We support game changing, women-led impact ventures that are improving the lives of people living in poverty across the African region. Our program provides the region’s most promising female entrepreneurs with access to the skills, knowledge, connections, funding and community they need to build sustainable and scalable ventures.
It has been designed and is delivered by women entrepreneurs, for women entrepreneurs. The idea for yher was born in Africa - where more women are pursuing entrepreneurship per capita than anywhere else in the world. yher leverages ygap's proven model which has been developed by running over 47 programs and supporting more than 541 impact ventures globally.
Start your yher journey by taking part in a six day intensive in-person entrepreneurship program in South Africa. There, you will get access to our proven curriculum, developed over the course of running 47 programs globally, and delivered by our world class local and global facilitation team. We take a holistic approach to our program, accelerating not just the venture but YOU as an entrepreneur, ensuring you have the tools, techniques, courage and tribe of women supporting you to handle the roller coaster journey that is life as a social entrepreneur.
You will become part of a community of inspiring, supportive and like-minded women entrepreneurs all working towards solving social and environmental challenges across the region.
After having spent a week deep diving into your business model in South Africa, you get access to six months of remote coaching, resources, small grants, connections and more.
At the end of the support phase, we will work with the entrepreneurs who have made the most progress and have been the most engaged and proactive to obtain further funding and support.
The yher programme challenged me to think hard about myself and really explore the 'why' of my business. I had to re-evaluate my business deeply in order to scale it in the most sustainable and impactful way. It was an intensely emotional and challenging week and I couldn't have done it without the support of this amazing group of women. I am proud to say that I am part of this community where I feel safe to open up and share.
Katapult | Mauritius
My time at yher has boosted my confidence as a female founder - the mentors and supportive female founder community have helped me run an impactful business with clear metrics and goals. The follow on tailored support and an opportunity to consult on everyday business challenges has created a safe space for me to grow and to be sure I am not alone in the race. Are you a female founder out there? I strongly encourage you to apply, your life and business will not remain the same.
Teheca Health | Uganda
Our Point Of Difference
Why us? What makes us different?
It’s simple. We truly believe that change is driven by socially conscious businesses and we want to see women running bigger and better ventures.
We are entrepreneurs ourselves. We’ve started highly successful social enterprises, run global campaigns and accelerated 541 startup impact ventures across five countries, helping to provide opportunities for more than 1,295,411 people affected by disadvantage to break the poverty cycle.
Thanks to our amazing supporters we are able to offer you this program for FREE. We'll cover the cost of everything apart from your travel to and from the program (scholarships are available for those that need them).
We take you through a tried and tested curriculum designed specifically BY women FOR women.
We take a holistic approach to our program, accelerating not just your venture but YOU as an entrepreneur, ensuring that you have the tools, techniques, courage and tribe of women supporting you to handle the roller coaster journey that is life as an impact entrepreneur.
Who We Look For
You're A Woman Entrepreneur
We believe the solutions to today's toughest challenges are entrepreneurial, and that women are the most powerful levers for change in our world. You must have at least one woman co-founder who will participate in the program.
Your Contributing Towards The Sustainable Development Goals
Your venture must exist to improve the lives of people living in poverty and align with one or more of the Global Sustainable Development Goals. If it exists to improve the lives of women and girls, then that's even better.
You're In Your Early Stages
You will have already fully developed, tested or launched your venture and demonstrate early traction or proof of concept. Your intervention should be innovative and unique, and will typically have been in operation less than two years.
You Possess A Deep Understanding Of The Issue
You and your team should know the ecosystem deeply, whether through lived experience or from working in the sector, and be committed to addressing the issue in the long term.
You Want To Connect & Grow
You're eager to learn from, share and connect with like-minded women entrepreneurs from the across the African continent and beyond.
Since attending yher, our growth has been phenomenal and it has enabled us to remain committed to our goal to demonstrate how a social enterprise - one that is built on addressing critical challenges faced by the world's most vulnerable women - can be sustainable and scalable. The yher peer review funding from has assisted us to define ourselves through industry leadership, equitable team structure and innovative partnerships.
Safe Motherhood Alliance | Zambia
As a female founder in Africa, we face a lot of barriers, and unfair challenges that deter us from navigating the entrepreneurship landscape with ease. For many months after launching my business, Maid in Johannesburg, I felt like I was going around in circles with no-one to reach out to for help. This feeling of loneliness and uncertainty pushed me to apply for the yher programme. The programme was valuable because it helped me to clarify my WHY. Additionally, I was able to build a tribe of female founders across Africa who empathised with me. Since then, we regularly share entrepreneurial advice which makes the experience less lonely and fun too."
Maid in Johannesburg | South Africa
yher is a program by ygap, an international independent development non-for-profit with offices in Australia, Africa, South Asia and the Pacific Islands. To date, our local teams have run over 47 accelerator programs and supported over 541 ventures that have gone on to provide opportunities for more than 1,295,411 people affected by disadvantage in these regions to break the poverty cycle. yher is ygap’s female focussed program, which adapts ygap’s proven model to back the most promising female impact entrepreneurs in the regions we operate in.