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The Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA), in collaboration with the SA Innovation Summit, bring you Fem-In-Tech – a female-focused acceleration programme for South African entrepreneurs. This acceleration aims to support women-owned businesses to prepare for venture capital investment and other financial-supported growth strategies to scale into new markets. Fem-In-Tech aims to empower women tech and tech-enabled start-ups with the skills to grow and scale their businesses into the continent.

A select cohort of female entrepreneurs will undergo a 6-month acceleration programme where they will build their investment case piece by piece with the help of dedicated mentors. A community of female founders and business enablers will be established with the purpose of supporting each other and growing their business. These founders will also participate in the Fem-In-Tech Demo Day at the upcoming SA Innovation Summit and will be matched to potential business supporters and funders through the Match and Invest Platform.

This year’s Fem-In-Tech programme builds on the success of the 2020 Fem-In-Tech Development Programme. Click here to learn more about the outcomes.

Why Apply?

Participate in the Fem-In-Tech Demo Day

Be matched to potential funders & business enablers

Participate in an Investment Readiness Acceleration Programme

Be connected to venture capital funding & debt funding

Be part 10 women selected for an overseas trade Mission

Entries for Fem-In-Tech are now closed. For more information, please contact us: competitions@innovationsummit.co.za


The Top 30 founders will participate in an Investment Readiness Acceleration Programme and in the Fem-In-Tech Demo Day at the 2021 SA Innovation Summit where they will pitch to a panel of funders and business supporters.


The Investment Readiness Programme is more than acceleration it is an experience of building equity in the marketplace for you as a founder and your business.  The programme focuses on tangible outcomes that build your business as you work through the programme.


Flexible self-paced world class content to fit any founder's schedule.

One-on-One Virtual Mentorship

Captains of industry available at the click of a button.


A tribe of African innovators supporting and inspiring each other.

Access Investment

Facilitated introductions coming from reliable sources.


A panel of evaluators will review all the applications and make a selection based on information provided in the application form. The Top 40 applicants will go through an interview process with a panel of expert judges to select the Top 30 Female Founders.


South African Female Founder / Co-Founder. More than one founder and a strong team.

Business overview

≤ 5 Years in Operation (min. 1 year).
Stage of development: Angel / Venture Capital.

Product and Innovation

Is the product/service innovative and unique? Product maturity: minimal viable product/early stage/ready to scale. Competitive advantage (IP / Trade Secret)?

Market Demand

Are customers, segment sizes, distribution and after-sales proven? Sound knowledge of alternatives and competitive advantage.


Can the team and offering grow quickly, outpace competitors, and penetrate new markets? Is there a sound business plan?

Revenue / Feasibility

How is revenue generated? Have operations, marketing, pricing, volume, costs, risk mitigation, and return on investment been quantified?


Below are the General Terms & Conditions for Season 2 of the Fem-In-Tech Development Programme:
  • The SAIS and its partner, SEDA, reserve the right by its sole discretion not to accept applications should they have been made by illegitimate, suspicious, and/or unqualified participants. Additional documentation may be requested during the review process as proof of information provided in the application.
  • All applications are to be made through the online form. Applications received via email or other channels will not be accepted.
  • Only fully completed application forms will be reviewed. Any applications with missing information will be automatically disqualified. 
  • Any applications that do not meet the criteria for the programme entered will be automatically disqualified. Applicants to ensure their business meets the programme requirements before completing the form.
  • Applicants to ensure concepts are protected – competitions are non-confidential. Concepts will be viewed by the public and therefore important to not divulge the know-how e.g. formula, code etc.
  • By entering the programme, you give the SAIS permission to use images, footage and other visuals collected during the live pitch on social media, website and other relevant platforms.
  • If an investment offer is made, due diligence will be undertaken and the potential investors have the right to request documentation. Should the information provided in the entry form be a misrepresentation of the business, the investors can withdraw their offer.