The Women in Entrepreneurship Dialogue platform is a space created by the Stimulus Women’s Network to enable women and men to come together and discuss issues related to gender balance, equity and women’s economic empowerment. The platform hosts a series of round table events throughout the year. The mission is to Engage through dialogue, Inform through resources, Inspire through testimonials and Support though mentorship.
Get in the Ring [GITR] is a global pitch competition which Stimulus Africa holds the Zimbabwe licence since 2015. The pitch competition enables entrepreneurs from around the country to apply and ultimately ten - twelve young entrepreneurial men and women participate in the national final. The Winner of the Zimbabwe national final, goes on to the Southern Africa Regional final and if successful goes on to the global final.
Women Empowerment Program 2015 - The team ran a 6 month economic empowerment program for female artists from Aug 15 – March 16. The goal of the program was to work with 10 female artists building their capacity through Entrepreneurship, Project Management, Leadership, Mentorship and Networking. We supported the artists with theoretical training and projects that enabled them to have practical application to their learning.
The project seeks to enable an emerging generation of change makers to connect, develop and scale up their social & economic initiatives, take civic action for improved accountability & responsiveness. INgage offers creative studios (Stimulus Innovation Centre) as safe & neutral spaces to learn & develop. It also serves as the mobile studio that reaches out to peri-urban youth including our work with the young women from Oasis Zimbabwe.
Stimulus Africa’s core activities are centred around capacity development for entrepreneurs with the goal of growing these businesses and seeing them become employers. The Programme is designed to support entrepreneurs whilst giving an opportunity to some of the poorest young people in society by teaching them intrapreneuership, computer skills and administrative skills needed for seeking employment.
Our philosophy of ‘growing together’ fosters the spirit of growth being a community activity not a self focused process. We are establishing a research, advocacy & information generation & dissemination platform called Zambuko [meaning bridge in Shona a Zimbabwean language]. The goal is to give youth access to information, opportunities to participate in civil society and the private sector.
Stimulus Africa seeks to reach & support urban & peri-urban youth across Zimbabwe initially with the long term view of supporting youth across Africa. With this goal in mind we have developed two programs to support young women at risk, HIV orphans & youth from the poorest communities with mentorship & entrepreneurial learning /work readiness training whilst providing a platform for them to lend their voices.
The Pivot Institute is an accelerator program that focuses investment in 12 high impact entrepreneurs per cycle, enabling them to build their businesses in a supportive environment for 12 months. During this time they have access to technical support, company registration, capacity development training, business coaching, mentorship, networking, dedicated secure work space and access to seed funding.
Stimulus Africa has partnered with World Education/Bantwana and Transformation Africa on the Dreams Project which seeks to economically empower 3 100 young women in Bulawayo, Gweru and Mazowe. The project sees Stimulus Africa deliver a series of trainer of trainers [TOT] training courses to groups of community based orgnaisations that work directly with young girls. Through our project management network we will also be monitoring and evaluating the trainers delivery to the end beneficiaries for the duration of the project.