Women Techpreneurs aims to enable the growth and creation of high growth potential tech-oriented business ideas and existing early-stage businesses through tailored training and mentorship, creative financial solutions, access to market linkages, and subject matter expertise.

The goals of Women Techpreneurs comprise the following:

  1. Equip women entrepreneurs with the required skills and knowledge for launching and growing a business.
  2. Improve investment readiness of women-led businesses by adopting sustainable business models, using tools such as Business Model Canvas, Financial Model, Information Memorandum and Pitch Deck and meeting all legal and compliance requirements other partner institutions
  3. Secure financing from AP and other investment institutions

Women Techpreneur consists of two main components

Investment Readiness Training and Advisory

Relevant business training and advisory program that allows an entrepreneur to make their business ready for external financing and investment.

Financing

Towards the end of the process select entrepreneurs will pitch their business/ idea to Accelerate Prosperity, financial institutions, impact investment funds from Pakistan and overseas for securing financing/ investments.

Training and Advisory:

It’s a unique approach where a pool of trainers, mentors, subject-matter experts and business coaches whose capacities are relevant to types of businesses selected for incubation services, design and lead the entire process. The process is specifically designed for new ideas and early stage businesses which have significant potential for growth and impact.

The modules covered in this component include

AP’s Financing Information:

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What’s in it for an Entrepreneur?

The Complete Women Techpreneur Journey of an Entrepreneur

Step 1:

Submission of Application: Submit your business idea for initial screening by Accelerate Prosperity.

Step 2:

Interviews of Shortlisted Applications: Appear in a face to face interview with a panel of judges for further evaluation.

Step 3:

Receive initial preparatory material form AP to prepare for the upcoming lectures and assignments.

Step 4:

Business Training & Advisory: Attend all the training sessions, one on one and group advisory sessions and work with your personal business coach to submit all the assignments to prepare to kickstart your business.

Step 5:

Pitch for Financing/ Investment: Pitch your business to Accelerate Prosperity and its partner institutions and network of investors for financing.

Step 6:

Due Diligence: Facilitate AP’s investment team in conducting the due diligence of your business to analyze its fitness for financing and the risks and returns.

Step 7:

Financing/ Investment: Finally based on the results of the due diligence report, receive financing from AP to launch or grow your business.
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WHO CAN APPLY?

  • Aspiring and existing women entrepreneurs in the GBC region with innovative technology-based business ideas or startups who are looking for a platform to start or grow a successful business.
  • New, innovative and unique ideas offering highly value adding, scalable and technological solutions and demonstrating potential for causing positive economic and social transformation will be preferred.
  • Business ideas from ALL sectors can apply.

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 is our Selection Criteria?

Business Criteria

  • A unique and innovative business idea 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.

Personal Criteria

  • 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, learn, ability and openness to constantly iterate, adapt and evolve based on changing conditions, realities or assumptions etc.
  • Past 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 with an innovative technology-based and transformational business idea or startup?

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