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New programme launches for women-led Nigerian startups

The Women in Business Growth Lab is accepting applications for their three-month programme for early-stage women-led startups in Nigeria….

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The Women in Business Growth Lab is accepting applications for their three-month programme for early-stage women-led startups in Nigeria.

The programme is hosted by Connect Lab and aims to accelerate business profit and sustainable enterprises to increase job creation in Africa.

Applications for The Women in Business Growth Lab closes on 30 November 2020.

The programme is structured to eliminate inequalities faced by women in business through entrepreneurship development, access to financing, networking, and learning.

Connect Lab is an innovation lab that focuses on African startups. The Lab aims to develop the next generation to drive social enterprises, develop Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and accelerate the entrepreneurship ecosystem through entrepreneurship development, policy advocacy, and startup investment.

The creation of the Women in Business Growth Lab is targeted at the African tech ecosystem through impact investment. The Connect Lab is supporting 40 female entrepreneurs by covering four key components of the programme which include, The Co-creation and Value Proposition Bootcamp, Incubation Programme, Women in Business Deal Day, and the Growth Mentorship Exchange.

Connect Lab will be awarding one innovative startup with a $1 500 equity-free grant. In addition, the programme offers access to a network of partners and community and support in business and administrative work. This also includes access to industry experts through mentorship, access to investor funding, and office space.

  • Applicants should be passionate about accelerating their startups
  • Must be between the ages of 18 to 35 years old
  • Applicants must be the founder, co-founder, or Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the startup
  • Applicants must have an early-stage or Minimum Viable Product (MVP) startup
  • Applicants must be physically available to attend the program in Abuja
  • Applicants must be female.
  • Women entrepreneurs who occupy the position of the founder, co-founder, or CTO of a Nigerian early-stage startup can apply online for the Women in Business Growth Lab to contribute to social sustainability and inclusion in the African tech ecosystem.

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    Source: https://ventureburn.com/2020/11/new-programme-launches-for-women-led-nigerian-startups/

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    ZwartTech launches Talent Foundation to equip Africans with digital skills

    Lagos-based ZwartTech has announced the launch of its new edtech, Zwart Talent Foundation (ZTF) in a statement on 30 July 2021.

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    Lagos-based ZwartTech has announced the launch of its new edtech, Zwart Talent Foundation (ZTF) in a statement today.

    The foundation aims to equip young Africans with ICT skills necessary to close the growing African skills gap. The project has also set aside 70% of recruitment positions for African women.

    87% of African CEOs are concerned about the digital skills gap

    According to a report by PwC, featured in 2020’s Digital Skills Insights publication, 79% of global CEOs are worried about the availability of digital skills in their workforces, with 87% of African CEOs sharing the same concern.

    “We launched the Zwart Talent Foundation to help Africans quickly combat poverty by giving them the chance to acquire tech skills as well as connecting them to international job opportunities. This will enable them to earn more and boost their economic status,” commented Nelson Tosin Ajulo, Chairman of ZTF in a statement.

    ZTF’s three-pronged approach to tackling this skills gap means participants are led through the process from initial skills training to launching successful, sustainable careers.

    The foundation aims to equip 2 000 Africans with critical ICT skills and recruit them into global companies over the next five years.

    The Zwart Academy

    Participants are first trained through the Zwart Academy in cybersecurity and Javascript for six months at no cost, giving them the necessary foundation to complete a one-year internship with Zwart Tech on completion.

    “We have also realised that the quality of ICT education in Africa is inadequate. Considering this, students who join the Foundation will become Junior Developers in less than three years compared to attending a university and spending four or five years on the same course,” stated Ajulo.

    Zwart Recruit

    Zwart Recruit aims to support African ICT developers by connecting them with international companies looking for employees specialising in digital skills.

    The Zwart Hub

    The Hub is an accelerator programme that takes startups from concept to scaling their business on a global scale through mentorship and support from successful, experienced startup owners and investors.

    While the global skills gap is worrying, considering automation may render many digital jobs obsolete in the near future, ZTF’s approach is different, according to Ajulo.

    “Our approach is not only innovative, but it also saves time and will help tackle inequality faster, bridging gaps between social classes. The Academy training program involves a lot of practicals and it is free,” she concluded.

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    Featured image: Zwart Talent Foundation Chairman, Nelson Tosin Ajulo (Supplied)

    “We launched the Zwart Talent Foundation to help Africans quickly combat poverty by giving them the chance to acquire tech skills as well as connecting them to international job opportunities. This will enable them to earn more and boost their economic status,” commented Nelson Tosin Ajulo, Chairman of ZTF in a statement.

