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.
Businesses must be:
  • 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

Cost: FREE

Apply here: AWIEF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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