Google Africa has joined forces with C. Moore Media and Allison+Partners to launch the fourth edition of The Future is Female Mentorship Program. This unique initiative aims to empower and support African female tech founders by providing them with resources, opportunities, and mentorship. With applications now open, the program offers a platform for female entrepreneurs to gain insights into PR and communications, VC funding, media relations, and more. The collaboration between Google Africa, C. Moore Media, and Allison+Partners is set to boost the visibility and growth of African women-led startups.
The Future is Female Mentorship Program, launched on Africa Day in 2020 by C. Moore Media International PR, has witnessed a significant increase in applications in recent years. With a growth rate of over 160%, the program has received applications from 36 African countries in 2022. Recognizing the challenges faced by African female tech founders in a male-dominated industry, the program aims to bridge the support gap and provide much-needed expertise and guidance.
The collaboration with Google Africa aligns with the goals and objectives of the Google for Startups Accelerator: Women Founders Africa Program. This partnership enables selected alumni from the Google program to participate in The Future is Female Mentorship Program. By joining forces, the organizations aim to empower women founders on the continent, offering them the resources and opportunities to scale their startups and address African challenges.
In addition to Google Africa, the fourth edition of the program welcomes the participation of the Salesforce Ventures Impact Fund. Salesforce Ventures has a strong interest in Africa and has invested in several Africa-focused tech startups, including Flutterwave and Andela. As part of the program, Salesforce Ventures Impact Fund will host a session on VC funding for the selected female founders from across Africa, providing valuable insights into securing venture capital for their startups.
Program Details and Benefits:
The 2023 edition of The Future is Female Mentorship Program offers a virtual learning experience, allowing mentees to participate in customized masterclasses and sessions tailored to their specific business sectors. The program curriculum covers various areas, including VC funding, PR and communications, storytelling, media relations, and more. Special consideration will be given to startups focused on health, education, finance, agriculture, sustainability, as well as those addressing the needs of African women and girls.
The program will feature renowned mentors, including Claudine Moore, the Founder and Managing Director of Africa at Allison+Partners, as well as Tope Adubi and David Idagu. Techcabal and Africa Communications Week will return as official partners for the third consecutive year, further enriching the mentorship experience.
The Future is Female Program Application Process:
Female founders building tech startups in Africa or for Africa are encouraged to apply for The Future is Female Mentorship Program. The application portal is open until Monday, June 26, 2023. The successful female founders selected to participate in the program will be announced on Tuesday, July 25, 2023.
The collaboration between Google Africa, C. Moore Media, and Allison+Partners for the fourth edition of The Future is Female Mentorship Program represents a significant step towards empowering and supporting African female tech founders. By providing resources, mentorship, and opportunities, the program aims to increase the visibility and growth of women-led startups in Africa. With an emphasis on sectors such as health, education, finance, agriculture, sustainability, and women’s and girls’ needs, the program seeks to foster diversity and innovation in the African tech ecosystem. Female founders are encouraged to apply and seize this unique opportunity to advance their entrepreneurial journey.