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Women in Africa (WIA) 54 2021

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted April 8, 2021 from Brazil
Expired on May 6, 2021
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Women in Africa (WIA) 54 2021 banner

Introduced in 2017, the WIA 54 programme promotes women entrepreneurship in Africa. Each year, it endows 54 African women entrepreneurs from 54 African countries with a comprehensive support package consisting of training, communication, mentoring and networking.

In 2021, WIA rolls out its 2030 plan, which multiplies the number of beneficiaries of the programme by 10!

This year, before appointing the 54 laureates, the jury will make an initial selection of 10 finalists per country. Thus, 540 women candidates will benefit from training and coaching. Through this newly introduced initiative, WIA aims at supporting more than 10,000 women entrepreneurs, indirectly contributing to the creation of 100,000 jobs, by 2030.

From this strengthened pool of entrepreneurs, the jurors will then select the 54 country laureates and 9 sectoral prize winners who will receive a comprehensive package of support to further boost their success!

What are the different types of  status in the WIA54 community?
• Candidates of the competition: all participants to the call for  applications. 
• Country fnalists: 10 women pre - selected in each country.
• Country laureates: 54 women representing the 54 countries selected from the country finalists. 
• Revelations: laureates by  category. 

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Who can apply?
Any African woman  entrepreneur whose business is  in Africa. 
The criteria are as follows: 
1. Business created or led by an  African woman;
2. Startup created less than 5  years ago;
3. First  traction  on  the  market  (sales, number of users, funds raised);
4. Be part of one of the 8  categories (below);
5. Applicants can only compete in a category that is their primary business category. 

The categories are as follows: 
> Education
> Health
> Digital
> Fintech
> Agriculture
> Sustainable development
> Beauty industries
> Creative Industries.

The program provides:
a) Mentoring;
b) Training;
c) Network;
d) Visibility.

Application deadline: 7 May 2021.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Apr 08
Apr 08

Friendly reminders:
1. Study similar calls (open and closed ones) that interest you, in order to discover what they have in common and how you can think ahead/plan to apply = increase your chances of success!
2. Prepare/update paperwork (certificates and attests usually required by calls such this one);
3. Write - baby steps... - and discuss a project draft, to validate within your group the priorities of the proposal(s) and to train your grant writing skills as well;
4. Do not wait to find a call and then start writing your proposal / project. Start now!!!
5. Do visit regularly the World Pulse website to make customized searches for grant opportunities. How?
a) Click on the Menu (left upper corner);
b) Type the name of your country in the search area (blank space); click enter;
c) Click on Filters;
d) Click on Resource;
e) Browse the results (opportunities) that will show up, by chronological order of posting;
6. Spread the word about your failures and achievements in grant requests. Yes, tell these stories too... They will enlighten and inspire your network;
7. Share the opportunities that do not apply to you but can interest others;
8. Instead of copying this posting in order to share it, please forward the link of this page. Hence more people will get to know World Pulse, this website and/or its Resources section!
Ana Isabel

Jill Langhus
Apr 09
Apr 09

Great! Thanks, Ana!