The High Commission of Canada in South Africa and AWIEF partner for eCommerce Capacity Development Program for Women Entrepreneurs in South Africa

Funded by the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI), this program will enhance market access for women entrepreneurs through building knowledge, capacity, and skills in digital channels.

Ecommerce is one of the most dynamically growing business sectors in Africa. Retailing online has provided SMEs and the informal sector solutions to keep running and reaching customers during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns. A 2019 online retail study found that, in 2018, eCommerce totaled more than R14 billion or 1.4% of total retail sales in South Africa.

40 South African women entrepreneurs will be provided with technical learning, training and mentoring support on how to start, grow, and scale eCommerce businesses.

What you get as participant:

  • A free entry to the eCommerce Capacity Development Program,
  • Tools, information, and knowledge needed to run a business online in South Africa and internationally,
  • Training and mentorship by eCommerce experts,
  • Peer-support,
  • A toolkit with templates and tips for running a business through eCommerce channels,
  • Premium AWIEF Community membership for one year,
  • Free delegate pass to AWIEF2020 Virtual Conference on 2nd & 3rd December 2020.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Women aged 18 years or older,
  • South African citizens or permanent residents,
  • Need to enhance skills and/or knowledge to take your business online,
  • Women with an existing online business or,
  • Women with existing businesses that can be taken online or,
  • Women who aspire to have an online retailing business,
  • Ability to commit +5 hours weekly on this program
  • Computer literacy and access to a computer.

DEADLINE: November 2, 2020


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