The Africa Women Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) is hosting its flagship Growth Accelerator Program for 2018, sponsored by Nedbank. AWIEF is currently seeking (25) ambitious, innovative and committed early-growth stage South African women entrepreneurs, from a variety of sectors, looking for support to scale their businesses.
Access to finance is the most cited challenge to the growth of women-owned businesses in Africa. Bankability and investment readiness are major impediments to attracting business finance.
This is an intensive six-week program designed to support participants with the business modelling and growth strategy required to scale their enterprises, become investment ready and develop entrepreneurial leadership. The programme will cover:
- purpose and values;
- target market, competitive landscape and value proposition;
- delivery model;
- financial modelling;
- conduct a creative force;
- growth strategy;
- financing for scale; and
- pitch training.
- in a post-revenue phase;
- scalable and innovative ventures;
- in operation for not less than two years (ideally three to five years);
- owned or led by ambitious and committed women entrepreneurs; and
- seeking investment or funding to grow.
The 2018 AWIEF Growth Accelerator, with its first 25 participants, is implemented as a build-up program that will culminate at the 2018 AWIEF Conference, Exhibition and Awards event taking place on 8 and 9 November at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, where participating entrepreneurs will pitch their business to an audience of investors, business leaders and corporate decision-makers.
The three best ventures stand to win monetary prizes from AWIEF and financial management advice from Nedbank.
WHERE: Cape Town and Johannesburg
WHEN: September 17, 2018