15 women-led Ugandan startups have been shortlisted for the Women Entrepreneurship for Africa (WE4A) project. The virtual Acceleration Program seeks to provide 100 female entrepreneurs from the TEF alumni network with grant funding, mentorship, and business opportunities.
The core objective of the Women Entrepreneurship for Africa (WE4A) program is to support 100 women-led enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa, to flourish and contribute to employment creation in their communities through enhanced business capacities, access to formal financial services, and integration into local and regional value chains.
Each startup is rewarded with €10,000 (disbursed in two tranches) if accepted to participate as part of the cohort and this will be paired with 3 months of technical support. There is also a further grant of up to €50,000 (disbursed in two tranches) if a startup is selected to be part of the top 15 startups that will receive access to the growth program.
To qualify for the program, there needs to be at least one female entrepreneur from the TEF Alumni network in the startup that takes part in the program.
List of Ugandan startups shortlisted for the Women Entrepreneurship for Africa
- Agriculture – Nampya Farmers Market
- Agriculture – Bwogi Farms
- Agriculture – Expert Boda
- Food and Beverages – Josmak International Ltd
- Food and Beverages – Kkerele
- Food and Beverages – Uganics Repellents Ltd
- Eco-Friendly – Eco-Pads Uganda Ltd
- Education & Training – Tonzi Skills
- Education & Training – Women Smiles
- Health – CHIL AI Lab Group
- Health – Dromedic
- Health – Rossana Health Convoy
- Health – Waiba Health Services
- Market Place – AgroTap
- Services – Abbi Labour Link
Benefits for startup participants
- Access to investment readiness training presented by topic experts
- Personalized support by an entrepreneur in a residence that will provide hands-on support in the growth of each startup
- 1-on-1 Mentorship
- Local ecosystem integration & network connections
- Demo Day with international investors
The Women Entrepreneurship for Africa (WE4A) program is an action jointly supported by the European Union (EU), the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS), and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), with implementation from the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) and the German Development Agency GIZ (E4D program). Running the growth and acceleration programs of WE4A is the Swiss Association for Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets (SAFEEM).