With the rise of technology innovation in Africa, multiple sectors such as energy, agriculture, finance, and healthcare are undergoing rapid changes. Africa’s population currently consists of 50% men and 50% women. There is a growing conversation on the disparity in the number of men and women in technology and a growth in interventions to combat the ‘leaky pipeline’ phenomenon that sees women deviating from careers in STEM due to structural barriers such as poor support networks for childcare amongst others.
The conversation on getting more women in Technology is crucial, but just as crucial, if not more so, is the need for female entrepreneurs to be supported in leveraging technology in their businesses- regardless of the sector.
Objective Against this background, CcHub and iHub created a program that not only focuses on women-led technology businesses, but women-led businesses as a whole, and how these can better leverage technology to scale their solutions in the African market. This program will focus on businesses in Nigeria and Kenya with the aim to:
Enhance the ways in which women-led businesses leverage technology to better serve their market
Build the capacity of women-led businesses to secure capital
Catalyse the expansion efforts of women-led businesses in the African market
Build the capacity of women-led businesses to attract, develop and retain quality talent to their teams
Access to market
Criteria The criteria for participation in 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.
Benefits for female entrepreneurs
The use of technology to achieve 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.
If you fit the above criteria, please fill out this application form. If you have any questions during the process, please send an email firstname.lastname@example.org or use the "ask a question" link at the top.
On July 31st, we will host a webinar to answer questions from potential applicants. Look out for more information on this on our website and social media.