2015 SHE by Spark* Changemaker Program for Female Entrepreneurs in South Africa.

Location: Johannesburg

Dates: 2nd-7th August 2015

Application Deadline: 1st June 2015

SHE by Spark* is a powerful opportunity for passionate female entrepreneurs in South Africans who are at the early stages of building social businesses and organisations that exist to make a difference for women and girls living in poverty.

Eligibility Criteria:

She by Spark is looking for female South African social entrepreneurs who:

– Have already launched a social enterprise that is already making a difference in the lives of tens of women and/or girls living in poverty in South Africa.

– Want to scale their social enterprise to impact many more women and girls living in poverty.

Programme Details:

If you are successful in your application you: 


  • An intensive five day live-in workshop in Johannesburg where you join a small group of Spark* Changemakers and access world class social entrepreneurship training designed to help you focus your non-profit or business and accelerate the growth of your venture.


  • Beyond the accelerator you receive ongoing training and support from Spark* International and we connect you to experts and professionals who can help you as you launch and grow your non-profit or social business.
  • Specifically Spark will provide you with three years of access to graphic designers, website creators, business coaches, mentors, research assistants, lawyers and accountants (all super helpful for you as a social entrepreneur working to grow your venture). 
  • You also have the opportunity to continually apply for small grants (approximately 2000 – 2500 rand) to help you overcome barriers and test ideas to grow the impact or sustainability of your venture.


  •  Spark* is an official pipeline partner with a number of powerful organisations that can help you scale a proven social enterprise including Ashoka, Echoing Green and the Unreasonable Institute as well as impact investors to help you raise capital if you are a social enterprise. We can prepare you for these opportunities and make connections for you.



  • Each successful applicant contributes 1000 Rand to the cost of the program. This amount helps Spark* provide you with 5 days of accommodation, food, transport and world class training as well as three years of ongoing support and connections.
  • The cost to Spark* is much higher but you are requested make this contribution to help us cover a small portion of the expenses we will incur.
  • If you are not able to make 1000 Rand contribution, you are encouraged to seek sponsorship from friends, family, or your community.


You will be notified of the status of your application by the 22nd of June 2015.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2015 SHE by Spark* Changemaker Program for Female Entrepreneurs


  1. […] The Spark* Accelerator is an experience that many of the entrepreneurs refer to as ‘life-changing’. Your brain will hurt. You will laugh. You may even cry! In five days you will move to a whole new level of effectiveness as an entrepreneur. Your startup will become super focused, you will be better equipped to change the lives of people living in poverty, your business model will be way stronger, you will be a better entrepreneur, you will be better at raising cash, making deals, getting impact and getting sh#t done!   […]


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