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The BIC Africa Acceleration Programme for Women Entrepreneurs is launching its third edition, supporting 20 women entrepreneurs from Ethiopia and other African countries.

The Programme by Africa Business Incubator Communities (BIC Africa), aims to help women scale their businesses and contribute to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is open to women business owners in all sectors.

Running from May to September 2023, the 20 selected entrepreneurs will receive six live training modules, four group coaching sessions, networking events, exercises, support documents, and a certificate of recognition.

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Participants will also be matched with European and African incubation experts for remote mentoring sessions and have access to the alumnae network of the BIC Africa Women Acceleration programme.

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To be eligible, candidates must be women founders or owners of existing businesses with strong growth potential or entrepreneurs working on a project idea aimed at creating a high-growth business. The candidates’ businesses must align with at least one of the 17 SDGs and demonstrate a commitment to participating in all the program’s activities.

Interested applicants who meet the eligibility criteria can fill out the application form before April 7, 2023. The application process will evaluate proposals based on their solution or business description, innovation, scalability, impact, and motivation. After passing the eligibility check, proposals will undergo a transparent evaluation process managed by the European Business and Innovation Center Network (EBN).

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Kaleab Girma, an Addis Ababa-based reporter and researcher, with over six years of experience in the field. He currently serves as Shega's Editor-in-Chief and specializes in reporting on small businesses, innovation, technology, and startups in Ethiopia.

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