About yher accelerator

We believe the Future is Female.

We know women are vibrant and vital architects of society.

We know women are the best levers for change in our world.

We also know female entrepreneurs need to be championed.

With the amazing successes of the yher program in Africa – a place where more women are pursuing entrepreneurship per capita than anywhere else in the world – we’re expanding our search for unrivalled entrepreneurial women. Women running high-impact ventures in Bangladesh will be eligible to apply for our accelerator program and receive all the support and benefits that accompany it.

Apply now for access to world-class training, funding and support for your venture.

Program Dates: 9th-14th September 2018Program Location: Nadi, Fiji

The program

Our exclusive accelerator program aims to back female-led impact ventures across the Pacific.

Our program runs in a number of stages:

ACCELERATOR

A week-long intensive entrepreneurship program designed to fast track your early stage venture. We’ll provide training and mentorship while also connecting you to an inspiring group of fellow female entrepreneurs working hard to create a better world.

MENTORSHIP

Connection to a network of mentors from across the world throughout the Accelerator week, providing you with a wealth of entrepreneurship experience to help you build a bulletproof strategy for impact and growth.

HIGH-TEA

An opportunity for you to network with potential funders, mentors and supporters and to pitch your venture as the week comes to a close at an exclusive, invite-only high-tea event.

FUNDING

A total of $25,000 in prize funding is available for the winners of our peer review and audience votes.

GROWTH SUPPORT

Potential to qualify for Growth support, including ongoing tailored support and grant or investment funding of $10,000 to $50,000 AUD to help scale your venture.

COMMUNITY

Ongoing connection with our virtual community to help you along your entrepreneurial journey. Keep each other inspired and accountable with monthly check-ins, mastermind sessions and knowledge sharing.

Why Us?

It’s simple. We truly believe that change is driven by socially conscious businesses and we want to see women running bigger and better ventures.

We are entrepreneurs ourselves. We’ve started highly successful social enterprises, run global campaigns and accelerated 300 startup impact ventures across five countries, helping change the lives of more than 400,000 people living in poverty. We have also been the first to invest in some game-changing startups in Kenya and South Africa.

We don’t take equity in your venture, in fact we don’t even charge you for the program! We’ll cover the cost of everything apart from your travel to the Accelerator.

We take you through a tried and tested curriculum designed specifically BY women FOR women.

We take a holistic approach to our program, accelerating not just your venture but YOU as an entrepreneur, ensuring you have the tools, techniques, courage and tribe of women supporting you to handle the roller coaster journey that is life as an impact entrepreneur.

Apply

Who we’re looking for:

Female-Led Ventures: You must have at least one female co-founder who will participate in the program.

Local: You intimately understand the problem that you are trying to solve.

Social Impact: Your venture must exist to improve the lives of people living in poverty.

Support Women and Girls: While not required, we preference ventures that have a clear mandate or mission to uplift females in some way.

In the Early Stages: You will have already launched a venture or run a pilot and have some early traction or proof of concept. You will typically have less than 100 customers or clients and have been in operation less than two years.

Program Dates: 9th-14th September 2018Program Location: Nadi, Fiji

FAQs

Have a question? Check out our FAQs first to see if we’ve answered it. If not, get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to answer any question you have.

Your venture must have an impact on people living in poverty and we will preference ventures that have a clear mandate or mission to uplift females in some way.

Yes, as long as it is the female founder who attends the Accelerator week.

No, not as a requirement of the program. However as an alumni of the program, you will be eligible to apply for our Growth program. If successful, you will have the option of receiving an investment in the form of debt/equity or a grant, depending on the state of your venture.

We encourage you to use your networks or crowd funding sites to raise the funds necessary to cover your travel. If you have made attempts to raise funds yourself and are still unable to afford to attend, we do have some travel scholarships available.

Unfortunately, we can only accommodate one founder per venture. You’ll need to decide which of you is best to attend.

Unfortunately, no. We strongly believe in the power of local leaders with solutions to local problems, so we are looking to support ideas by locals for locals.

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Unfortunately, no. We are looking for ventures (they can be non-profit, social enterprise or for-profit) with a clear social impact that is core to your business model, not just an accidental by-product. We generally want to see evidence of this in the way you have structured your venture or your communications (website/social media etc.). It must be evident there is a clear value and priority placed on the social impact the venture generates.

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