Applications are officially open for a new entrepreneurship program – the Future Females Business School, powered by the UK-SA Tech Hub. This is a twelve week virtual program, that will equip local female entrepreneurs with the entrepreneurial skills needed to start and grow successful and sustainable businesses, that utilise technology to not only generate wealth for themselves, but to have a positive impact in their community, or environment.
“Our partnership with the UK-SA Tech Hub arose out of the need for greater skills development support for South African female entrepreneurs, in particular for those entrepreneurs in underserved regions, who generally do not have access to programs of this nature” states Lauren Dallas, Co-Founder of Future Females.
Low economic growth in South Africa (GEM states just 1.3% growth in GDP for 2017), has resulted in a drop in the number of women who are participating in entrepreneurship.
“We’re really hoping to empower aspiring entrepreneurs to get started on their journey and to overcome the pervasive fear of failure that exists, particularly with female entrepreneurs. Starting can often be the most difficult part!” says Shirley Gilbey, UK-SA Tech Hub Director.
Who is this program for?
This program is for any South African female entrepreneur with an idea or early-stage business, who is ready to upskill and utilise technology to bring their businesses to life!
“We want to work with the women who are passionate about their idea, about technology, and about having a positive social impact – who want to build businesses that won’t just benefit themselves, but also their community and the world around them,” continues Lauren Dallas.
What’s included in the program?
The Future Females Business School, powered by UK-SA Tech Hub is a 3 month program, made up of 12 content modules, that step entrepreneurs through the building blocks of turning their ideas into full-fledged businesses. Members will learn how to write an effective business plan, how to find and reach their ideal customers and how to use technology to build their online presence and scale. The program also features guest experts – serial entrepreneurs, executives, coaches – who cover critical personal development topics such as how to overcome fear of failure, and how to uncover your true passion.
The program is delivered online, however will have a launch and graduation event held in Cape Town, with all members invited to attend – to network, meet the team, and celebrate their achievements and businesses!
Who are Future Females and the UK-SA Tech Hub?
Future Females is a movement that exists to increase the number of and better support the success of female entrepreneurs. Future Females has shown immense growth since its conception in August 2017 in Cape Town, currently boasting a presence in 18 locations world-wide, hosting regular events for their engaged community of over 12 000 members, and offering the Future Females Business School online training program.
The UK-SA Tech Hub has been established as part of the UK’s Digital Access Programme (DAP), a UK Government Prosperity Fund initiative. The UK-SA Tech Hub aims to develop a stronger South African digital ecosystem through the development of skills, entrepreneurship and business partnerships.
How to apply?
Applications are open now for the Future Females Business School, powered by UK-SA Tech Hub. The application starts with simply completing a form and describing your idea, and then moves on to a 1:1 consultation with a program team member. This consultation will help you validate your idea and direction, and ensure this program is the best fit for you.
Applications are open NOW, with 50 spots available:
Find out more information about this program and apply