Female entrepreneurs are the future of job creators and economic builders, and they have the potential to make a positive impact on the environment. To support this vision, the De Beers Group has launched the Trailblazer Accelerator program in partnership with WomHub, a boutique eco-system builder for women-led businesses in Science, Technology, Engineering, Manufacturing & Mining (STEM).
The De Beers Group Trailblazer Accelerator is an in-residence program for women-led technology or technology-enabled firms that are making a difference in waste reduction, green energy transition, water and hygiene, nature-based solutions, and biodiversity conservation. The program aims to develop and support female entrepreneurs through incubation and acceleration for meeting their ambitions and goals.
The Trailblazer Accelerator program is a nine-month hybrid leadership and business development opportunity for women based in South Africa, Namibia or Botswana who have founded businesses within technology with a sustainable environment focus. The program will focus on idea and business incubation, leadership development, funding, and pitch readiness, as well as mentorship, well-being, and financial coaching.
The De Beers Group’s 2030 ‘Building Forever’ framework is guided by four goals: leading ethical practices, partnering for thriving communities, protecting the natural world, and accelerating equal opportunity. The Trailblazer Accelerator program aligns with this framework and aims to grow existing sustainable tech businesses through access to deep insight into sustainability challenges and initiatives on the African continent, customized learning and development experiences tailored to Founder’s specific needs, access to mentorship, industry expertise, and leading-edge technology skills.
To be eligible for the program, applicants must be women who serve as founders or co-founders of a Science, Technology, Engineering, Manufacturing & Mining (STEM) business, citizens of either Botswana, Namibia, or South Africa, over the age of 18, and able to commit to the duration of the program commencing in May 2023 to January 2024.
To apply, visit https://www.womhub.com/open-applications.html