AWIEF hosts the fourth cohort of Her Growth Accelerator: Applications open for 2021 (Female SMME's)

About the Opportunity

AWIEF is proud to be hosting the fourth cohort of our flagship AWIEF Growth Accelerator, sponsored by Nedbank

For the 2021 cohort, 20 female entrepreneurs will be selected from nine sectors for an opportunity to gain business training and mentorship to scale their businesses, strengthen their networks and grow as entrepreneurs.

Why join the Program?

The program offers:

  • Three two-day boot camps.

  • Masterclasses: international expert-led sessions covering all scaling fundamentals.

  • One-on-one tailored mentorship and leadership coaching.

  • Corporate partners: connection to corporates in your industry for valuable partnership opportunities, and as customers.

  • Access to investors: get connected to opportunities with Nedbank and active VCs, impact, and angel investors looking to invest in African women-led ventures.

  • Pitch n GrowÔ: Demo day/pitching event at the 7th annual AWIEF Conference and Awards (AWIEF2021) scheduled to take place on 2nd and 3rd December 2021.

  • Free delegate pass to AWIEF2021 conference sessions.

  • Join the AWIEF Community and alumni growth program: unmatched access to a pan-African and global network and peer connection to other women entrepreneurs, continued online post-program support, e-learning, events, and tailored introductions.

Applications are invited from dynamic and innovative female entrepreneurs for the AWIEF Growth Accelerator 2021 cohort


Businesses must be:

  • South African Exempt Micro Enterprises (EMEs) or Qualifying Small Enterprises (QSEs); at least 50% female black-owned.

  • 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.

  • seeking investment or funding to scale.

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Contact Details

Phone: +27 21 826 8878


12 Bell Crescent Dunrae Building Westlake Business Park Cape Town South Africa

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