South Africa
circular economy
Skills learning

Applications for the Circular Economy Future Female Business School, sponsored by the Embassy of Finland Pretoria are now open. The Circular Economy Future Females Business School is an esteemed 16-month programme to support 50 Circular Economy-focused female entrepreneurs in South Africa to solidify their businesses and get ready for fundraising.

The first phase of the programme will support 50 aspiring female entrepreneurs, equipping them with essential business principles and sector-specific training in the Circular Economy. This phase will also include group coaching and access to a valuable network in South Africa.

Building upon the foundation laid in Phase 1, Phase 2 will cater to 25 graduates from the initial phase. These participants will receive in-depth and tailored 1:1 expert mentor sessions covering key areas such as Finances, Product & Coding, Marketing Strategies, and HR. This personalized guidance will empower you to navigate complex challenges, optimize your business operations and leave you with specific strategies to implement.

Finally, in Phase 3, we will support 15 participants in scaling their businesses and preparing for fundraising opportunities. With our guidance and expertise, you will be equipped to take your circular economy business to new heights.

Wrapping up the programme, there will be a Demo Day where you can showcase your product to potential investors and the broader ecosystem!

Click here to apply. 

Full description

Application Requirements 

  • Business model focused on the circular economy
  • Age: 18 -35
  • Majority female-owned 
  • South African Citizen/Permanent Resident 
  • Want to and have the potential to scale the business in the next 16 months 
  • Committed to the programme and putting in the work. 
Closing date
Agriculture, forestry and fishing
​Mining and quarrying
Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities