She Leads Africa Accelerator 2018

Accelerator program for early stage, women led startups in Nigeria

The SLA Accelerator is a 3-month program designed to identify, support and fund the next generation of Nigeria’s brightest female entrepreneurs. The winner of the programme will receive N2 million from SLA. 

This year, the programme will take place in Lagos and is open to businesses based anywhere in Nigeria

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What do you get from the program?
  • 3 months intensive training on business and operational skills
  • Online and offline learning resources 
  • Exclusive access and mentorship from some of Nigeria’s leading business personalities
  • Opportunity to pitch your business in front of local and international investors
  • Features in local and international media
What’s the process?
  1. Put together a top-notch application package, ace the semi-final interviews and get selected by the review committee.
  2. Attend three 1-week boot camps being trained by the SLA team and connecting with some of Nigeria’s most prominent business and operational experts.
  3. Complete bi-weekly online workshops.
  4. Join us in Lagos for the Demo Day in October and pitch your business to a room of local and international investors and media.
Previous SLA entrepreneurs have been featured on Forbes and CNN and received brand endorsements after pitch day. In total they’ve gone on to raise $1 million, have been invested in by members of 500 startups and a lucky few even got to pitch to Aliko Dangote himself.
The top entrepreneur will walk away with N 2 million. The others receive 3 months of intensive support and access to a vast network of mentors and investors. 

Are you eligible?
  • Business with at least one woman aged 18-35 as a shareholder or owner
  •  We are looking for Innovative & Tech enabled businesses. A tech-enabled company is one that leverages the use of  technology to enhance its business operations.
  • Less than 3 years in operations

What’s next? 
Submit your application! Applications open April 16, 2018 and close May 20, 2018. We will not accept any late submissions. You must upload your pitch deck to your VC4A profile in order for your application to be complete. Make sure you join the She Leads Africa community to gain access to our application tips, a free downloadable guide on how to create a BOSS pitch deck and an invitation to a private webinar with our cofounders where you can ask your questions and hear directly from them on what they’re looking for. 
This 2018 SLA Accelerator is run in partnership with the Work in Progress! Alliance – a consortium of Oxfam, Butterfly Works and VC4A focused on driving job creation and youth employment in Nigeria. This year’s cohort is also sponsored by Lagos Innovates and Lagos State Employment Trust Fund.

About She Leads Africa:
She Leads Africa is a social enterprise dedicated to supporting young African women and their journey towards professional success. The organisation has been featured on CNN, CNBC Africa, Black Enterprise and Fox Business and has more than 300,000 members across Africa and the diaspora.

About Work In Progress! Alliance:
The Work in Progress! Alliance is focused on unlocking the economic potential of young women and men in Egypt, Nigeria and Somalia. The project aims to enable them to generate sustainable and living incomes – by finding regular employment or starting enterprises. Alliance partners include Oxfam, VC4Africa and Butterfly Works.

About Lagos Innovates and Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF):
Lagos Innovates is an initiative of the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund and was established to help position Lagos State as a global centre for technology startups in Africa. It is focused on helping founders, developers and investors with access to learning resources, early-stage investment capital, peer networks and high-quality workspaces and infrastructure.


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She Leads Africa Accelerator 2018

She Leads Africa Accelerator 2018


May 20, 2018
Program dates Jul 2 - Oct 8, 2018
Organizer She Leads Africa
Website Visit website
Targets Nigeria
Agritech, Artificial intelligence, Clean technology and energy, EdTech, Fintech, HealthTech, ICT, Nanotech, Smart city solutions



Name Country Sector(s)
Doctoora E-Health Ltd
Healthcare you can trust
Nigeria Healthcare, Real estate
Foodlocker Limited
Farming-as-a-Service for Large Buyers
Nigeria Agritech, E-commerce, Retail and wholesale
New Shoes Are Always The Answer
Nigeria Clothing and textiles production, Fashion
The SmartFarm
Supporting next generation farming
Nigeria Agribusiness, Crop farming, Food and beverage