The She Boss Program is an exclusive platform that builds the capacity of budding female technology founders and entrepreneurs with business strategy, clinics, coaching, mentoring, and fund support. It also opens the female founder to a network and community of business experts to keep her accountable.
This is a digital program open to Idea or early-stage women-led businesses across Africa.
2 months of rigorous training on business strategies and customer identification and acquisition
Customized Accountability records to keep track of your business progress
1 month of intensive coaching on branding, revenue generation, and investor readiness
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.
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.
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.
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 Business Academy via our investment vehicles.
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 organizations that train tech talent.
Benefits to female entrepreneurs
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 of 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.
The criteria for participation for the program include:
If you fit the above criteria, please fill out an application. If you have any questions during the process, please send an email firstname.lastname@example.org or ask a question on the application platform.