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Gender Equity and Advancement Accelerator

Acumen Academy Gender Equity and Advancement Accelerator

Fully Funded
Apr 21 - Jun 30, 2022
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Acumen Academy’s vision is of a world based on dignity, where every human being has an opportunity to thrive. It is seeking a cohort of entrepreneurs who believe that considering gender equity across strategies, processes, and day-to-day work improves how we address the problems of poverty, including the disproportionate problems for women in poverty, and thereby magnifies our impact.

To support social entrepreneurs committed to leading the change in gender equity and advancement, the new accelerator will equip leaders with the moral leadership lessons, business skills, and learnings from portfolio companies to confidently scale their enterprises and embed gender-inclusive approaches into their models.

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What can you learn?

  • Refine as well as develop a profitable and scalable business model
  • Embed and expand gender equity into your business through the market, workforce, as well as value-chain entry points
  • Also, develop hard-edged leadership skills that are necessary for building better, inclusive, and sustainable business solutions
  • Sharpen your presentation skills and practice pitching to an audience of investors and entrepreneurs
  • In addition, build a professional network and lifelong community of social entrepreneurs in East and West Africa who are committed to tackling injustice

What’s Included

  • Six Learning Labs alongside your cohort of entrepreneurs
  • Three one-on-one consultation calls with the Acumen team
  • Video tutorials on customer discovery, sales and marketing, financial modeling, pitching, and more
  • Unconscious bias training, workshops, as well as self-assessment strategies for embedding gender inclusivity into your scaling plan
  • In addition, case studies from social enterprises that have successfully scaled and contributed to gender equity and advancement

Key Dates

Applications Open: January 11th, 2022

Program Starts: April 21st, 2022


  • who runs a social enterprise based in East (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan, Ethiopia) or West Africa (Nigeria, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Liberia, the Gambia)
  • Have a demonstrated track record of at least 12-18 months, some market traction, and are preparing to scale
  • Moreover, have a team equivalent to three or more full-time staff
  • Have a commitment to serving women across three entry points, and evidence of action in at least one:
  1. Market (products and services)
  2. Internal organization (workforce and policies)
  3. Value chain (supply and distribution)



Type of Opportunity Entrepreneurship Events
Event Date21 April,2022 to 30 June,2022
Deadline09 February,2022
FieldOnline Entrepreneurship Accelerator
Open tosocial enterprise based in East or West Africa
OrganizerAcumen Academy
Contact the organizer[email protected]



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