©2020 by Queer Women in Business + Allies.

THE QWB+A STARTUPS PITCH CHALLENGE

Although there is an increasing number of African female founders, only 4.5% of startup deals since 2018 involved female founders. This number is unknown for queer womxn founders. 


It was thus no surprise when we discovered that over 60% of our queer womxn entrepreneurs in our network stated that the lack access to business development coaching and funding is a leading cause of stunted business growth. 


The QWB+A Startups Pitch Challenge is a 6 week virtual accelerator and pitch competition for queer womxn identifying entrepreneurs.

 

HOW IT WORKS

 
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LEARN

What does it take to build a successful business?

Immerse yourself in a 6 week online business development accelerator coached by seasoned entrepreneurs, industry experts and investors.

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PITCH

What does it take to deliver a winning pitch?

Pitch your business to a panel of investors.

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THRIVE

How do you gain access to a like-identifying mentor?

Win funding for your business and a years' worth of valuable mentorship.

"The QWB+A program was a high impact experience. In just a few weeks you are encouraged to think more deeply about your business and are given access to mentors who are usually just a wish from a LinkedIn search."

Lisle Jenneke, Co-Founder, Element Applications
2019 Startups Pitch Challenge Cohort Finalist

 

DATES TO NOTE

 

MAY 2020

Startups Pitch Challenge Roadshow: 6 cities in South Africa and Botswana

JUNE - JULY 2020

Program Applications Open

AUGUST - SEPTEMBER 2020

6 week Virtual Startups Pitch Challenge Program

NOVEMBER 2020

Live Pitch Competition

JANUARY - DECEMBER 2021

Monthly Business Coaching and Mentorship

 

2019 COACHES & MENTORS

ELLEN FISCHAT

Founder: Story Room

Ambassador: Inspiring Fifty South Africa
Destiny Top 50 Women in Tech, South Africa 2018

SIVU NXU

Marketing & Communications Lead: 

University of Cape Town

Graduate School of Business Solution Space

Startups Coach

KWENA MABOTJA

Director: Sub-Saharan Africa 
SAP Next-Gen

Innovation Network for the UNSDG
Mandela-Washington Fellow 2017
International Keynote Speaker

MDUDUZI GAMA

Entrepreneur: GMT Africa 

Founder & CEO: Verge Learning Group
Founder: GNM Capital

 

DR. MALVIN NKOMO

Founder: Hailer Technologies

Lecturer: Data Science 
Director: Startup GrindX Kimberley

NIVANI GOVINDER

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Field & Partner Marketing, Google Cloud (Africa, Middle East & Turkey)

HAYLEY ELWEN

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Business Development Director: Africa at ASSA ABLOY in South Africa

MMAKGOSI MOSUPI

Chief Information Officer: DFA

Board Member Sqwidnet
Board Member MCT Telecommunications
Bsc | MBL | MIT

 

BIRGIT SMYTHE

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Managing Director
Envisage Solutions

SIBONGILE MONGADI

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Founder: Uku'hamba Pty Ltd

 
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