    Source: https://ventureburn.com/2021/07/zwarttech-launches-talent-foundation-to-equip-africans-with-digital-skills/

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    OneDayOnly’s daily deals reaffirms SA liquor industry support

    SA’s leading flash sale site OneDayOnly has announced its continued assistance to the local liquor industry through the recent move to Level 4 lockdown.

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    SA’s leading flash sale site OneDayOnly has announced its continued assistance to the local liquor industry through the recent move to Level 4 lockdown.

    The e-commerce site has displayed resilience and innovation through previous alcohol bans by allowing vendors to keep taking orders, thereby supporting many local businesses to continue seeing a profit. “During the previous lockdowns we continued to support the local liquor industry by running weekly promotions that made wine and other locally produced products available for purchase on the site which was then delivered directly from the supplier as soon as trading resumed,” says Laurian Venter, Director for OneDayOnly.

    Continued support for local SA liquor industry

    In a report published in February 2021, the South African Liquor Brand owners Association (SALBA) published the cumulative economic losses incurred over the last three bans. Commenting on the report, SALBA CEO Kurt Moore said that not only is the industry and its people suffering, but the Government itself was experiencing considerable losses to the fiscus.

    The site will continue to run daily liquor deals through Level 4

    The report shows that the tax revenue loss (excluding excise) to the fiscus from the value chain arising from the bans amounted to R29.3- billion (equivalent to 2.3% of tax revenue) and direct excise tax revenue lost across the nation was R8.7-billion (equivalent to 21.2% of excise revenue).

    Moore clarified that SA’s GDP loss was approximately R51.9-billion. “If you factored in the loss of potential total capital formation – some R21.7-billion (equivalent to 0.3% of national capital formation, or fixed capital investment in 2019) – then the prohibition measures could only be viewed as a national socio-economic disaster,” he said.

    The e-commerce site will be running daily liquor deals, Wine Wednesday, Thirsty Thursday and Festive Friday promotions and will deliver once the lockdown lifts to assist local farms and businesses with expenses and staff costs.

    Clarifying the decision, Venter concludes: “From a professional and personal standpoint, we have friends across both these industries that have been devastated by the last two lockdowns.”

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    The site will continue to run daily liquor deals through Level 4

    Source: https://ventureburn.com/2021/06/onedayonly-daily-liquor-deals-reaffirms-support-sa-industry/

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    She Loves Tech calls for African female-focused startups

    Applications are open for She Loves Tech, the world’s biggest startup competition for women in tech. Prizes of up to $50 000 available!

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    Applications are open for She Loves Tech, the world’s biggest startup competition for women in tech. The competition is hosting its seventh edition with prizes up to $50 000. This year’s focus hones in on African tech startups.

    Fundraising will be front and centre this year

    Since its inception, the global non-profit organisation has committed to closing the funding gap for women entrepreneurs and building an ecosystem for technology, entrepreneurship and innovation that creates opportunities for women. Fundraising will be front and centre this year and this pitch round will be held across over 40 countries. Partners of the event include ATAST, Beijing Women’s International Center, Circle, Girls in Tech Macau, Gobi Partners, Hatch and the Kerala Startup Mission.

    More than just a tech competition

    “Last year, we announced our new mission to catalyse $1-billion funding for startups coming through She Loves Tech by 2030,” says co-founder Rhea See.

    Startups can expect increased funding and one-on-one opportunities with leading VCs, mentoring hours, and direct cash and investment prizes throughout the series. Alumni startups from previous years have received over $250-million in aggregate funding from some of the world’s top investors, including Sequoia Capital, Vertex Ventures, Wavemaker, Microsoft and Amazon

    “She Loves Tech 2021 is more than a competition, it is an acceleration platform designed to take women-led and women impact startups to the next level,” remarks co-founder Leanne Robers. Previous participants include Arianna Huffington (Co-Founder & CEO, Thrive Global), Ann Cairns (Executive Vice Chair, Mastercard) and Mahmoud Mohieldin (UN Special Envoy on Financing the 2030 Agenda).

    “Without women, we are unable to solve the world’s greatest challenges. Women represent a new generation of innovation and disruptive thinking,” comments co-founder Virginia Tan.

    If you are a tech startup with at least one female founder or a majority of female consumers or end-users, apply here before registrations close.

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    Featured image: @canweallgo via Unsplash

    “She Loves Tech 2021 is more than a competition, it is an acceleration platform designed to take women-led and women impact startups to the next level,” remarks co-founder Leanne Robers. Previous participants include Arianna Huffington (Co-Founder & CEO, Thrive Global), Ann Cairns (Executive Vice Chair, Mastercard) and Mahmoud Mohieldin (UN Special Envoy on Financing the 2030 Agenda).

    Source: https://ventureburn.com/2021/06/she-loves-tech-calls-for-african-female-focused-startups/

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