IGNITE: African Women in Agribusiness Programme FAQs
Ignite Life/ Housing
Ignite, an African Women in Agribusiness Initiative nurtures and turns ground-breaking ideas into profitable and sustainable Agribusinesses.
Residential Training, Internship, Coaching, Mentoring, Funding, Exposure/Networking.
- Ignite Within- Online
We see fire in almost all our ignitees (participants). This fire sparks during this phase where they discover themselves, their gifts, talents, hidden biases and beliefs that could be getting in their way to reaching their full potentials as Agriprenuers. Online support to put the mirror right in front of them to assess self and discover greatness.
- Ignite for Change- Residential Training
We at Ignite believe that one of the best ways to learn is to stay away from it all. This means, Ignitees will be staying in a residence for six weeks during the course, During this period, they get space and time to grasp what is being taught and subject themselves to the fire in the residence.
Coaching: Ignite's coaching focuses on specific tasks and objectives with weekly deliverables. This impactful journey runs concurrently with the residential training.
Exposure/ Networking: We know it's hard to build a successful business and it's even harder if one is not plugged into a community of people that can make positive impact on one's business. We therefore create platforms for Ignitees to meet potential business partners, investors, donors, clients and other major stakeholders.
- Reach to Ignite- Internships
To us, this is a period of work experience offered by an orgnisation. Our internship can be likened to apprenticeship where Ignitees go through a four-week on-the-job training within organisations.
- Mobilize to Ignite-Funding This is a platform for our Ignitees to raise funds and friends for their businesses. It is very good to acquire all the necessary skills to start a business but it is also important to get capital to work with. Here, Ignitees mobilise resources to scale up their businesses.
- Spark to Ignite- Mentoring This is a six month journey between a catalyst (mentor) and an Ignitee.
- When Does Ignite 2018 Residential Start?
November 5th to December 14th.
- Are all the phases residential?
No...there is only a six-week residential phase.
- Participants will be housed in a dorm or similar accommodation. You are expected to share a room and bathroom with your fellow participants.
It is important to know you are comfortable with this arrangement before you apply. Please note that food and housing may be different from what you are used to. A mark of an Agripreneur is to be adaptable and welcome new experiences.
- How will room mates be paired?
We would like to promote cross-cultural communication as much as possible, which is why we will try to pair you up with someone from a different background. We are also striving to make good matches by taking into account the personal interests mentioned in your application.
- Are there sport activities?
There is a mandatory sporting activity every morning. You should bring your own sports clothes and footwear.
- Do I need to bring a laptop?
Yes. In order to take notes and work on assignments, a laptop or notebook is a must.
- Is there any exam to assess my performance?
There are no exams but there is an assignment system. If participants fail to deliver assignments, engage in a proactive, respectful, social and responsible manner, it could lead to termination of the agreement.
At the end of the programme,the outstanding graduate takes home a prize.
- Will I get holidays during the period?
The curriculum will be interrupted for some days in between phases. Exact dates will be announced once the program starts.
- Do I get a Scholarship, if selected?
Yes, scholarships will be arranged for exceptional applicants who are selected. By kind courtesy of our sponsors, scholarships will be available for deserving candidates. It covers 90% of the entire programme cost. You are required to fund the remaining 10%. which is one thousand Cedis (1,000) for Ghanaian participants and three hundred USD (300) for other African participants.
A scholarship covers the following expenses:
- Transportation for programme related purpose
- Full boarding, including shared accommodation and meals (while staying on Ignite campus)
- Programme materials
- Programme related costs, including faculty, materials and Alumni program membership
- What are the costs that need to be covered by me?
- 10% commitment fee
- Travel expenses to Ignite and back to place of origin
- Health Insurance
- Personal expenses
- When do I need to pay the Commitment Fee?
The fee will be collected once the selection for the programme is confirmed . Within seven(7) days of signing the scholarship grant agreement, you need to transfer a 1,000 cedis or 300 usd to the bank account of Guzakuza Or via mobile money.
- I am above thirty-five (35) years old, can I apply?
Ignite is for 35 years and below, however with a very strong and convincing Agribusiness idea and commitment,you can apply.
- I am not a woman,can I apply?
Ignite is for young women.
- I already have a full time job, Can I apply?
Ignite needs maximum time commitment,we therefore encourage young women who can make time for the entire programme to apply.
- I'm not a Ghanaian, can I apply?
Yes, Ignite is for African women in Agribusiness.
- Must I be a university graduate?
No. However, formal education plays a critical role in terms of the outcome we are looking for, therefore you should have a basic formal certificate from a recognised institution.
- I can't write, read or speak English. Am I eligible?
The entire programme is conducted in English, therefore proficiency in English Language is a requirement.