CcHUB/iHub Women In Business (Cohort 2) 2020 for African Women Entrepreneurs
CcHUB and iHub will implement the 2nd edition of the Women in Business program as one that not only focuses on women-led technology businesses, but women-led businesses as a whole, and how these women can better leverage technology to scale their solutions in the African market.
Application Deadline: 15th August 2020
About the Award: This program will focus on businesses in Nigeria and Kenya with the aim to:
1. Enhance the ways in which women-led businesses leverage technology to better serve their market
Our Design team will support program participants in assessing and improving their product-market fit, as well as strengthening their value proposition. This will highlight opportunities for the embedding of technology in their processes.
2. Build the capacity of women-led businesses to secure capital
Training from our internal team will support program participants toward being investor ready. We will create avenues for the women to engage with investors through a showcase and a demo day at the end of the program. There is also the opportunity for the participants to get investment from CcHub/iHub via our investment vehicles.
3. Catalyse the expansion efforts of women-led businesses in the African market
From cohort 1, we identified a need to support participants in their efforts to expand into other African markets. Cohort 2 will see us take a more intentional approach in providing participants with knowledge and strategies around expansion, as well as relevant introductions through our networks.
4. Build the capacity of female entrepreneurs to attract, develop and retain quality talent
This has always been a big challenge for startups on the continent. We will be tackling this in our program by leveraging our People team’s expertise and creating linkages to quality talent- both through our graduate internship program as well as partnerships with organisations that train tech talent.
5. Create access to market opportunities
The women will have the opportunity to increase their market share through engagement with corporate executives and industry advisors in our extensive network. This will be done through multiple ways including a matchmaking process to give participants continuous support throughout the program. We believe that access to industry-relevant expertise will provide key insights and introductions that will propel the participants and their businesses forward.
Selection Criteria: The criteria for participation for the program include:
- Women-led business interested in leveraging technology to scale their businesses
- Registered, with operations in Kenya or Nigeria
- Strong (well-rounded) founding team, working full-time on the business
- Businesses with proven traction in the market (e.g. customers, revenue)
- Scalable businesses that meet a real need.
Eligible Countries: Kenya, Nigeria
To be Taken at (Country): Kenya, Nigeria
Number of Awards: Not specified
Value of Award:
- A strategically differentiated business that speaks to the heart of customer needs.
- An ability to speak investor language and leverage sound financial understanding of your business to secure capital and partnerships.
- Support to expand your business across multiple geographical markets.
- Knowledge on how to attract, develop and retain a strong team.
- Access to a robust network of investors, corporate executives and software developers to help scale your business.
This program will bring together female entrepreneurs, software developers, investors, SMEs, corporates and industry experts across multiple sectors.
How to Apply: If you fit the above criteria, please fill out an application on this link: https://bit.ly/ihub-wibform. If you have any questions during the process, please send an email [email protected]or ask a question on the application platform.