Women’s Entrepreneurship Programme

Accelerate-Her

Accelerate-Her

The Centre’s Accelerate-Her is a newly launched women entrepreneurship programme offering an exciting opportunity for Guyanese women to access business acceleration workshops and professional mentoring to grow their businesses.

Targeting local women owners, operators, and managers, it builds the leadership and business skills of women entrepreneurs in Guyana to help them grow companies across a wide variety of industries and sectors. The Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry Guyana (WCCIG) partners with Accelerate-Her to act as lead mentors, guest facilitators, and expert speakers.

 

The programme

The programme

Accelerate-Her is designed to enable the growth of small businesses through tailored workshops, access to one-on-one business advisory services, mentoring, pitch development, and fostering a strong and supportive peer-learning environment for women.  Predicated on successful mentorship and peer-learning models, Accelerate-Her matches a pool of professional mentors with participants based on their business background and focus.

Accelerate-Her seeks motivated women entrepreneurs who recognise the value of an interactive and collaborative approach to grow their business acumen and entrepreneurial skills.

Women entrepreneurs looking to expand their company, access new markets or increase efficiencies and innovation should consider applying to the programme.

Accelerate-Her mentors

The Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry Guyana (WCCIG) partners with Accelerate-Her to act as lead mentors, guest facilitators, and expert speakers. WCCIG is a nonprofit charitable organisation dedicated to creating a collective voice for women and assisting women to achieve success and economic independence through business ownership and self-employment.

The first cycle of Accelerate-Her runs from September – December 2021

Phase One

September 17-19

  • 35 participants
  • Weekend bootcamp (17-19 Sept.)
  • Group sessions and take-home activities
  • Business model and value proposition development

Phase Two

October 6 – December 3

  • 15 select participants (from the bootcamp)
  • Nine-week programme
  • 8-10 hours per week
  • 1:1  mentorship, tailored coaching and workshops
  • SWOT analysis of business
  • Demo day with business community, potential buyers, and partners

Business Showcase

December 8

Unfortunately, applications have closed for the 2021/22 cycle.

Who is Accelerate-Her looking for

YOU

  • Embody coachability and commitment
  • Either a founder or a member of the management team of an existing small business
  • Guyanese citizen living in and based in Guyana

YOUR BUSINESS

  • Is more than a year old, and is looking to grow, access new markets or add innovative best practices
  • Is a small business with at least 2 employees
  • Is legally registered in Guyana
  • Is women-led and with women in key leadership positions

Businesses in diverse industries with a focus on scaling and expanding operations can participate including (but not limited to):

Tourism
Agri-business
Food and beverage industry
Travel
Transport
Hospitality

There is no fee associated with applying or participating in Accelerate-Her.

Note: Proficiency with video conferencing platforms (i.e. Zoom, Teams, Webex) and virtual collaboration tools (i.e. Google docs, Dropbox) is recommended.

The Centre coordinates closely with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women’s Road to Growth programme to promote the role and development of female entrepreneurs in Guyana.