Acumen Academy, a global institute for social change, invites social enterprises to apply for the Gender Equity and Advancement Accelerator Program. The program seeks to support social entrepreneurs with moral leadership lessons and business skills. Selected participants will also learn from portfolio companies to confidently scale their enterprises and embed gender-inclusive approaches in their business models.

The program is available to social entrepreneurs who:

  • Run a social enterprise (nonprofit or for-profit) based in East Africa and West Africa
  • Have a demonstrated track record of at least 12 – 18 months with some market traction and readiness to scale
  • Have a minimum of three team members who are full-time staff
  • Commit to serving women across three entry points and demonstrate evidence of action in at least one, including:
  1. Market (products and services)
  2. Internal organisation (workforce and policies)
  3. Value chain (supply and distribution)

During the program, participants will have access to the following:

  • Six learning labs alongside fellow entrepreneurs
  • Three one-on-one consultation calls with Acumen’s team
  • Video tutorials on customer discovery, sales and marketing, financial modelling, pitching, and more
  • Unconscious bias training, workshops, and self-assessment strategies for embedding gender inclusivity into your scaling plan
  • Case studies from social enterprises that have successfully scaled and contributed to gender equity and advancement

Eligible entrepreneurs can apply here

For details about the program, visit Gender Equity and Advancement Accelerator