at least 1 year in operation
  • post revenue which means applicants have begun to generate sales
  • team of at least 2.

How do applicants become a part of the program?

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  • Applicants will complete a comprehensive application found online
  • A jury made of key leaders from the implementing partners will select the companies that progress into the final
  • Applicants must be able to attend biweekly Saturday sessions at the iHub office in Kilimani, Nairobi

What is included?

Successful applicants will

  • have access to the iHub co-working space (desk space, meeting rooms for those formal discussions and lounges for laid back conversations, and other membership benefits)
  • participate in a 6 month tailor-made programme that will develop their business acumen and  entrepreneurial and technical skills
  • Have access to business support services that range from legal services, human resources and many others
  • Become more embedded in the East African entrepreneurs community, amplify the impact of their businesses, and ensure the value from their products/solutions and services reach those who would benefit the most

What is in the curriculum?

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Based on need, successful applicants will have access to the following resources:

  • Customer Acquisition and Retention
  • Marketing(Digital and Traditional Marketing)
  • Accounting
  • Legal
  • Business structuring and Strategy
  • Leadership
  • Technology support(tools, infrastructure, management and data)

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply online via given website.

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