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.
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. These individuals will bring solutions to the many challenges Africa is facing especially in the areas of innovation, new technologies, fintech and agricultural transformation. Using these solutions, they will make business models that are 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
Ambitious team with strong execution ability
Innovative product, service ou technology is a plus
Potential impact in Africa
Visit and interviews of top executives of the programme
Christel Bories, CEO of Eramet
In June 2022, Women In Africa and Eramet launched the “Women of the Future” Hub with a first promotion of 30 women entrepreneurs supported and sponsored by Prime Minister Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda and Eramet CEO Christel Bories.
Loise Tamalgo, General Delegate of the Eramet Group in Africa and Marie-Axelle Gautier, Director of Societal Impact and Human Rights of the Eramet Group.
In December 2022, Eramet Group representatives visited the hub, which is part of their inclusive approach to promote the emergence of women wherever they are located. They also met and exchanged with the women entrepreneurs who have been awarded the Women of Future program as part of their project to contribute to the economic development of women in Africa.
Dora Mbeng is the founder and manager of ACCENT, a communication agency created in 2017. Gabonese laureate WIA54 2021, Dora joins the Women In Africa team as Hub Director and Project Manager on the Women for Future programme to bring her expertise on the Gabonese entrepreneurial ecosystem. Back in Gabon in 2008, after working for OMD Media, she joined McCann Libreville before managing a printing company and creating ACCENT. Dora is also a co-founder of Femmes Exceptionnelles.
The launch ceremony of the Women for Future Hub and its first promotion, supported by Eramet and Women In Africa, took place on Friday, June 10, 2022 in Libreville, Gabon, featuring speeches of Her Excellency the Prime Minister of Gabon Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda and Christel Bories, CEO of the Eramet Group.
Training sessions at the hub
Women of the Future entrepreneurs began training sessions on September 21, 2022.
They benefited from 30 tailored training courses focusing on key entrepreneurship topics such as finance, management, human resources, management, marketing and communication.
On 3 December 2022, we had the honour to host an event with Jowill Mihindou Hindet, Head of the Gabon Egalité Monitoring Committee and Olivier Gillibert, Principal at Roland Berger at the Women of the Future Hub. The discussions was focused on the theme “How a country transforms with and for women?” and presented by Vanessa Adande, Managing Partner of Ellipsis and WIA Ambassador to Gabon.
This discussion was an opportunity to discuss the plans to reform women’s rights in Gabon and in particular the subject of Equality, a major issue for the Gabonese State for the development of human rights and economic progress.
Christmas Market at the Hub
On December 10, 2022, women entrepreneurs showcased and sold their products and services at the Women of the Future Christmas Market.
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