The Future Females Business School, powered by UK-South Africa Tech Hub is a leading tech program that offers sponsored spots to South Africa entrepreneurs with tech-based businesses to transform their ideas into businesses.
Is the Future Females Business School powered by UK-South Africa Tech Hub program for YOU?
The three-month program is for female entrepreneurs with an idea or early-stage business, ready to upskill and utilise technology to bring their businesses to life.
Are you a South African based female entrepreneur looking to develop the next big app or launch an innovative online platform?
Are you passionate about technology and are you looking to build a business that would create a positive social impact and benefit your community?
Then this program is for you. It’s been designed to give you the clarity, vision and ability to focus and execute the right strategies, that will build your thriving tech dream business.
If you’re ready to become a successful small business owner, to get out of your own way, and to embrace not only serious profit but also the lifestyle you want to live, all with the support and guidance of experts who have done it all before – hit apply!
Who is the UK-South Africa Tech Hub?
The UK-South Africa Tech Hub forms part of the International Tech Hub network delivered by DCMS (Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport), under a UK government initiative designed to promote digital inclusion and inclusive growth of the digital ecosystems in partner countries. Alongside South Africa, there are hubs in Nigeria, Kenya, India, Indonesia and Brazil.
The International Tech Hubs are expert teams which work to stimulate local digital economies, build high-end digital skills, and forge innovation partnerships between local tech sectors and international businesses. Through the Hubs’ activities, entrepreneurs and founders, acquire the skills, resource and support needed to turbocharge their entrepreneurial journey.
Our partnership with UK-South Africa Tech Hub
Our partnership with UK-South Africa Tech Hub arose out of the need for greater skills development and support for South African tech female entrepreneurs. Since our partnership in 2019, we have:
> Sponsored 130 female entrepreneurs with partial and full subsidies so they could join the Future Females Business School program, supporting them to launch their tech businesses.
> Hosted a Founders Breakfast with some of the top female founders in the country, including Aisha Pandor, Catherine Lückhoff and Katherine Pichulik.
> Sponsored 57 female tech founders into the Future Females Founders Club, supporting them to breakthrough to the next level of growth in their businesses.
> Released a series of workshops nationally, focusing on practical entrepreneurship and business skills as well as creative skills such as design thinking.
Our former graduates have previously developed impactful businesses, appeared on National TV & Radio, featured in the Inspiring Fifty awards and were recognised as leading female innovators in their given fields.
How does the application process work?
The UK-South Africa Tech Hub provides partial and full subsidies for successful applicants to join the Future Females Business School Tech program.
Applicant requirements are:
> Applicants must be based in South Africa
> The business must utilise technology (i.e. your business is app based or an online platform)
>The business must impact respective communities/industries
Please make sure you meet all of the above requirements before applying. The application is a text-based survey submission. If part.1 of your application is successful, you will be contacted by our team for pt.2 of the applications which is an interview with one of our business school coaches.
How does the application process work?
Candice released her first book “Pearls of Patriarchy”, secured funding for her business and recently delivered an amazing Ted Talk.
Nobukhosi was invited to spend 5 weeks in Silicon Valley as a female leader in tech, won the Inspiring Fifty Award in 2019 and was one of the selected female founders to attend the Ladies Who Launch event with the Duchess of Sussex.
Veronica recently launched her beauty on-demand service app, expanded her team and is now to go to person for monthly beauty services in the Future Females coworking space.
Launched her online platform Entrihub, where Entrepreneurs and Enablers can meet. Entrihub provides, inter alia, an online directory of all of these initiatives, products or services targeted at entrepreneurs as well as an online calendar of all the entrepreneurial events in SA.
What our previous members have to say…
Are you ready build your tech business?
What will you get out of the program?
This three month program gives you the exact roadmap and support you need to confidently take action to build your business. We cover everything from your purpose & brand, your marketing and sales plan, your finances, and how to create the lifestyle you want to have as an entrepreneur. It’s not only business, branding and budgeting, but also mindset, motivation & inspiration.
MONTH 1: BUILD
MONTH 1: SELL
MONTH 1: SET UP FOR SCALE
Are you ready to bring your tech business to life?
How does the application process work?
The application is a text-based survey submission (through the link above). If part.1 of your application is successful, you will be contacted by our team for pt.2 of the applications which is an interview with one of our business school coaches.
What is the timeline?
Our next program commences in January 2021, covering 10 actionable topics to drive a step-change in your business.
Is there a fee involved?
If applicants meet the correct requirements, they are eligible for partial or fully subsidised spots offered by UK-South Africa Tech Hub, which is determined during the interview with one of our business coaches.
What are the application requirements?
Applicants have to be South African female entrepreneurs with a tech-based or tech-enabled business ideas, that have the potential to have a positive social impact in the world. Your eligibility will be assessed during the application period.
What is the time commitment during the program?
The most successful participants will spend 3 to 4 hours a week progressing through the Business School content, and engaging with their coaches and peers. Like anything in life, what you put in is what you get out! Bursary members will be required to complete 80% of the program in order to graduate.
Will this program work for business?
The core program content will equip you with lean startup strategies that are applicable and transferable across different business models and industries, so you can use them not just in your current business, but as you progress in your entrepreneurial journey. Our main focus is on tech businesses so if you are building the next big app or online offering – we would love to hear from you!
Will this program work if I haven’t yet started working on my idea?
Absolutely – this program will equip you with the strategies you need to test your idea and validate demand for it in the market, so you can then confidently invest your time, money and effort into bringing it to life. We help you pick your niche and get the marketing plan in place to ensure you build in a profitable and scalable way.
Will the program work if I’m already in business?
If you are in business for a year or more, we recommend applying to our Future Females Founders Club >>>, aimed at existing female founders who have operational businesses and are looking to further develop their skills, meet like-minded female founders and build a support network.
Can men apply?
Hell yes! Future Females Business School (like Future Females) is open to all women and supporters of women.