2017 Y-HER Accelerator Program for Female African Entrepreneurs: $50,000 Business Funding

Y-HER Accelerator Program

The 2017 Y-HER Accelerator Program for Female African Entrepreneurs is searching for the 15 most ambitious, game changing, female-led impact ventures in Africa.

The Y-HER Accelerator Program is a powerful opportunity for passionate female impact entrepreneurs in Africa who are at the early stages of building businesses and organizations that exist to change the lives of women and girls in Africa.

As, more women are pursuing entrepreneurship in Africa per capita than anywhere else in the world, SPARK is conducting a continent-wide search to bring together an unrivalled group of 15 African Female Founders for its Y-HER Accelerator.

Founders running high-impact ventures aimed at improving the lives and women and girls are the primary target.


Female-Led Ventures: You must have at least one female co-founder who will participate in the program.

Local: You intimately understand the problem that you are trying to solve.

Support Women and Girls: Your venture must exist to improve the lives of women and girls who are held back by poverty.

In the Early Stages: You will have already launched a venture or at least run a pilot and have some early traction or proof of concept. You will typically have less than 100 customers and have been in operation less than two years.

Features of the YHER Accelerator


A week-long intensive entrepreneurship program designed to fast track your early stage venture. We’ll provide training and mentorship while also connecting you to an inspiring group of fellow female entrepreneurs working hard to create a better world for women and girls.


Connection to a network of mentors from across the world throughout the Accelerator week, providing you with a wealth of entrepreneurship experience to help you build a bulletproof strategy for impact and growth.


An opportunity for you to network with investors, funders, mentors and supporters and to pitch your venture as the week comes to a close at an exclusive, invite-only high-tea event.


A total of $50,000 in prize funding is available for the winners of our peer review and audience votes.

Growth Support

Potential to qualify for Growth support, including ongoing tailored support and grant or investment funding of $10,000 to $50,000 AUD to help scale your venture.


Ongoing connection with our virtual community to help you along your entrepreneurial journey. Keep each other inspired and accountable with monthly check-ins, mastermind sessions and knowledge sharing.

How to Apply

Interested applicants are to apply by filling out an Online Application Form.


APPLICATIONS CLOSE: 22nd September 2017

Please note that the online application form must be completed by the applicant themselves. While you may ask for guidance and support from others, the form must reflect your ideas and your passion, expressed in your own words. Y-HER will conduct a phone/SKYPE interview with you if you are shortlisted.

For more information, please visit the main website of the Y-HER Accelerator Program.

Good luck as you apply!

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