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 This year, Eramet and Women In Africa are joining forces to set up a Hub in Gabon open to 30 women entrepreneurs rigorously selected by WIA. The first class will benefit from a comprehensive acceleration programme offering training, mentoring and access to funding. 

Programme

The Women for Future Hub aims to enable a selection of Gabonese women entrepreneurs to benefit from dedicated support, including training, mentoring and access to funding.

This hub is the materialisation of WIA and Eramet’s commitment to create dynamic and innovative ecosystems in Africa through female entrepreneurship.

The Hub Women for Future, the first of its kind in Libreville, will also be a place to host events to highlight and promote Gabonese women entrepreneurship throughout the year.

Through this programme we want to contribute to the development of a community of local innovators, who bring solutions to the many challenges Africa is facing, especially in the areas of innovation and new technologies, Fintech, agricultural transformation; and to make the business models that emerge from these solutions viable and sustainable.


Course of the programme

The Women for Future programme will take place in several phases:

First of all, a call for applications launched in early May to all Gabonese women entrepreneurs.

After selecting the 30 laureates of our first promotion of the Hub, the programme will start with training sessions on technical and soft skills topics such as business plan writing and public speaking. The women entrepreneurs will also be trained in entrepreneurial pitching and given the keys to accessing finance.The beneficiaries will have the opportunity to be accompanied by the best experts.

Thereafter, the Gabonese women entrepreneurs will be put in touch with a dedicated mentor who will support them in the long term, with constancy and benevolence.

Throughout the programme, the women entrepreneurs will also benefit from visibility on WIA’s social networks.


Call for applications

The call for applications will run from 3 May 2022 to 25 May 2022.

Applicants must complete the application form, which has two sections:
– personal information;
–  information about the company.

The Women In Africa team will proceed to a rigorous selection according to the criteria of motivation, progress and potential of the project presented.

  • The eligibility criteria:
    • Business created or led by a Gabonese woman
    • First traction on the market (sales, number of user and/or clients, fund raised, etc. )
    The selection criteria for the projects:
    • Proven business model scalability  
    • Growth potential
    • Ambitious team with strong execution ability
    • Innovative product, service ou technology is a plus 
    • Potential impact in Africa

Interviews with top executives and actors of the programme:

Exclusive interview with Loïse Tamalgo, General Delegate of the Eramet Group in Africa and Marie-Axelle Gautier, Societal Impact and Human Rights Director of the Eramet Group

Meet Dora Mbeng, WIA Gabon Project Manager

Dora Mbeng is the founder and manager of ACCENT, a communication agency created in 2017. 2021 WIA54 Gabon Laureate, Dora joined the Women In Africa team as Gabonese Project Manager for the Women for Future programme in order to bring her expertise on the Gabonese entrepreneurial ecosystem.  She returned to Gabon in 2008 after working for OMD Media and joined McCann Libreville before running a printing company and creating ACCENT. Dora is also the co-founder of the association Femmes Exceptionnelles.

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