Interactive resources for incubators and accelerators
Interactive resources for incubators and accelerators
Interactive resources for incubators and accelerators

Program Content

The content of your accelerator or incubator program can vary depending on your focus as an organisation, and the enterprises and entrepreneurs you support. In general, it tends to include a mix of workshops, masterclasses and other resources. The content  can be created and delivered by different stakeholders, including the accelerator team, mentors, subject matter experts, etc.

  • KEY PROBLEM(S)

    Entrepreneurs from different gendered backgrounds may differ in the way that they are able to receive, learn and apply information. This could be due to a number of causes, one being that they did not get access to the same educational or venture support opportunities prior to entering the program, and therefore may have different needs when it comes to content (language, level of literacy, vocabulary, format, etc.).

  • DESIRED OUTCOME(S)

    Your curriculum content is powerful and enabling for all participants regardless of gender.

  • HOW TO MEASURE THIS

    Example measurement indicators and collection methods can be found here.

Why it matters

For entrepreneurs to be effectively supported, the content of your program must be able to be received and understood. Otherwise, the potential for the venture to build capacity through your program is diminished. 

Reflection

What level of education/support do entrepreneurs have when entering our program?

Have we reviewed our curriculum to ensure it can be understood by all participants?

Is there space for us to create parallel programs or different options or examples to enable better learning?

Does our curriculum content privilege different gendered groups? Is the language used suitable?

Strategies

  • 1.

    Work with your entrepreneurs to understand their level of technical ability so you can cater your program content accordingly. Test different examples to explain concepts, and see what are the ones that resonate with different entrepreneurs, allowing them to apply the content to their enterprises.

  • 2.

    Ensure that robust templates and frameworks are available for entrepreneurs to work through at their own pace, and test them with the entrepreneurs to understand whether they are having the desired outcomes. Also, ensure program content and supporting materials are able to be used by all entrepreneurs (language and format).

  • 3.

    Include content to address gender and power issues within the curriculum.