By Juliet Umeh
Not less than 15 women-led businesses from Nigeria and Kenya are set to participate in the six-month business cohort 2 programme of a Nigeria and Kenya technology hubs, Co-creation Hub and iHub.
According to the partners, the cohort 2 is following the success and impact of the first cohort of the Women in Business programme, which supported technology entrepreneurs in Kenya and opened up to women-led businesses as a whole on how these women can better leverage technology to scale their solutions in the African market.
It said the programme kicked off with a virtual workshop on Thursday, October 1, and Friday, October 2, 2020, to share with the startups the programme’s mechanics and expectations during the 6-month period of the programme.
The programme will enhance how women-led businesses leverage technology to better serve their market, build the capacity of women-led businesses to secure capital, catalyze the expansion efforts of women-led businesses in the African market.
It will also build the capacity of female entrepreneurs to attract, develop and retain quality talent and create access to market opportunities
CcHub said, “One key aspect of our programmes is connecting startups to experts in particular sectors/fields.
“This cohort’s programme will feature a women-centric industry expert network from the technology sector and other relevant fields as guest expert/facilitator at monthly meetings, industry advisor that will be attached to a specific startup, and Industry advisor accessible via flexible office hours.
“These businesses will be able to benefit in the following ways; they will be able to use technology to achieve a strategically differentiated business that speaks to the heart of customer needs; an ability to speak investor language and leverage sound financial understanding of a business to secure capital and partnerships,” it added.