Most frequent questions and answers
Ignite, an African Women in Agribusiness Initiative nurtures and turns ground-breaking ideas into profitable and sustainable Agribusinesses.
Ignite Within: Online Mirroring
Ignite for Change: Residential
Reach to Ignite: Internship
Spark to Ignite: Coaching, Networking, Mentorship..
We see a burning desire in most of our participants to make a dent in the society. This desire is illuminated and guided by our structured online assessment program seeking to help participants discover themselves, gifts, talents, as well as hidden biases and beliefs that could be getting in the way of succeeding in business.
Our online support puts the mirror right in front of the participants to assess self and discover greatness
We at Ignite believe that one of the best ways to learn, is to stay away from all forms of distraction. As such, our participants will be staying in a residence for four (4) weeks and during this period, they get the space and time to develop exponentially.
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
We provide tailor made work experience embedded into the programme. Our internship can be likened to an apprenticeship where participants go through a four-week on-the-job training with our partner organizations’.
Participants can choose to have their internships in their countries or in Ghana. (Guzakuza can help facilitate this.)
- 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 virtual journey between a catalyst (mentor) and an Ignitee.
November 18th to December 8th
No…there is only a three-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 Agri-Entrepreneur is to be adaptable and welcome new experiences.
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.
There is a mandatory sporting activity every morning. You should bring your own sport clothes and footwear.
Yes. In order to take notes and work on assignments, a laptop or notebook is a must.
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.
NO. Guzakuza and partner organisations are committing 90% of the total costs into Ignite 2019 to have a direct impact on young women in Agribusiness.
Therefore, selected applicants commit to only 10% of the entire total cost.
We cover the following:
- Transportation for programme related purposes in Ghana.
- Full boarding and lodging (shared accommodation and meals while at Ignite residence)
- Programme materials
- Programme related costs, including tuition, mentorship, coaching.
- You cover the following.
- 10% commitment fee (Ghs 1,200 for Ghanaian participants and USD 300 for other African participants.)
- Travel expenses to Ignite residence and back to place of origin.
- Health Insurance
- Personal expenses
The fee will be collected once the selection for the programme is confirmed. Within fourteen (14) days of confirming your status, you need to transfer a 1,200 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 40 years and below, so 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.