She Leads Africa Launches Accelerator For Women | Apply Here!

She Leads Africa SLA Accelerator
She Leads Africa SLA Accelerator is back! We’ll be coming to Lagos and Abuja with VC4A to provide information sessions on the accelerator.
Join us on these dates:
Monday, May 15th (Abuja)
  • 12:00-17:00 Business Model Canvas Workshop at Oxfam office, Abuja
  • 18:00-19:30 SLA Accelerator info session at Oxfam office, Abuja

Tuesday, May 16th (Lagos)

  • 12:00-17:00 Business Model Canvas Workshop at CCHub, Yaba
  • 18:00-19:30 SLA Accelerator info session at CCHub, Yaba

Wednesday, May 17th (Lagos)

  • 12:00-17:00 Business Model Canvas Workshop at Cafe Neo/Cre8, Victoria Island
  • 17:00-18:30 SLA Accelerator info session Cafe Neo/Cre8, Victoria Island
  • 18:00-22:00 VC4A networking meet up at Cafe Neo/Cre8, Victoria Island
Register for the info sessions HERE


She Leads Africa SLA Accelerator is a 3-month program designed to identify, support and fund the next generation of Nigeria’s brightest female entrepreneurs. The winner of the programme will receive N2mn from SLA. This year the programme will take place in three locations: Lagos, Abuja and Kaduna.

Applications open May 15, 2017 and close June 25, 2016 at 11:59 pm WAT
What do you get from the program?
  • 3 months intensive training on business and operational skills
  • Online and offline learning resources
  • Exclusive access and mentorship from some of Nigeria’s leading business personalities
  • Opportunity to pitch your business in front of local and international investors
  • Features in local and international media

Previous SLA entrepreneurs have been featured on Forbes and CNN and received brand endorsements after pitch day. In total they’ve gone on to raise $1 million. In 2017, one got invested in by a member of 500 Startups, and another was named the World Economic Forum’s Breakthrough Female Innovator of 2017. A lucky few even got to pitch to Aliko Dangote himself.

The top entrepreneur will walk away with N2 million. The others will receive 3 months of intensive support and access to a vast network of mentors and investors.
Are you eligible?
  • Business with at least one woman aged 18-35 as  owner
  • Abuja: Retail/E-Commerce companies only
  • Kaduna: Agribusiness companies only
  • Lagos Mainland: Creatives companies only
  • Lagos Island: Technology companies only
  • Less than 3 years in operations
  • Have received no more than $50,000 in total investment

How The Program Works

Step 1: Put together a top-notch application package, ace the semi-final interviews and get selected by the SLA team. You can find tips and advice here.

Step 2: Spend 1 week with the SLA team being trained in business skills and getting access to some of Africa’s top business minds.

Step 3: Spend the next weeks implementing the lessons learned, meet with the other members of your cohort to learn together and watch the results roll in. You’ll have access to the SLA team for any help or guidance you may need.

Step 4: Investor Dinner! Present your business to a room filled with investors and media. No joke: Previous SLA entrepreneurs have been featured on Forbes and CNN. They’ve gone on to raise almost $1mn. A lucky few even got to pitch to Aliko Dangote himself.

Step 5: The top entrepreneur will walk away with cash money for their business. The others will have received 3 months of intensive support and may well hook a few investors in the process!

SLA Accelerator is in partnership with the Work in Progress! Alliance and OCP


The Work in Progress! Alliance is focused on unlocking the economic potential of young women and men in Egypt, Nigeria and Somalia. The project aims to enable them to generate sustainable and living incomes – by finding regular employment or starting enterprises. Alliance partners include Oxfam, VC4Africa and Butterfly Works.

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