Applications Open for The Y-HER Accelerator Program! An Open Opportunity for Passionate Female Entrepreneurs in Africa

Deadline: 22 September 2017

Are you a Female Founder that has already launched a business that is making a difference in the lives of the women and girls in your community (by improving education, health, homes or creating good jobs)? Do you want to scale their venture to impact many more people? Are you on a clear path to revenue? If yes, then apply now for The Y-HER Accelerator Program.

Applications are open for “The Y-HER Accelerator Program”, that is a powerful opportunity for passionate female impact entrepreneurs in Africa who are at the early stages of building businesses and organisations that exist to change the lives of women and girls in Africa.

More women are pursuing entrepreneurship in Africa per capita than anywhere else in the world. For this reason, Spark is conducting a continent-wide search to bring together an unrivalled group of 15 African Female Founders for its YHER Accelerator. Founders running high-impact ventures aimed at improving the lives and women and girls.

Program Structure

  • Accelerator: A week-long intensive entrepreneurship program designed to fast track your early stage venture. We’ll provide training and mentorship while also connecting you to an inspiring group of fellow female entrepreneurs working hard to create a better world for women and girls.
  • Mentorship: Connection to a network of mentors from across the world throughout the Accelerator week, providing you with a wealth of entrepreneurship experience to help you build a bulletproof strategy for impact and growth.
  • High-Tea: An opportunity for you to network with investors, funders, mentors and supporters and to pitch your venture as the week comes to a close at an exclusive, invite-only high-tea event.
  • Funding: A total of $50,000 in prize funding is available for the winners of our peer review and audience votes.
  • Growth Support: Potential to qualify for Growth support, including ongoing tailored support and grant or investment funding of $10,000 to $50,000 AUD to help scale your venture.
  • Community: Ongoing connection with our virtual community to help you along your entrepreneurial journey. Keep each other inspired and accountable with monthly check-ins, mastermind sessions and knowledge sharing.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must have at least one female co-founder who will participate in the program.
  • Applicants intimately understand the problem that applicants are trying to solve.
  • Applicants venture must exist to improve the lives of women and girls who are held back by poverty.
  • Applicants will have already launched a venture or at least run a pilot and has some early traction or proof of concept. Applicants will typically have less than 100 customers and have been in operation less than two years.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online via given website.

For more information, please visit The Y-HER Accelerator Program.

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