Equip your business for the digital economy – CiTi’s Women in Business Programme this September

This women’s month, the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi) is searching for ambitious entrepreneurs to join the fully-funded 10-week Top Tech Tools for Women in Business programme, starting this September at the Khayelitsha Bandwidth Barn.

In partnership with the City of Cape Town, CiTi has run 6 cohorts of this programme to date at both the Woodstock and Khayelitsha Bandwidth Barns, training over 200 female entrepreneurs over 4 years. The programme is best suited for women who have been running their business for at least a year and are interested in improving or introducing digital tools and processes into their businesses strategy and operations.

“This programme is designed to empower women with the knowledge, tools and strategic mindset to effectively integrate technology into their business, equipping their business for success in the digital economy. We start from the basics of why and where you need a digital tool to improve your business, and they will complete the 10 weeks with the confidence and a strategy to incorporate technology into their business.” – Nobuzwe Dolophini, CiTi: Entrepreneur Development Programme Co-ordinator.

Facilitated by business leaders and industry experts, this fully sponsored programme will support 35 women from the Cape Flats area to future-proof their business for the digital economy. Topics such as Financial Management Systems, Cloud Computing, and Social Media Marketing are covered – giving the women a holistic framework to create their digital strategies. Through participation in the programme, the women will also connect with networking and coaching opportunities through the vibrant CiTi ecosystem. On graduation from the programme, the women will become members of CiTi’s alumni for ongoing access to relevant content, events and further support.

The Top Tech Tools for Women in Business course is set to kick off on 19 September at the Khayelitsha Bandwidth Barn. Participants need to commit to attendance one morning a week for the full 10 weeks at the venue. Applications are open for women from Khayelitsha, Mitchells Plain, Philippi, Langa, or any of the surrounding Cape Flats areas; although their businesses can operate in any areas of Cape Town.

 

Application Criteria

Applications for the course are open to female founders and CEOs between the age of 25 – 50  who have a registered business that has been running for at least a year. Applicants must also be based in the Western Cape, have at least one staff member employed by their business and be available to attend weekly workshops every Wednesday morning for the duration of the programme (September – November).

Please ensure that you have the following supporting documents when completing your application form:

  • Tax clearance
  • CIPC Company registration
  • Certified copy – Director’s  ID
  • BBBEE Affidavit
  • Company Profile 

 

 

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