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Africa-UK: Female Tech Founders 2020 Programme for women entrepreneurs (Fully Funded to United Kingdom)

Application Deadline: 21 November 2019 at 5pm (GMT)

Are you a rising female entrepreneur based in Nigeria, Kenya or South Africa using tech to solve a local development challenge? 

The International Tech Hub Network is today launching Africa-UK: Female Tech Founders 2020. The programme will bring 15 of the continent’s most ambitious development-focused women entrepreneurs to the UK in January. If you’re based in Nigeria, Kenya or South Africa, you could gain access to world-class mentoring, 1:1 time with UK investors and expert training to help scale your company. 

Diversity is good for business. Research by Tech Nation shows that businesses with diverse boards raise more investment and report higher turnovers.

Programme details

Across a three day tailored programme (20 – 22 January), participants will benefit from masterclasses, events and workshops designed to provide in-depth training on how to scale and grow their business, expand into the UK, and how best to position their purpose-driven organisations. Participants will discover the UK’s thriving tech ecosystem, exploring new opportunities for global partnerships and increased investment through peer-to-peer networking.

The agenda will include: 

  • Training session led by successful female tech leaders sharing their funding journey
  • Masterclass event covering: protecting IP and raising offshore funding; accessing finance; scaling a purpose driven social impact business; protecting customers’ data
  • Roundtable with GEP alumni addressing scaling successfully in the UK
  • Tailored mentoring event with UK startups, including female founders
  • Innovation tour of co-working spaces, including Google Campus
  • Networking dinner with UK and African entrepreneurs

Activities will be delivered by UK tech experts and the Department for International Trade’s Global Entrepreneur Programme (GEP) Dealmakers and alumni, including prominent female tech leaders. 


Flights, accommodation and meals will be covered by the International Tech Hub Network


1. Female founder leading a company within any tech sub-sector
2. Can demonstrate a clear business model
3. MVP product or prototype (i.e. must be fully operating in market)
4. Can demonstrate clear social impact potential
5. Can demonstrate commitment to strengthen the local ecosystem by passing on learnings to other startups
6. Ambition to expand internationally in the future

The programme will be delivered alongside the Africa Investment Summit, taking place in London on 20 January. We expect winners to be able to attend the Summit.

Apply now

The International Tech Hub Network welcomes applications from female founders based in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa who are using technology to tackle local issues – apply now.

Five founders from each country will be selected to join the delegation to the UK in January 2020. Find eligibility criteria and further details in the application form – deadline is 21 November 5pm (GMT).


Applications close 21 November at 5pm (GMT)

Selected participants will be notified by 5 December

Travel dates to the UK: 19 – 22 January

Programme dates: 20 – 22 January

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Africa-UK: Female Tech Founders 2020 Programme

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