Apply for the De Beers Group Trailblazer Accelerator

The De Beers Group in partnership with WomHub is excited to invite applications to their De Beers Group Trailblazer Accelerator – a niche, in-residence programme for women-led tech or tech-enabled businesses in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.

They are looking for women-led businesses that deliver sustainable positive impact to both society and the environment, with a focus on waste reduction and circularity, green energy transition, water and hygiene, nature-based solutions and biodiversity conservation.

The De Beers Group Trailblazer Accelerator programme kicks off in May 2023 and is a nine-month hybrid leadership and business development opportunity for women based in South Africa, Namibia or Botswana who have founded businesses within technology with a sustainable environment focus. The hybrid masterclass series will focus on idea and business incubation, leadership development, funding, and pitch readiness, as well as mentorship, well-being and financial coaching. 

Who Can Apply?

  • Women who serve as founders or co-founders of a Science, Technology, Engineering, Manufacturing & Mining (STEM) business.
  • Applicants must be citizens of either Botswana, Namibia or South Africa; their innovation must be based and registered in the aforementioned countries. 
  • Applicants need to be over the age of 18. There is no upper age limit.
  • The applicant’s business/innovation can be any new or innovative product, technology, or service, based in STEM with a focus on waste reduction and circularity, green energy transition, nature-based solutions and biodiversity conservation
  • Applicants must be able to commit to the duration of the programme commencing in May 2023 to January 2024.

Why You Should Apply?

  • Together our mission is to grow existing sustainable tech businesses through access to: 
  • Deep insight into sustainability challenges and initiatives on the African continent
  • ​Customized learning and development experiences tailored to Founder’s specific needs. 
  • Access to mentorship, industry expertise and leading-edge technology skills
Interested entrepreneurs can apply for the program by clicking here.

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