She Leads Africa launches accelerator for women Entrepreneurs in Nigeria

She Leads Africa Partners Work in Progress! Alliance for Their 2017 Accelerator for Women Entrepreneurs in Nigeria.
She Leads Africa Partners Work in Progress! Alliance for Their 2017 Accelerator for Women-run Businesses in Nigeria.

She Leads Africa – is a social enterprise dedicated to supporting young African women and their journey towards professional success through online content and offline programmes have just opened applications for their 2017 She Leads Africa Accelerator.

The 3-months program is designed to identify, support and fund the next generation of Nigeria’s brightest entrepreneurs and shall be taking place in 4 locations across Nigeria: Abuja, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, and Kaduna.

The 2017 Accelerator will consist of 1-week residencies in the four locations where entrepreneurs will receive training from the SLA team and business leaders and experts.

During these residencies, entrepreneurs will be focused on business strategy, growth, marketing, finance and distribution. They will also receive a host of on and offline training as well as an opportunity to pitch their business to national and international investors.

Angel Adelaja (R) – Founder of Fresh Direct NG and Winner of SLA 2016 Accelerator receiving her award.

Fresh Direct’s founder and 2016 class winner, Angel Adelaja, said “This was like a condensed Masters Program. I am so different now and our company is thinking and strategizing differently.

2017 Cohort Categories:

This year, the She Lead Africa team are looking for entrepreneurs with businesses and startups from the following sectors:

  • Agribusiness: This cohort is open to entrepreneurs building businesses in the Agribusiness industry in Kaduna. Please click HERE for more information and to apply.
  •  Creatives:  This cohort is open to entrepreneurs building businesses in the Creative industry in Lagos Island.  Please click HERE for more information and to apply.
  • Retail & E-Commerce:  This cohort is open to entrepreneurs building businesses in the Retail & E-Commerce industry in Abuja.  Please click HERE for more information and to apply.
  • Technology: This cohort is open to entrepreneurs building businesses in the Technology industry in Lagos Mainland.  Please click HERE for more information and to apply.
  • Beauty industries: The Dark and Lovely x SLA Beauty Accelerator is open to beauty businesses in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Ivory Coast and South Africa.  Applications will be open in June.
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This 2017 SLA Accelerator is run in partnership with the Work in Progress! Alliance – a consortium of Oxfam, Butterfly Works and VC4A focused on driving job creation and youth employment in Nigeria. The Kaduna Agribusiness cohort is sponsored by OCP.

Entrepreneurs interested in applying should visit www.SheLeadsAfrica.org/accelerator for more information and apply. Submissions close on 25 June 2017 at 11:59pm WAT.

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