Women In Business  is a customized financing readiness program that prepares an entrepreneur and her business for growth.

The goals of Women In Business  are to enable the entrepreneurs to:

  • Develop and/or improve their business model, execution plan and existing processes
  • Present a strong case for potential financing and/or investment
  • Secure patient financing from Accelerate Prosperity or other financial institutions

Women In Business consists of two main components

Investment Readiness Training and Advisory

Relevant business training and advisory program that allows an entrepreneur to develop and/or improve their business model and execution plan and present a case for potential financing and/or investments. It also helps the entrepreneurs to document their business and meet all legal and compliance requirements to be able make their business ready for external financing and investment.

Financing

Patient financing, investments and/ or investor linkages to help businesses achieve their growth milestones.

Training and Advisory:

It’s a unique approach where a pool of trainers, mentors (successful entrepreneurs), subject-matter experts and business coaches design and lead the entire process. The process is specifically designed for existing businesses which have significant potential for growth and impact.
The training modules include

Financing Information:

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What is in it for an Entrepreneur?

The Complete Journey of an Entrepreneur

Step 1:

Submission of Application.

Step 2:

Interviews of Shortlisted Applications.

Step 3:

Business Training & Advisory.

Step 4:

Pitch for Financing/ Investment.

Step 5:

Due Diligence (Business Diagnosis) for AP’s Financing.

Step 6:

Financing/ Investments.

Who do we work for?

We work with women owned existing businesses from across Gilgit Baltistan and Chitral from all industries, sectors and value chains relevant and applicable in Pakistan.

Who can apply?

  • Existing Businesses with Revenue Streams.
  • Businesses with new, innovative and unique business models offering highly value adding, scalable and technological solutions and demonstrating potential for causing positive economic and social transformation will be preferred.

Who cannot apply?

  • Businesses involved in practices that are illegal, unethical and/or cause substantial damage to the environment.
  • Not-For-Profit business ideas or institutions.

What do we look for in a business?

  • A unique and innovative business model with potential for causing or contributing to positive economic and social transformation.
  • A clear market niche, sound target market and customer base.
  • Realistic competitive advantage in terms of price, quality and easy/ large access.
  • Strong revenue and profit models, potential for scalability and growth.
  • Strong value chain effect.
  • Impact potential.

What do we look for in an entrepreneur?

  • Strong entrepreneurial traits, including (but not limited to) leadership qualities, risk taking, street smartness, ability to do more with less etc.
  • Coachable team, including (but not limited to) openness to advisory, ability and openness to constantly iterate, adapt and evolve based on changing conditions, realities, or assumptions etc.
  • Experience in doing business, or as an employee in a similar industry, or subject matter expertise relevant to the product/ service.

Are you a women entrepreneur from Gilgit Baltistan and Chitral with an existing business with the potential to make a positive social impact while making good commercial returns?

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