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City calls on female entrepreneurs to apply for the Women in Business Programme

City calls on female entrepreneurs to apply for the Women in Business Programme

by City of Cape Town
6 May 2020

The City’s Enterprise and Investment Department together with its partners are inviting female entrepreneurs to join the Top Tech Tools for Women in Business programme for 2020. 

I am happy to announce that applications to participate in the Top Tech Tools for Woman in business is now open. Cape Innovation & Technology Initiative (CiTi) is a strategic business partner of the City’s Enterprise and Investment Department and it works with government, business and society to promote the inclusive growth of the digital economy. We are inviting female entrepreneurs to join the Top Tech Tools for Women in Business programme for 2020.

The Top Tech Tools for Women in Business Programme is a vital continuation of the partnership between the City of Cape Town and the CiTi to facilitate inclusive digital transformation within Cape Town.

The successful implementation of the innovative training solution has resulted in a higher demand for the programme, which is why I motivated for additional funding to provide more training opportunities for women. I am delighted to confirm that the Mayoral Committee has approved this initiative and the City will make the training available to 90 additional beneficiaries this year.

I am also pleased that Citi found new innovative ways to continue the programme during the lockdown period. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the programme has been adapted to enable successful delivery and engagement on an exclusively online basis. Participants will also have access to additional online learning components.  This is an ideal time for business owners to upskill themselves and to prepare for the new normal.

A digitally enabled business has the capacity to navigate challenges and opportunities in the highly competitive digital business value chain. As part of the selected group of women business owners, these women are allowed the opportunity to take part in a programme that will equip them with the skills that will ensure business and personal growth trajectories.

The programme was conceptualised and facilitated by the CiTi, and it aims to create an empowering atmosphere for women who are eager to infuse technology into their businesses. The programme boasts a supportive and creative environment that exposes female entrepreneurs to the latest available technology resources to improve and grow their business.

Participants will benefit from access to comprehensive information and experience shared by highly skilled facilitators and mentors through a series of facilitated interactive sessions. The programme provides a platform for entrepreneurs to introduce efficient systems and processes through the implementation of technology products and services that promote growth, sustainability and scale-up while maximising peer-to-peer knowledge sharing practices.

‘It is fantastic to see the business growth achieved by our previous cohorts by enabling the digital transformation of their businesses and to know that we have the support of the City of Cape Town to present this fully-funded programme to more female-owned businesses during this time is especially inspiring,’ said the CEO of CiTi, Ian Merrington.

Female entrepreneurs who would like to take part in the Women in Business programme must submit their applications on the Cape Innovation & Technology Initiative’s website www.citi.org.za or like and follow the Cape Innovation & Technology Facebook page for news and updates. After your application is received, you will be invited to an online interview, which will determine if you are selected to take part in the programme.

Issued by: Media Office, City of Cape Town
Media enquiries: Alderman James Vos, Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management, Cell: 076 277 3351, Email: 
james.vos@capetown.gov.za (always copy media@capetown.gov.za)

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