C. Moore Media, International Public Relations (CMM), a New York-headquartered PR agency focusing on the US, UK, and African markets, announces the launch of the third edition of The Future is Female Mentorship Program. The program is a Public Relations (PR) and communications mentorship program dedicated exclusively to the business development needs of African female tech founders. The program is the first of its kind in Africa.
During the mentorship program, female founders will learn insights into the fundamentals of PR and communications for early-stage tech startups; they will also learn how to create a communications plan, storytelling best practices, strategic business communications with multiple stakeholders, how to secure premium partnerships, and more. The program will also provide mentees with insights customized for the unique needs of their business and sector.
“We have had such an incredible response and are excited to launch the third edition, which will build upon previous editions and further scale the program as we announce the new partners joining us this year,” said Claudine Moore, CEO/Founder, C. Moore Media, International Public Relations, and Adjunct Professor, New York University.
“African female tech founders continue to go unsupported in the male-dominated tech space. We want to support these founders by providing expertise in PR and communications to help them gain visibility for their startups, grow their business, and ultimately attract the right investors.”
The third edition of the program will expand on the second edition, which included:
2. The launch of a dedicated www.thefutureisfemalementorshipprogram.com providing information to growing regional and global audiences.
3. The growth and influence of the program led to global business publication Forbes Magazine partnering to exclusively announce the 2021 selected mentees.
Many of the program’s alumnae have featured in top-tier global media and secured global and regional investments that have enabled them to further the development of their startups. Ugandan Shamim Kaliisa, Founder of Chil AI Lab and an alumna of the program, was invited to be a part of the inaugural Bloomberg New Economy Catalysts class launched by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The initiative highlights the world’s brightest innovators at the leading edge of technology, solving problems in emerging economies. Kaliisa said she learned “how to leverage the power of storytelling and media relations to attract the proper attention from customers, investors, and media” through the program.
What the 2022 Program Offers
The program’s third edition promises to reach even more African female founders from across the Continent while introducing additional partners in more diverse sectors, expanding the resources, network, expertise, and knowledge available to mentees.
Mirroring previous editions, the third edition of The Future is Female Mentorship Program will provide African female tech founders of early-stage startups with the PR and communications insights, knowledge, and skills needed to gain visibility and grow their business. It is aimed at African women based on the Continent or in the diaspora and is launching or growing a tech business for African markets or serving Africans in the diaspora.
The program is delivered virtually, and the mentees are invited to participate in masterclasses and sessions customized to the specific needs of their sector and business. During the mentorship program, female founders will learn insights into the fundamentals of PR and communications for tech startups, including creating a communications plan, incorporating storytelling into your business communications with multiple stakeholders, and more. During the selection process, CMM will give special consideration to startups that focus on health, education, finance, agriculture, and sustainability. In addition, startups that provide solutions and/or address African women’s and girls’ needs will also receive special consideration.
How to Apply
The application portal for The Future is Female Mentorship Program will open at noon (WAT) on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, and close at 11:59 pm (WAT) on Friday, July 29, 2022. CMM will announce the successful female founders on Monday, August 22, 2022.
African Female founders interested in applying to be part of the third edition of The Future is Female Mentorship Program can find more information here.