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Female Founders Accelerator

Female Founders Accelerator 2019

The Female Founder Accelerator is a 12 month program designed to identify, train, mentor and fund the next generation of Africa’s female entrepreneurs.   This year event will shortlist 30 female small business  owners for the 12-month business support event, with 4 of the female entrepreneurs winning a grant of =N=250,000 each.

Successful candidates will be presented at The Female Founders Accelerator 2019 event on November 16, 2019 to commemorate the International Annual Woman Entrepreneurship day.


  • This year event will focus on the under listed businesses:

I. Hair and Beauty

ii. Food, Drinks & Confectioneries

iii. Fashion and Design

iv. Interior Décor

v. Event Planning

vi. Photography

  • Years in operations: Up to 2 years.
  • Applicant’s age: 18 – 40 years old.
  • Business must have been registered with CAC at the point of application
  • Start-ups are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply:

Click on the link to fill out your information and upload your business plan.

Send a 60 seconds video to to tell us why this is important to you. The subject of the mail should be your

business name.

Application ends on 10th Novemeber, 2019

How it will work

Qualified female business owners apply by completing the business plan form online

Our Business Plan Review Panel shortlists the best business plans

Shortlisted candidates are interviewed through telephone  conversations

30 successful candidates are shortlisted and contacted

Successful candidates are announced at the Founders’ Forum  event on November 16, 2019

4 female entrepreneurs are awarded a grant of =N=250,000 each at the event

30 candidates go through the mentorship and training program for 12 months.

Objectives of Female Founders Accelerator

The primary objective of the 12-month program is to empower the next generation of female entrepreneurs. We are aimed at entrenching entrepreneurship in Africa by helping the small scale female business owners succeed in their business ventures.  We want to train them, mentor them, help them source finances and where possible, investments for their businesses. We want to create a platform that will serve as spring board for the small scale female business owners in Nigeria.

The Female Founders Accelerator is an initiative of Metrowoman Empowerment Foundation in conjunction with CreditPRO Business Support Services Ltd. and Soar & Heritage, an SME focussed business training platform.

Benefits to a female entrepreneur:

Opportunity to win =N=250,000.00 in business grant

12 sessions of hands on class room training on entrepreneurship

12 months free mentorship from experienced business mentors

Access to up to N2m working capital loan

Chance to pitch your business to a room of investors

Free media publicity for the female entrepreneurs

Duration of Program: 12 months.