Women in Africa (WIA), a social impact company supporting African women entrepreneurs, invites applicants for the WIA 54 programme( WIA54). WIA will support 540 finalists from 54 African countries with training and personalized mentoring via a boot camp. The programme will be carried out in three phases including:

  • Training phase: Selected entrepreneurs will participate in a virtual orientation programme to learn more about the process and receive a timeline and overview of available resources. Additionally, participants for this phase will receive intensive business management training.
  • Mentoring phase: This phase will last six months for select participants. Selected entrepreneurs will be offered mentors to support them in integrating learnings from the training into their business plan. After the mentoring phase, select candidates will participate in a pitching phase, which will give them access to investors and seed capital.
  • Pitching phase: Select participants will have the opportunity to demonstrate their business knowledge to convince the jury on the viability of their business to access funds.

Interested applicants should fulfil the following eligibility criteria to apply:

  • Business should be created or led by an African woman
  • Have a first traction on the market (sales, number of users, funds raised)
  • Be part of one of the following sectors: agriculture & agritech, food & foodtech, education & edutech, fintech, environment & sustainable development, beauty or creative industry, or health & healthtech

The selection of projects will be based on the following criteria:

  • Innovativeness of the product, service, or technology
  • Proven business model scalability
  • Growth potential
  • Demonstration of an ambitious team with solid execution ability
  • Market traction (revenue, number of users, funds raised)
  • Potential for impact in Africa

To apply for the WIA54 programme, visit: WIA 54 Program Application