South Africa
Female Founders

Revup Women is calling for women-led enterprises to apply to for a chance to be part of an 8-week enterprise development program and win up to $10 000. 

RevUp Women Initiative by AfriLabs is an enterprise development programme for early-stage women-led businesses in Africa. It is designed to accelerate these businesses into profitable & sustainable ventures that can stimulate the creation of jobs on the continent. The initiative aims to foster gender equality and inclusive economic growth through enterprise development training, mentorship, peer-to-peer learning and providing access to finance. This cohort is funded by The Visa Foundation.


  • Access to high-quality female mentors Across Africa
  • 10 business owners will be selected to be funded with 10,000 dollars following the Catalytic Africa guidelines 
  • Access to additional funding opportunities for participants and a network of funders across Africa
  • Access to the AfriLabs network

Click here to apply. 

Full description

Eligibility Criteria

The applications are open to early-stage women-led businesses across Africa. These businesses must meet the following criteria before applying;

  • At least 51 percent owned by a woman
  • Be led by a woman 
  • Be located in any of these cities in Africa
    • Nigeria –  Lagos, Abuja
    • South Africa –  Johannesburg, Cape Town
    • Cameroon – Douala, Yaounde
    • Kenya –  Nairobi, Kisumu
    • Democratic Republic of Congo-  Kinshasa, Lubumbashi
  • Have an already existing service or product
  • Have evidence of sales of existing services or product 
  • Have an existing business model
  • Registered and incorporated in the country of operation
  • Be operational for at least 6 months
  • Be able to dedicate 8 weeks to an intense hybrid training and mentoring session

Note: Evidence of sales would be requested during the due diligence phase. 

Closing date
Agriculture, forestry and fishing
​Mining and quarrying
​Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply
Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities
​Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles
​Transportation and storage
Accommodation and food service activities
​Information and communication
Financial and insurance activities
​Real estate activities
Professional, scientific and technical activities
Administrative and support service activities
Public administration and defence; compulsory social security
Human health and social work activities