Innovate Ventures Women Business Accelerator for Early-stage Somali Startups

Innovate Ventures Women Business Accelerator for Early-stage Somali Startups

The Women Accelerator is a 10-week program that selects, offers essential business skills training, and funds female-owned startups in Somaliland. The top startups will receive an investment of up to $30,000 from Innovate Ventures.

The program has an alumni network of over 200 startups and has invested over $250,000 in the most promising businesses.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Woman business owner or woman with a business idea.

  • Age 18 – 35 years old.

  • Business is based in Somaliland.

  • The owners are committed to attending the accelerator program in Hargeisa.


  • 10 weeks of intensive training and business mentorship.

  • Access to our vast networks including leading banks.

  • Pitching in front of local and international investors.

  • Features in local and international media.

  • Equity funding for winner startups of up to $30,000.

    Application Procedure:

  • Complete the application form before 21st March 2023.

  • The selected startups will get an invitation to the pre-accelerator bootcamp at the Innovate Ventures offices in Hargeisa by the first week of April.

  • The top 15 start-ups from the bootcamp will participate in the 10 weeks accelerator program where they will receive mentorship and business skills training from experienced entrepreneurs.

  • At the end of the training the start-ups will pitch on Demo Day in front of a jury, media, and local and international investors.

  • The top startups will receive up to $30,000 in equity investment from Innovate Ventures.

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Innovate Ventures Women Business Accelerator for Early-stage Somali Startups

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