Road to Growth in South Africa

Our seven-week intensive Road to Growth programme has run in South Africa since 2022 with the support of our partners.

With the support of our partners, DHL Express and the Gordon Institute of Business Science’s (GIBS) Entrepreneurship Development Academy, our seven-week intensive business training programme Road to Growth has been running in South Africa since 2022.

Road to Growth is one of the Foundation’s five flagship programmes. The seven-week intensive business management and investment readiness programme uses a unique, custom-built online learning tool. This programme also presents the women who participate with networking opportunities within the group, serving as a highly successful professional and personal support system.

So far, over 50 women have participated in Road to Growth in South Africa. 

Why did we Road to Growth to South Africa?

33% less Women-owned SMEs in South Africa have up to 33% lower turnover than men's.

49 / 54 South Africa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem ranks 49th out of 54 countries surveyed by GEM.

$100 billion Sub-Saharan African economies lose $100 billion every year due to the labour market gender gap.

Road to Growth's impact in South Africa

72% of participants reported improved confidence in their ability to succeed in business.

80% of participants demonstrated changes in business knowledge.

100% of participants increased their local network.

Road to Growth: an intensive business management and investment readiness programme

Road to Growth is one of the Foundation's five flagship programmes, which also include Road to Leadership, Road to Finance, HerVenture and the Mentoring Women in Business programme. The programme is delivered over seven weeks, covering a new topic every week. Road to Growth is currently delivered in Nigeria, Kenya and Guyana.

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Our partners

Road to Growth in South Africa is supported by our partner DHL, and delivered with our partner Sinapis.