The Future Females Business School, in partnership with UK-South Africa Tech Hub, is a leading programme that offers funded spots to South Africa female entrepreneurs building tech-based businesses and creating impact in their communities.



APPLICATIONS FOR OUR PROGRAMME ARE NOW CLOSED
THE WAITLIST FOR OUR UPCOMING PROGRAMME IS COMING SOON!

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, 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.

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Katherine Abbott (Director at UK-South Africa Tech Hub) & Tracy-Lee Smith (Operations Manager at the UK-South Africa Tech Hub).

3 SECTORS (AGNOSTIC, GREENTECH, TRADETECH)
12 PROGRAMMES
560+ ENTREPRENEURS SUPPORTED TO DATE

Our current programmes

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH UK-SOUTH AFRICA TECH HUB

Future Females Business School Programme

The three-month programme 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 start or already running a business that is creating solutions, job opportunities and boosting the economy in South Africa?

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 programme is for you. It’s been designed to give you the soft skills, 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, this programme is for you!

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ARE YOU A FEMALE ENTREPRENEUR READY TO EXPORT YOUR PRODUCTS? 
APPLICATIONS FOR OUR TRADETECH PROGRAMME ARE ALSO OPEN!

How

DOES THE APPLICATION PROCESS WORK?

The UK-South Africa Tech Hub provides fully funded spots for successful applicants to join the Future Females Business School programme. Please make sure you meet all of the below 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 part 2 of the applications which is an interview with one of our team members. 

APPLICANT REQUIREMENTS:

Applicants must be South African citizens

The business must utilise technology (i.e. your business is app based or an online platform)

The business must impact respective communities/ industries

Success stories

FROM OUR MEMBERS 

Leona Toussaint, Founder of Tousca 

Leona walked away with two finalists awards at Africa Tech Week, which recognises and rewards companies in Africa that have demonstrated excellence in innovative product development. She received the "Women in Tech" and "Best Technology Start-Up" finalists award.
Zandile Tlhapi, Founder of Khaltsha Call Centre

Zandile's township-based business won the prestigious TownshipTech Hackathon competition hosted by CiTi (Cape Innovation Technology Initiative) and the Department of Economic Development and Tourism. They were also featured in Wesgro Pioneer Magazine to celebrate their impact on Cape Town’s community.





Susan Holmes, Founder of Domestically

Susan received a certificate for achieving 3rd place in the She Reigns Technology Innovation Competition 2021 – Let her Grow Division, for using technology to further gender equality and benefit marginalised people in South Africa. She has also been invited to apply for up to R600 000 in funding for her proposed solution!
 
Noxolo Fani, Founder of Platform Excel

Noxolo was chosen as one of the top 25 African female entrepreneurs to join the “Future is Female Mentorship Program” and has been featured in prestigious local magazines and radio stations. She also received a signed letter from the department of basic education to connect with the provincial head of departments (HODs) to integrate her tech start-up for high school learners in South Africa.

What

OUR PREVIOUS MEMBERS HAVE TO SAY 

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What

IS INCLUDED IN THE PROGRAMME 

MONTH 1: BUILD

  • Get clear on your purpose and vision
  • ​Uncover your high-value customers
  • ​Document a profitable business plan
  • ​Build an irresistible & unique brand
  • ​Create a high-converting website

MONTH 2: SELL

  • ​Grow your email list
  • ​Create valuable, engaging content
  • ​Build your social influence
  • ​Sell with confidence Increase sales & profits

MONTH 3: SCALE

  • Become more productive
  • ​Make smarter business decisions
  • ​ Maximise your tools & systems
  • ​Scale your business
  • ​Plan for your future

Meet

THE PROGRAMME TEAM

KELLY GIFFORD
Programme Manager

AMANTLE MOKUBUNG
Programme Coach
 
SHIREEN ONIA
Programme Coach

FAQs

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 application, which is an interview with one of our team members.

What is the timeline?
The programme is 3 months, 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 a fully funded spot offered by UK-South Africa Tech Hub, which is determined during the interview with one of our team members. Successful applicants will only be asked to pay a R200.00 commitment fee to secure their spot.

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 programme?
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! Members will be required to complete 80% of the programme in order to graduate.

Will this program work for <x> business?
The core programme 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!

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