We opened applications for our Premium Programme in April 2017 and had an overwhelming response from Female Founders in various industries and stages in their businesses. We hosted our first pitch days at the prestigious PwC offices in May and selected the 12 Female Founders on the 18-month 88BCAfrica Accelerator Programme. We launched the 2017 Winter Bootcamp on 6 June which culminated in a funding pitch on Friday, 1 September 2017. Investors from ABSA, Edge Growth, Uprise Africa and Social Investment Africa pledged funding support amounting to over R2million.
The Female Founders now meet their Board of Advisors at PwC quarterly and this serves as a platform for accountability until December 2018. We also host quarterly Financial Wellness Brunches geared toward continued learning and build on the learnings from the bootcamp. Carol Bouwer graced our stage on 1 November 2017 at the inaugural Financial Wellness Brunch.