She Leads Africa opens application process for 2017 accelerator programme

15 May 2017
Financial Nigeria


The 2017 Accelerator is designed to identify, support and fund the next generation of female entrepreneurs.

Yasmin Belo-Osagie, Co-Founder, She Leads Africa

She Leads Africa (SLA), an African women’s empowerment enterprise, announced today that it has begun receiving applications for entry into its 2017 accelerator programme.

The Lagos-based organization said its 2017 Accelerator – designed to identify, support and fund the next generation of female entrepreneurs –  will take place in four locations across Nigeria: Abuja, Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, and Kaduna. The three-month programme will consist of one-week residencies in the four locations, where entrepreneurs will receive training from the SLA team as well as business leaders and experts.

“During these residencies, entrepreneurs will be focused on business strategy, growth, marketing, finance and distribution,” SLA said. “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.”

The 2017 SLA Accelerator will run in partnership with the Work in Progress! Alliance – a project sponsored by Oxfam, Butterfly Works, and Venture Capital for Africa. Work in Progress! is focused on driving job creation and youth employment in Nigeria, Egypt, and Somalia. The Kaduna Agribusiness cohort will be sponsored by OCP – one of the leading exporters of phosphate rock, phosphoric acid, and phosphate fertilizers in the world.

SLA said interested entrepreneurs should send their applications via its website. Entries will close on June 25th, 2017 at 11:59pm, West African Time.

Founded in 2014 by Yasmin Belo-Osagie and Afua Osei, She Leads Africa is a social enterprise dedicated to supporting young African women in their journey towards professional success through online content and offline programmes. SLA has built a community of over 300,000 members in over 30 countries across Africa.

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