Deadline: April 16, 2021
Applications are open for the ShEquity Business Accelerator (SHEBA) 2021. Located in the Accra, Ghana, SHEBA will offer venture building and technical support to African female entrepreneurs with impactful and scalable businesses viewed as potential ShEquity investment candidates in agribusiness, healthcare, technology, renewable energies, and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG).
The accelerator is the next horizon in ShEquity’s significant investment and active role in building an investment ecosystem for African women entrepreneurs. Accordingly, SHEBA will serve as the pipeline for the ShEquity West Africa VC Fund which is being set up in Accra, Ghana.
Every year, SHEBA will select and support 30 women, focusing on the following: business development, financial management; go to market strategy, branding & marketing, governance structure, HR/Team management, leadership development, networking opportunities, founders’ personal development/soft skills development. In addition, qualifying participants will receive funding needed to structure their businesses and become ShEquity investment ready.
Despite being based in the highest region for female entrepreneurship activity in the world, African women are still finding it more challenging to secure investment than their male counterparts. SHEBA was created to help de-risk African female-led businesses, ready them for investment and equip the founders with the skills set needed to scale their businesses.
- Applicant must be a woman leading/owning an impactful and scalable business;
- Committing to the 6 months program duration;
- Have a business that has been in operation for a minimum of 24 months and is based in the ECOWAS Region;
- Signing the SHEBA agreement (to be provided to these selected).
The application deadline is April 16, 2021. Submissions after this deadline will be disqualified.
For more information, visit SHEBA.