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The 88 Business Collective is an accelerator programme focussed on Emerging Women Entrepreneurs. The 18-month programme creates an ecosystem for Women Entrepreneurs to grow through collaboration, access to new markets and by offering you a platform for accountability and a sounding board for better decision making

An imperative by Government and a lack of ESD focus on Women Entrepreneurs in the market creates an opportunity for a symbiotic relationship with our partners that will ensure accelerated growth for Emerging Women Entrepreneurs and as a result create world-class African businesses.

You will go through the following stages during the programme:

  • Application process
  • Pitching session to join our programme
  • 90-day bootcamp
  • Pitching session for funding
  • Board of Advisors
  • Networking events
  • Pitching session for funding
  • Awards ceremony
  • Join alumni programme

minimum criteria for acceptance on programme

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We believe our Enterprise Development Programme focused on women entrepreneurs from marginalized communities will assist our corporate partners to not only comply with the new B-BBEE codes but will accelerate the growth of scalable businesses in our ecosystem. The updated Codes’ consolidation of the Enterprise Development (ED) and Preferential Procurement (PP) elements into a single, new Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) pillar is now the most significant element on the B-BBEE scorecard. In line with this imperative by Government and a lack of ESD focus on women entrepreneurs in the market creates an opportunity for a symbiotic relationship between corporate South Africa and us that will ensure accelerated growth creating world-class African businesses.

We hosted over 120 women entrepreneurs at our launch on Friday, 28 October 2016. We created a BEE Café where our attendees received a free BEE certificate that is valid for the next 12-months. We have 60 Level 1 BBBEE organisations in our database that have been in business for over 2 years and are looking for opportunities to scale-up and expand.

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Antoinette Prophy

Founder and managing director

Antoinette started her entrepreneurial journey in 2004 after leaving McKinsey and Company with the aim to positively influence how business is done in Africa.

Over the past twelve years, she has gained extensive experience in accessing new markets by taking her business to Uganda, Kenya and servicing clients in Nigeria.

She is passionate about the entrepreneurial space across the continent and shares her expertise by mentoring emerging entrepreneurs. She is on the Board of the African Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF), the Silicon Cape Community Council and the 7 Steps Hub.


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88 Business Collective (PTY) Ltd

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66 Albert Street

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Cape Town