AWIEF Growth Accelerator is a three/four-month business skills development programme, including pitch training and mentorship, designed to support participants with business modelling and growth strategy required to scale their enterprises, become investment ready and develop entrepreneurial leadership. The programme serves to enhance business linkages and access to finance.

The programme will culminate with an opportunity for participants to pitch their business to an audience of investors, business leaders and corporate decision-makers at the 5th annual AWIEF conference on 29 – 30 October 2019.


Programme runs August – October.

Location: To be Confirmed!

Participation fee: Free


25 ambitious, innovative and committed early-growth-stage South African women entrepreneurs, from a variety of sectors. Businesses must be:

  • in a post-revenue phase
  • scalable and innovative ventures
  • in operation for not less than two years
  • owned or led by ambitious and committed women entrepreneurs
  • seeking investment or funding to grow

As a bank for small business Nedbank is committed to growing and supporting small and medium enterprises throughout the country using a number of initiatives contributing to the economy and creating jobs in local municipalities. With a philosophy premised on Whole-view Business Banking™, we use our financial expertise to create a vibrant ecosystem and to provide a rich set of development and support services that will enable businesses to grow.

Nedbank Group is one of South Africa’s largest banking groups by assets and deposits, with Nedbank Limited being our principal banking subsidiary. The bank, which is also continuing to expand into Africa with a presence in 39 countries on the continent through our Ecobank alliance, provides a wide range of wholesale and retail banking services and a growing insurance, asset management and wealth management offering through four main business operations, namely Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking, Nedbank Business Banking, Nedbank Retail and Nedbank Wealth. Transformation is at the heart of our mission as a bank premised on using our financial expertise to do good. For more information visit