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
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.
What does it take to deliver a winning pitch?
Pitch your business to a panel of investors.
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
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
Live Pitch Competition
JANUARY - DECEMBER 2021
Monthly Business Coaching and Mentorship
2019 COACHES & MENTORS
Founder: Story Room
Ambassador: Inspiring Fifty South Africa
Destiny Top 50 Women in Tech, South Africa 2018
Marketing & Communications Lead:
University of Cape Town
Graduate School of Business Solution Space
Director: Sub-Saharan Africa
Innovation Network for the UNSDG
Mandela-Washington Fellow 2017
International Keynote Speaker
Entrepreneur: GMT Africa
Founder & CEO: Verge Learning Group
Founder: GNM Capital
DR. MALVIN NKOMO
Founder: Hailer Technologies
Lecturer: Data Science
Director: Startup GrindX Kimberley
Field & Partner Marketing, Google Cloud (Africa, Middle East & Turkey)
Business Development Director: Africa at ASSA ABLOY in South Africa
Chief Information Officer: DFA
Board Member Sqwidnet
Board Member MCT Telecommunications
Bsc | MBL | MIT
Founder: Uku'hamba Pty Ltd