She Leads Africa Accelerator Programme

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The SLA Accelerator is a 3-month program designed to identify, support and fund the next generation of Nigeria’s brightest female entrepreneurs. The winner of a Demo Day will receive a N2mn investment from She Leads Africa Fund.

What do you get from the program?

  • 3 months intensive training on business and operational skills
  • Exclusive access and mentorship from some of Nigeria’s leading business personalities
  • Demo day in front of local and international investors
  • Features in local and international media
  • Feature in a Ndani TV web series

What’s the process?

  1. Put together a top notch application package, ace the semi-final interviews and get selected by the review committee.
  2. In July spend 1 week of residency at SLA HQ in Lagos being trained by the SLA team and connecting with some of Nigeria’s most prominent business and operational experts.
  3. Return home for 3 weeks, implement the lessons you’ve learned and reach out to the SLA team whenever you need support.
  4. Repeat the 1 week residency in August and September.
  5. Join us in Lagos for Demo Day in October. Pitch your business to a room of local and international investors and media. Previous SLA entrepreneurs have been featured on Forbes and CNN and received brand endorsements after pitch day. In total they’ve gone on to raise $1 million and a lucky few even got to pitch to Aliko Dangote himself.
  6. The top entrepreneur will walk away with a N 2 million investment from the SLA team in exchange for 7% equity. The others receive 3 months of intensive support and access to a vast network of mentors and investors.

Are you eligible?

  • Business with at least one woman aged 18-35 as a shareholder or owner
  • Based in Nigeria
  • Less than 3 years in operations

What’s next?

Submit your application today! Applications close May 31, 2016 and we will not accept any late submissions. You must upload your pitch deck to your VC4A profile in order for your application to be complete.

Make sure you join the She Leads Africa community to gain access to our application tips, free downloadable guide on how to create a BOSS pitch deck and an invitation to a private webinar with our cofounders where you can ask your questions and hear directly from them on what they’re looking for.

About She Leads Africa:

She Leads Africa is a social enterprise dedicated to supporting young African women and their journey towards professional success. The organisation has been featured on CNN, CNBC Africa, Black Enterprise and Fox Business and has more than 30,000 members across Africa.
About Work In Progress! Alliance:
The Work in Progress! Alliance is focused on unlocking the economic potential of young women and men in Egypt, Nigeria and Somalia. The project aims to enable them to generate sustainable and living incomes – by finding regular employment or starting enterprises. Alliance partners include Oxfam, VC4Africa and Butterfly Works.
About Guaranty Trust Bank:
Guaranty Trust Bank is recognized as one of the most profitable and well-managed financial institutions in Africa for providing quality service, ethics, professionalism, integrity, innovation and internationally accepted corporate governance standards.
How  to Apply
May 31, 2016

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