The Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi), in partnership with the City of Cape Town, is recruiting for their 10-week Top Tech Tools for Women in Business programme, aimed at helping female entrepreneurs advance their digital competencies, and gain practical skills on how to effectively use tech in their businesses.
The programme aims to create an empowering atmosphere for women who are eager to infuse technology into their businesses. The programme boasts a supportive and creative environment that exposes female entrepreneurs to the latest available technology resources to improve and grow their business.
A digitally enabled business has the capacity to navigate challenges and opportunities in a streamlined and more efficient manner. As part of the select group of women business owners that form the core of our fully funded Women in Business Programme, female founders are given the opportunity to invest their time and effort in knowledge and skills that will enable both business and personal growth trajectories.
Participants will benefit from access to comprehensive information and experience shared by highly skilled facilitators and mentors. The program provides a forum for entrepreneurs to introduce efficient systems and processes through the implementation of technology products and services that promote growth, sustainability and scale-up.
The programme is implemented through a series of facilitated interactive sessions. These sessions are designed to clarify, test and apply business learnings whilst maximising peer-to-peer knowledge sharing practices.
Participants are provided with the opportunity to focus on strengthening their personal entrepreneurial abilities while learning critical business skills, allowing for the intellectual space to focus in a flexible and accessible way.
Participants are guided through each stage of business development via monthly face-to-face community mentorship sessions during which they are given the opportunity to learn, share information and collaborate. The programme has been adapted to suit an exclusively online engagement strategy, and participants will have access to additional online learning components.
Lara Rosmarin, Head of Incubation and Entrepreneurial Development at the Cape Innovation & Technology Initiative (CiTi), says, “Despite recent events, the CiTi team is determined to deliver a successful Women in Business programme. We’ve adapted a sizable portion of our programme to an online format to play our part in social distancing to limit the spread of COVID-19.”
To qualify and apply for the Top tech tools for women in business programme, applicants should meet the following criteria:
• Female founders and CEOs with a desire to introduce or improve technology in their businesses (at least 51% female-owned).
• Business must be registered (CIPC) and operational for at least 6-12 months.
• Applicants must be 25 years or older.
• Be available to attend weekly workshops every Tuesday morning (Woodstock) and Thursday morning (Khayelitsha) for the duration of 10 weeks physical workshops (August-December 2020) where applicable, however we have adapted a sizable portion of the programme to be done online.
• Be available once a month for online support and mentorship sessions for a duration of the 10 months starting in September 2020 (September 2020–June 2021).
For more information, and to apply, click here.