Series A funding rounds can be an exhilarating yet daunting stage for a startup Founder, it signals growth and scalability but also the very real reality of having to face investors perhaps for the first time. Founders have worked tirelessly to get to this point but need support to successfully close their Series A funding round. In our experience, many Founders are not sufficiently prepared to meet investors and fall through the leaky pipeline.
Our accelerator programme supports this very important cohort given the opportunity to scale and create jobs. The 88-8 Bootcamp forms the primary basis for development and changed behaviour by the Female Founders. Our belief is that Founder development equals startup development.
Successfully scaling a startup requires shifting and changing deeply ingrained mindsets while adopting new competencies. The primary objective of our 12-week bootcamp is to prepare Founders to pitch to a panel of investors and ensure post-programmatic success.
BLOCKCHAIN AND FINTECH SERIES
We believe the future is female and it will be powered by Blockchain. Our accelerator programme will focus primarily on tech Female Founders from 2021 with a specific drive to create more seats at the Blockchain table for women.
The Blockchain programme launched in October 2020 during our birthday month, to mark our transition into the space and amplify our support for Blockchain Female Founders. The Blockchain and Fintech Series features local and international experts and Founders sharing continental use cases.
The series will be followed by our first Blockchain Bootcamp in March 2021 during International Women's Month, watch this space.
THE 88BCAFRICA ACADEMY
The 88 Business Collective Entrepreneurship Academy is an initiative to bring knowledge and know-how to the millions of phenomenal women to empower them with the tools and skills for each person to achieve what they want to achieve in business.
Some courses are free, some are against a small contribution (which goes back into the programme to develop even more courses for you): but all are designed to help you in a practical, hand-on way to start, grow and scale your business, whether you are a student, a startup, a small business or a professional.
8 IS THE GOAL
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.
At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.
Our mission is aligned to Goal 8: Decent work and economic growth since we are driven by the believe that inclusive and sustainable economic growth will reduce poverty. More progress is needed to increase employment opportunities, particularly for young people, reduce informal employment and the gender pay gap and promote safe and secure working environments to create decent work for all.
What's your goal?
Accelerating world-class African businesses will not happen in isolation, we believe collaboration is the future and what corporates need is a way to connect their strengths and resources with external innovation in order to drive exponential growth.
Powerful partnerships create powerful villages, play your part in creating a diverse and inclusive South African economy.