HerVenture in South Africa
Our free business skills app HerVenture has supported over 4,200 women entrepreneurs in South Africa to grow their businesses.
HerVenture is one of the Foundation’s five flagship programmes. The business skills mobile learning app provides women entrepreneurs of micro and small enterprises with the knowledge and skills to successfully grow their businesses. It has reached more than 80,000 women to date, supporting over 4,200 women in South Africa alone.
The app offers essential business training and support on the go. It features a range of learning tracks on topics, including launching a business, accessing finance, expanding market access and e-commerce.
In South Africa, where women-owned SMEs have up to 33% lower turnover than men’s, HerVenture is providing personalised learning content to ensure women entrepreneurs have the skills they need to thrive.
HerVenture's 2022 achievements in South Africa
75% improved their business performance after using the app.
95% of users reported changes in business knowledge after using the app.
96% of users implemented improved business practices.
HerVenture has been available in South Africa since June 2021, where it has supported thousands of women to strengthen and grow their businesses. The app’s continued success is made possible thanks to our funding partners DHL Express and, and in-country delivery partners the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) Entrepreneurship Development Academy and the Small Enterprise Development Agency (Seda).
For more information about the history of the the app, please take a look at our HerVenture programme page.
HerVenture: a business skills learning app
HerVenture is one of the Foundation's five flagship programmes, which also include Road to Growth, Road to Leadership, Road to Finance and the Mentoring Women in Business programme. It provides women entrepreneurs of micro and small enterprises with the knowledge and skills to successfully grow their businesses. It has reached more than 80,000 women to date.
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