Road to Growth

Our seven-week intensive business management and investment readiness programme for women entrepreneurs.

Road to Growth is an intensive business management and investment readiness programme for women entrepreneurs, using a unique, custom-built online learning tool. Many Road to Growth programmes combine in-class training with online learning, while other variations of the programme have been adapted to be delivered entirely online.

As participants progress through Road to Growth, they build and develop their business growth plan each week so that at the end of the training, they have a clear vision and direction for their business. The programme is delivered over seven weeks, covering a new topic every week.

Road to Growth is currently delivered in Nigeria, Kenya and Guyana. It has also previously been delivered in Mexico, Vietnam and Indonesia. It’s proven a highly successful model, enhancing business knowledge and confidence, creating growth, developing networks and increasing women entrepreneurs’ preparedness to access to finance.

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Road to Growth has supported hundreds of women entrepreneurs in Nigeria, with the programme currently being rolled out for the fourth time there in Autumn 2021.

Road to Growth's impact

100% of Road to Growth participants in Mexico in 2018 and 2019 had a clearer vision and direction for their business

92% of Road to Growth participants in Mexico in 2018 and 2019 felt more comfortable speaking with lenders

55% of Road to Growth participants in Nigeria 2020 had either sustained or increased their business revenue, despite the impact of COVID-19

A history of Road to Growth

2021- We are delivering our fourth Road to Growth programme in Nigeria

100 women entrepreneurs have been selected to participate in Road to Growth. 50 of those selected will undertake combined in-class and online training, and 50 have been selected to take part in training which is completely online.

2021- We are delivering our first Road to Growth programme in Guyana

25 women will be selected to undertake an intensive, seven-week financial literacy and investment readiness training course. The course will be delivered mainly online.

2021- We are delivering our first Road to Growth programme in Kenya

200 women will be selected to undertake an intensive, seven-week financial literacy and investment readiness training course, which will be delivered entirely online.

2021- Road to Growth is delivered in Vietnam and Indonesia for the first time

450 women entrepreneurs in Vietnam and Indonesia were selected to take part in Road to Growth as part of the WEAVE initiative.

2020-2021 - Third Road to Growth programme in Nigeria delivered

250 women entrepreneurs in Nigeria were selected for our third Road to Growth programme, which was delivered as combined in-class and online learning training.

2019-2020 - Road to Growth returns to Nigeria for second time

Our second Road to Growth programme was run as two separate versions. The first combined both in-class and online learning, for which 800 women entrepreneurs were selected. Over 500 women entrepreneurs were selected for the second version, delivered entirely online.

2019: Road to Growth delivered in Mexico for the second time

180 women entrepreneurs were selected to take part in our Second Road to Growth programme in Mexico.

2017-2018: Road to Growth delivered in Mexico for first time

500 women entrepreneurs were selected to take part in our first Road to Growth programme in Mexico.

2015-2016 - Road to Growth piloted in Nigeria

500 women entrepreneurs were selected to take part in our first pilot of Road to Growth in Nigeria, which was initially run as a six-week intensive learning course, blending both in-class learning and online learning.

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