Calling all Startups and Entrepreneurial Support Organisations (ESOs) such as accelerators, incubators, business development service providers working in the digital innovation ecosystem in Africa, to apply for world-class tailored support to improve your gender diversity, inclusion and/or support women-led businesses.
What is in it for you?
Digital Innovation Startups
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Innovation Enablers, Accelerator and Incubators
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Who is eligible to apply?
The programme contains two tracks - one for Digital Innovation Startups and a second one for Digital Ecosystem Support Organisations as follows.
TRACK 1: Digital Innovation Startups (DEADLINE EXTENDED)
Are you a startup in the digital innovation space keen on applying a gender lens in your operations? Start-ups that are eligible for this programme include platform businesses, e-commerce ventures, and other digital innovators, working in Africa. If you fit the criterion above, this is the perfect opportunity for you!
📝 Complete this application form before Oct 27, 2023, to receive world-class tailored support to improve your gender diversity, inclusion and/or support to women-led businesses.
NOTE: All startups applying to the programme through the application form above MUST also fill out a FREE gender self-assessment survey on Value for Women's Gender Smart Nexus (instructions here), in order to be considered for the programme.
📝 Register now for a FREE Virtual Gender Inclusion Masterclass for African Digital Innovation Startups on Oct 18, 2023 at 3PM EAT/ 12 PM GMT.
The masterclass will introduce GameChangerX under the Make-IT in Africa programme. This will also be your opportunity to learn more about the business case for gender inclusion in tech and digital companies, and identify the entry points to inclusion. Seats are limited and on first-come-first-served basis.
TRACK 2: Ecosystem Enablers (CLOSED)
Do you represent an enterprise support organisation (ESO) eager to enhance its understanding of the significance of a gender lens for ESOs? ESOs could include accelerators, fund managers, and organisations that support the growth of digital innovation, etc.
Are you seeking practical insights on how ESOs can integrate a gender perspective into their programmes and organisational framework? If so, this is the perfect opportunity for you.
📝 Complete this application form before Oct 20, 2023, to receive world-class tailored support to improve your gender diversity, inclusion and/or support to women-led businesses.
📝Register nowfor a FREE Virtual Gender Inclusion Masterclass for Digital ESOs operating in Africa on Oct 17, 2023 at 3PM EAT/ 12 PM GMT
The masterclass will introduce GameChangerX under the Make-IT in Africa programme. This will also be your opportunity to learn about the benefits of using a gender lens and the entry points for inclusive accelerator/incubator programming. Seats are limited and on first-come-first-served basis.
APPLY IF YOU
Want to be a leader in advancing gender inclusion in the digital innovation sector
Are keen on contributing to the knowledge base on gender inclusion in the digital innovation sector
Are available between Oct 2023 to Mar 2024 to participate in the project.
For more information, please contact:
Silvia Emili | Senior Engagement Manager | Value for Women
About this initiative
Make-IT in Africa is on a mission to empower African digital innovation ecosystems to become 'future-ready,' resilient, and sustainable. In partnership with Value for Women, Make-IT in Africa is determined to address the gender gap persisting in Africa's innovation landscape. Together, we aim to foster gender equality and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) through immersive training, tailored advisory, masterclasses, dedicated office hours, and online gender diagnostics for startups and intermediaries/entrepreneurial support organisations (ESOs).
The GameChangerX initiative, as part of the “Make-IT in Africa” project, aims to support digital innovation startups and ecosystem support organisations on their journey towards greater gender diversity in the African innovation ecosystem, through tailored, world-class gender lens training and advisory services designed to close gender gaps.
Why is it important
The African digital and tech ecosystem is booming, with startups attracting an increasing amount of financing from local and international investors. However, the African innovation ecosystem does not provide equal opportunities to all, and women continue to be disproportionately underrepresented as leaders, founders, and employees. Access to funding, networks, business-development services and skills development opportunities is unevenly distributed, exacerbating disparities in representation and participation. African women have the highest rate of entrepreneurial activity in the world at an estimated 24% and are more likely to start businesses than their counterparts. However, several factors persistently hinder the potential of female founders and entrepreneurs in Africa. These include a lack of access to startup capital, a lack of access to start-up support ecosystems and networks that deliver capacity-building support and a lack of knowledge and expertise to implement gender-lens investing strategies among venture capital firms and funds.