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  The International Finance Corporation (a member of the World Bank Group) says it is now receiving applications from women entrepreneurs who want to take part in its ‘She Wins Africa’ program. Through this initiative, it intends to provide women who run businesses on the continent with the training, mentorship and networking opportunities they need to make their businesses succeed.
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The ‘She Wins Africa’ program is part of a broader drive by the IFC aimed at supporting women in the private sector across the world. The institution envisions a future marked by greater gender equality and sees its efforts in the business arena as contributing to the actualization of this vision.
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This program will provide women entrepreneurs with the following benefits:
  • Be trained in investment readiness and business capacity building in order to increase their chances of receiving finance from investors and formal lenders
  • Open up avenues for women-owned businesses to receive support of various kinds, including investment, informed by gender concerns
  • Participate in matchmaking events featuring women entrepreneurs and potential investors
  • Take part in pitching competitions, fine-tune their pitching deck and skills, and receive feedback from investors
  • Expose their startup to an international audience

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This program is open to persons who meet the following conditions:
  • Must be a female aged at least 21 years
  • Own and run a business that has been in operation for at least 1 year
  • Their business must be headquartered in a sub-Saharan African country
  • They must be fluent in English
  • Participants must be willing to attend online training sessions and travel to networking events which will take place over the course of the 12-month program
  • Note: The IFC will cover travel costs
Applications will remain open until September 15, 2023. If you would like to apply for this program, you can do so HERE. Featured Image Source: Opportunities For Africans
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This article was first published on 23rd August 2023


Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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