Ideas to Business 2021 Program

Empowering Female Entrepreneurs


Jan 31
Wennovation HubAccelerator
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5. Gender Equality

The Ideas to Business 2021 program is a Wennovation Hub pre-incubation program focused on female founders and businesses across Nigeria. By January 2021, 50 female entrepreneurs and startup owners with investment potential will be selected for the 4-month pre-incubation program starting in February 2021. This program will be held in Lagos & Abuja, Nigeria. Two (2) cohorts of 25 female-led businesses will be pre-incubated concurrently in Lagos and Abuja respectively. This program is sponsored by AfriLabs.

Selected participants will get

  • Business capacity building for sustainability and investment readiness for 3 months.
  • Access to a network of local and global startup mentors, coaches and industry leaders to support your startup in growth phase through customized advisory.
  • 80% of startups get access to the Wennovation Hub acceleration program.


This program is designed for early-stage female entrepreneurs.

  • Applicants must be available for the duration of the event and must attend at least 80% of the programme at Wennovation Hub.
  • Applicants must be between the ages of 16 and 40.
  • The business must be female-led and all participation must be by female representatives only.
  • The business must be based in Nigeria.
  • Participants can apply with businesses at the idea stage, but preference will be given to those who have started to show some traction from their efforts.


Application Open: 14th December 2020 – 31st January 2021

Abuja Cohort
Start Week – 15th February 2021
End Week – 30th May 2021

Lagos Cohort
Start Week – 1st March 2021
End Week – 15th June 2021

Deadline for submissions: Jan 31st, 2021.