Empowering female entrepreneurs to build and lead high-growth businesses and disrupt traditionally male-dominated sectors.

Women are still underrepresented in many sectors and industries in South Africa. At Seed Academy, we’re passionate about speeding up the transformation of these traditionally male-dominated sectors.

To get the job done and driven by the belief that women not only create economic growth but uplift communities and create a more equitable future for all, we built AccelerateHer.

Women Entrepreneurship Development
Empowering Female Entrepreneurs

Empowering female entrepreneurs

AccelerateHer is a programme that empowers women and shifts their mindsets to build high-growth businesses that create jobs and impact economies; and enables corporate sponsors to boost their B-BBEE scorecards while targeting sector-based gender gaps in South African entrepreneurship.

The intervention takes a holistic approach to the development of women entrepreneurs – building business skills alongside technical and social skills, while addressing psycho-social issues and the challenges women in business face.

Why AccelerateHer

Targeted development

An in-depth business assessment, bespoke development plan and 360 degree award winning women’s development assessment, ensures each entrepreneur receives the relevant and personalized support they need to really shift the dial

Critical business skills

High-impact, practical business skills workshops equip entrepreneurs with business knowledge and skills to refine the business and strategy, as well as build and grow the business

Sector-specific technical skills

Group and one-on-one sessions assist entrepreneurs to further develop their technical skills & knowledge, meet industry compliance requirement, address sector-specific issues and gain access to industry networks

Multiple touchpoints

A combination of one-on-one, peer-to-peer and group sessions allows entrepreneurs to ‘learn’ in a variety of ways

Exclusively for women

Women specific masterclasses and one-on-one coaching address the specific psycho-social issues and barriers women in business face

Disrupting male-dominated sectors

Builds the confidence and capacity of female entrepreneurs to disrupt male-dominated sectors with a specific focus on ICT and Artisans

Community is at the core of this programme. Why? Because we know that women learn and thrive in communities. But it’s also just good business sense. According to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor’s 2020/2021 report, knowing an entrepreneur personally can lead to better access to resources like growth financing. It can also boost business credibility and the absorption of business expertise.

Are you ready to advance the disruption of male-dominated sectors? Is closing the gender gap in entrepreneurship a part of your vision for the future?

If yes, AccelerateHer is for you.

Through AccelerateHer, corporate sponsors can support entrepreneurs at any stage in their development. We also offer versions of the programme that are adapted for specific sectors:

Construction, plumbing, electrical and mechanical: all the traditional “boys’ clubs”.

Service-based businesses like marketing, catering and corporate gifting.

We enable all kinds of tech entrepreneurs: FinTech, AgriTech, HealthTech, you name it!

Ready to Change the Narrative of Female Entrepreneurship in South Africa.

If you’re an entrepreneur or transformation champion looking to lead the way and bridge the gender gap across sectors – speak to us

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