2019 AWIEF Growth Accelerator Programme for Women Entrepreneurs

Deadline: May 13, 2019.

The Africa Women Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) is hosting its third Growth Accelerator Programme, sponsored by Nedbank.

AWIEF is looking for ambitious, innovative and committed growth-stage South African women entrepreneurs,who are seeking support to grow and scale their businesses.

The AWIEF Growth Accelerator Programme 2019 is a unique capacity building programme focused on developing financial and entrepreneurship skills to assist South African women entrepreneurs with access to funding and markets.

The programme will run for 3 months and culminate at the 2019 AWIEF Conference, Exhibition and Awards event taking place on 29 – 30 October 2019 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).

Pitch n Grow Competition: 8 Successful entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to pitch their business to an audience of investors, business leaders and corporate decision-makers at the 2019 AWIEF Conference.



Businesses must be:

  • in a post-revenue phase;
  • scalable and innovative ventures;
  • in operation for not less than three years;
  • owned or led by ambitious and committed women entrepreneurs; and
  • seeking investment or funding to grow



Access to finance is the most cited challenge to the growth of women-owned businesses in Africa. Bankability and investment readiness are major impediments to attracting business finance.

This is a three month programme designed to support participants with the business modelling and growth strategy required to scale their enterprises, become investment ready and develop entrepreneurial leadership. The programme will cover:

  • Financial modelling
  • Target market, competitive landscape and value proposition
  • Design framework thinking
  • Access to finance
  • Access to markets
  • Growth strategy
  • Financing for scale
  • Pitch training




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