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

Creating Access to your Program

You specifically develop your content, structure and networks in order to support enterprises that are at a certain stage of growth. This allows you  to maximise the value of your program for the entrepreneurs you support. Creating access for gender diverse entrepreneurs means ensuring that those entrepreneurs are ready and at the right stage to take part in your program.

  • KEY PROBLEM(S)

    Entrepreneurs from certain gender groups (e.g. women)  may not be as high quality compared to their counterparts when they apply for your program, so their applications get rejected during your selection phase.

  • DESIRED OUTCOME(S)

    Accepting more quality, gender diverse entrepreneurs into your programs.

  • HOW TO MEASURE THIS

    Example measurement indicators and collection methods can be found here.

Why it matters

Although you want to have gender diversity in your program, this shouldn’t come at the cost of compromising on the quality of the enterprises that get accepted. Accepting enterprises that are not ready can negatively impact the experience of the broader cohort as well as the experience of those enterprises’ entrepreneurs who won’t be able to fully benefit from the pace and content of your program.

Reflection

How is our current  ecosystem supporting gender diverse entrepreneurs?

Do all entrepreneurs have equal access to support, resources and participation, regardless of gender?

Do all genders have an equal chance of a successful outcome in our ecosystem?

Strategies

  • 1.

    Perform an analysis of the reasons why the enterprises founded by entrepreneurs from certain gender groups may not be at the same level as others. Is it that they don’t have access to the same educational opportunities? Or to the same resources?

  • 2.

    Have weighted criteria to deliberately assess each venture on their merits. Consider how you are assessing your enterprises. Certain factors may rate higher than others and make your program more accessible.

  • 3.

    Partner with an earlier stage or pre-accelerator program. This helps to identify and nurture enterprises who are at an earlier stage to enable them to develop their venture to a level where they can be accepted into a later program.

  • 4.

    Create a pre-program to attract capable entrepreneurs who have the ability but need support to get their venture to the stage where your program is suitable.