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Support women entrepreneurs to validate and strengthen their businesses idea

Join as a volunteer mentor to the Women Innovators in WASH Incubation Program and support women entrepreneurs in Africa and Latin America with an innovative business project in the water, sanitation and hygiene sectors.

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SUPPORTING WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS

The Women in WASH Incubation Program’s overall goal is to sustainably improve access to safe and affordable Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) products and services for communities living in Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Tanzania, South Africa as well as Brazil, Argentina, and Colombia.
 
We will support 50 female-led startups in the target countries with high-growth potential businesses in any of the WASH sectors and position them to scale their impact and reach more underserved communities by the end of the program. 
 
Thanks to our business mentoring and financing readiness online program incubation program you will have the certainty that you are building a business validated by your potential clients. Throughout the program, you will create your own executive summary business plan to present to potential investors or new co-founders while receiving the necessary support from a personalized mentor.
 
Moreover, you will be able to pitch your business in front of a top-level jury and win a seed capital prize, granted to the three finalists of our final Demo Day event.
 

Why participate?

Mentor the project you are passionate about

Connect with the entrepreneur behind the project that interests you the most.

Learn to mentor while you do it

Our active learning model facilitates the role of the mentor by providing a clear structure and resources explained in a simple and practical way.

Grow personally and professionally

Develop your leadership and coaching skills while learning all about innovation.

Anytime, anywhere

Support your project from anywhere in the world, at a time that suits you. Our program is 100% online.

Become the mentor you also had

Think of the mentors that have passed through your life, become that for someone who needs it.

Be part of a community

Join a group of purpose-driven professionals and connect with male and female mentors from all industries.

Create a more inclusive and efficient society

Guide entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs who are solving the problems that really matter.

WHAT IS WASH?

WASH is an acronym that stands for "water, sanitation and hygiene".
Together, we want to support you to develop and scale your innovative solutions to any of the following WASH challenges:

(Safe) Water

Type of innovations may include but are not limited to: 

  • Household/ community water treatment and safe water storage
  • Innovative water treatment and water filtration in homes and emergency contexts
  • Products for testing water quality
  • Provision of safe water

Sanitation

Type of innovations may include but are not limited to: 

  • Lightning and amenities for safer latrines
  • Fecal sludge treatment
  • Innovative fecal sludge disposal

Hygiene

Type of innovations may include but are not limited to: 

  • Innovative handwashing solutions for difficult contexts
  • Affordable soap and soap alternatives
  • Affordable or sustainable menstrual hygiene solutions

This program is perfect for you if

Apply before the date!

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October 23rd, 2022

Timeline

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Apply to the program

Until October 23rd, 2022

Tell us more about you and your start-up by applying below. Our team will assess your selection into the program. 

Apply now >

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Announcement of selected mentors

Mid-October

We will review all the applications and we will select around 50 mentors to accompany the 50 start-ups to participate in the Women Innovators in WASH.

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Attend the onboarding session

Late October

If selected, you will be invited to an onboarding welcome call to the program where you will learn the role of the mentor, how to choose a project, use the incubation platform, its methodology and much more!

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04

Choose the project you want to mentor

From late October to early November

Take part in our matching process! You will have the opportunity to meet online with different projects. Once you have met several of them, both you and the entrepreneurs will submit your rankings in order to let us know who you think will be the best fit for your project's needs. Based on the rankings, we will make the best mentor-mentee pairs.

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The program starts!

  • You will work weekly with your mentee in one-on-one mentoring sessions to review their work on the 8 business modules on the platform.
  • You will guide them while they cover the most important parts of their business (from refining the value proposition to generating a clear growth plan).
  • You will meet the other mentors in our monthly sessions, so you can share learnings, challenges, and network.

the best entrepreneurship methodology

The Bridge for Billions methodology is based on the development of a business plan from scratch while you are surrounded by a community of support; mentors, fellow entrepreneurs, and our incubation team.

Our online platform will allow you to experiment, research, and document their ideas step by step so that at the end of the program they can download their own business plan in PDF.

Questions about the program?

Mentors can always choose when to join a program call. Once you commit the time required is approximately 1.5 hours per week (1h of mentoring session and minimum 30 minutes of review of the work on the platform) for the duration of the incubation program (the average time of our programs is 4 months, although there are some exceptions).

All of the mentors for the Women Innovators in WASH Incubation Program are volunteers.

We advise you to have a laptop or desktop computer and preferably one of these browsers: Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox. However, our platform is also suitable for cell phones.

Also, we expect you to have a stable and reliable internet connection both for your weekly review on the platform and to participate in the calls with your entrepreneur via video call.

As a mentor, you will work with your entrepreneurs on the platform. You’ll be able to mark up their business plans using text-based comments and will have access to video chats within the platform so you can talk to them.

As a mentor, you’ll have a positive impact on someone’s life. You’ll meet and connect with entrepreneurs and develop your mentoring skills, exposing yourself to the latest innovation and entrepreneurship methodologies while helping a startup business grow.

You will guide your entrepreneur throughout the Incubation Program using the online modules as your guide. You’ll help your mentee validate their strategies throughout the program and support them through virtual collaboration once a week, on the platform and over video chat.

Read more about the methodology here.

Being a Bridge for Billions mentor is a 100% volunteer experience. As a mentor, you will have a positive impact on someone’s life. You will meet profiles with innovative ideas and develop your mentoring skills, exposing you to the latest innovation and entrepreneurship methodologies while helping a start-up grow.

We advise you to have a laptop or desktop computer and preferably one of these browsers: Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox. However, our platform is also suitable for cell phones.

Also, we expect you to have a stable and reliable internet connection both for your weekly review on the platform and to participate in the calls with your entrepreneur via video call.

As a mentor, you will work with your entrepreneurs on the platform. You’ll be able to mark up their business plans using text-based comments and will have access to video chats within the platform so you can talk to them.

Can’t find your question here?

Contact  Michelle, Incubation Manager of the program Women in WaSH if you have any questions.

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