Applications are now open for the Women in Africa (WIA) 54 Programme to contribute to the creation of 100,000 jobs and to contribute to the generation of $10 billion in revenue for the African economy by 2030.
Through its WIA 54 programme, WIA is committed to supporting 10,000 African women entrepreneurs by 2030 through training, mentoring, communication and access to finance.
Applicants have the opportunity to apply in the following areas:
- Agriculture & Agritech
- Food & Foodtech
- Education & Edutech
- Environment & Sustainable Development
- Beauty Industries
- Creative Industries
- Health & Healthtech
- 540 finalists from 54 African countries will be selected to participate in the bootcamp training and personalized mentoring programme, and will become part of the WIA community!
- The best candidates at the end of the mentoring/pitch training phase will participate in the pitching phase which will give them access to investors and “seed capital” (June 2023)
- 54 laureates will have the opportunity to join an MBA programme of the partner Honoris United Universities;
- 54 laureates will also benefit from a communication highlight worth €5,000 on the WIA social networks;
- 8 Revelations will benefit from a communication promotion worth €8,000;
- The Gold Award will also receive a prize of €10,000.
- The training phase: Once pre-selected and placed in the appropriate training pathway, you will participate in a virtual orientation programme to learn more about the process and they will share with you the timelines and resources available for success. You will take part in the rigorous business management training and coaching sessions, which consist of a balanced mix of stand-alone online learning and webinar-style training.
- The mentoring phase: The mentoring phase will last six months and will allow the selected entrepreneurs to be accompanied by high-level mentors ready to help them combine all the learnings of the training into one coherent document: the business plan. Selected entrepreneurs will receive a business and financial plan template that will help them complete their business plan and then review it with their mentor.
- The pitch phase: This will be a unique opportunity to demonstrate your business knowledge, convince the jury of the viability of your business, and raise funds!
- Business created or led by an African woman
- First traction on the market (sales, number of users, funds raised)
- Be part of one of the 8 categories (primary business category)
- Innovative product, service or technology
- Proven business model scalability
- Strong growth potential
- Ambitious team with strong execution ability
- Market traction (revenue, number of users, funds raised)
- Potential impact in Africa
For more information, visit https://wia-initiative.com/wia54/