Are you an enterprise providing Climate-Smart Agriculture solutions in East Africa?
Are you committed to advancing gender equality across your business operations?
THEN THIS IS FOR YOU!
Incorporating a gender-inclusive approach for business growth not only provides a significant business potential for climate-smart agricultural enterprises, but also positively impacts women engaged in the sector. This is especially important since women are often disproportionately affected by climate change. Evidence suggests that mainstreaming gender considerations in business leads to better profitability and higher returns, more innovation, better decision-making, improved customer responsiveness and retention, and also attracts gender lens capital.
Intellecap Advisory Services with support from International Development Research Centre (IDRC) will support 10 innovative climate-smart enterprises in East Africa (Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda) operating at the nexus of sustainable agriculture/food systems and climate change sectors.
Over the course of 6-months, the program will help the 10 enterprises improve their business potential and long-term viability by assisting them to develop a profitable and scalable business model and enhancing gender equity in their business through increased focus on women – as consumers, employees and value-chain-partners.
We invite enterprises including, but not limited to, the following categories to apply to the program.
Soil & Water
Dairy, Poultry & Livestock
Fisheries & Aquaculture
What’s on offer
Selected enterprises will receive customized acceleration and capacity building support, to strengthen their business operations and advance gender mainstreaming in their business.
Support will include:
Technical assistance in developing business’s pathways to scale and financial sustainability
A customized gender action plan to advance gender equity in your business through increased focus on women – as consumers, employees and value-chain-partners
Opportunity to showcase and pitch your businesses to potential investors
Exposure and networking with industry leaders at annual Sankalp Africa summits** for next 2 years. (Sponsorship to attend Sankalp Africa summits)
Learning and exchange opportunities with other like-minded social entrepreneurs that are tackling climate and gender issues
**Sankalp Forum is the world’s leading impact investing and entrepreneurship summit, creating a thriving ecosystem for impact-led businesses. The Sankalp Africa Summit hosts a curated set of outstanding thought leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa, and enables premier networking opportunities for the region.
Who can Apply
Applicants must meet the following minimum requirements to be considered:
A proven and piloted business model, with active operations of atleast 3 years
Registered and operationally active in at least one of the focus countries (Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, or Uganda)
Clear intent AND/OR Vision to advance women’s participation across the value chain (as partners, employees, leaders, etc.)
Revenue of USD 100,000 or more in at least one of the past 3 financial years
To participate in the program, please apply by or before April 24th.
Click here to apply