Build 1000 innovative and growth oriented African women led companies with revenues of $3million and above over the next 15-20 years.
The Driven Women accelerator will achieve this by connecting companies to investors and advisors, facilitating follow on financing, creating opportunities to access markets, and mobilizing critical technical assistance resources through innovative, local, regional, and global partnerships.
Africa’s leading growth, innovation, and investment platform for innovative African women led companies
The Driven Women Accelerator seeks to become the foremost platform which will build the next generation of innovative regional and pan African women led companies.
How the program works
The program selects 50-100 women led companies to participate in the two week Scale Lab and the six month Driven Women Plus Program. The Scale Lab culminates in the Demo Studio sessions where the companies pitch to investors. The two week program is made up of the Knowledge Hubs, the sector labs, and a section dedicated to networks. The Knowledge Hub includes master classes, clinics, and project labs. The sector labs are made up of the manufacturing (including high tech manufacturing), food and agribusiness (including agro processing), technology (focused on fintech), and the creative industries lab (focused on fashion value chains). The networks component of the program includes boot camps, a mini tradeshow, a hosted buyer program, a Driven Women Banking Program, and the creative exchange women focused art fair.
At the close of the Scale Lab, participants and program partners sign up for membership in the six month Drive Women Plus Program. They also enroll in the Field Immersion Lab which seeks to immerse the participants and partners in a field experience where they visit research centers, companies in their sectors, and demonstration projects to benchmark their companies with global best practices. After the Field Immersion Lab companies and partners commence activities in the Driven Women Plus Program which is made up of initiatives and projects implemented over a six month period. The Driven Women Plus Program has the following support streams: business advisory services, investment facilitation, corporate innovations and supplier Development, R&D and technology, and The Driven Women Bank Program. The program will provide opportunities for companies coming out of the accelerator to build their company capabilities for growth and competitiveness through targeted company specific business advisory services which support companies to develop a growth plan.