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Call for Applications: FIT4Mentorship Mentor Program

Call for Applications: FIT4Mentorship Mentor Program

The African tech industry has witnessed remarkable growth in recent years, with the continent’s startup ecosystem attracting over $5 billion in investments in 2022 alone.

However, despite this growth, women’s participation in the African tech industry remains disproportionately low as only 20% of tech startups funded in Africa in 2022 had a female founder, highlighting the persistent gender imbalance in the sector.

To address this disparity, the FIT4Mentorship Program was started. This program is implemented by SPARK, BongoHive, and Zanga Metrics.

SPARK is a project implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Program Objectives

Targeting 30 female tech role models across Africa and 10 African Innovation Support Organisations (ISOs), the program offers comprehensive training and practical mentorship experiences.

Through systematic selection processes and tailored training, FIT4Mentorship aims to cultivate a more inclusive tech ecosystem.

By equipping female role models with mentorship skills and facilitating meaningful connections between mentors and startups, the program seeks to promote gender equity and entrepreneurship in the African tech industry.

For Mentors

Women in tech across Africa will be trained to build capacity as tech role models and mentors for fellow women across Africa. This entails receiving training to support startups led by female entrepreneurs.

Female mentors will undergo comprehensive training in mentorship skills, covering areas such as the mentoring process, communication and relationship building, learning and personal development, and applying a gender lens in entrepreneurship and innovation.

Following the training, mentors will be paired with female-led startups to provide guidance and assistance tailored to the startups’ needs.

Mentors will apply their skills in practice, supporting the startups through peer exchange sessions and one-to-one coaching. Evaluation of mentor performance will be conducted to ensure effective support for startups, with successful mentors recognized upon program completion.

Deadline: May 31, 2024

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