2022 USAID/African Management Institute Emerge Programme (Scholarship available)

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Last Updated on September 27, 2022

USAID/African Management Institute Emerge Programme

This programme supports women-led businesses based in South Africa address barriers to accessing finance, build leadership confidence & buy-in, and close financial deals.

The programme learning journey focuses on taking your business through 4 key phases of your journey over a 4 month period. Each stage is approximately 3-4 weeks long. You’ll be supported by key AMI staff during this period including the Programme Facilitator and a dedicated AMI Programme & Learning Manager.

  • Phase 1 – Why are you not getting the finance you want?
  • Phase 2 – How to maximise your chances of success
  • Phase 3 – How to seal the deal
  • Phase 4 – Access to finance


  • Address barriers to accessing finance with practical tools: Learn how to implement critical business practices that will plug gaps impeding ability to access finance
  • Enhance your power skills: Learn how to build leadership confidence through crafting and communicating powerful storytelling and pitching techniques, initiative-taking and using values to shape behaviours.
  • Access Finance: Businesses that successfully complete the learning journey will be linked to relevant financial providers.
  • Networking and Peer Learning: Businesses in the programme will receive access to peer learning and collaboration to work through challenges and encourage you to keep driving toward your ultimate goal.


  • Full scholarship to qualifying applicants/businesses is available.


  • Open to women-led businesses in South Africa experiencing challenges in accessing finance;
  • The main participant and applicant must be the CEO, Managing Director, Owner, or Founder of the business and must be an active participant in the programme;
  • Generated annual revenue of R500,000 – R5,000,000 in the last financial year;
  • Be operational for more than 2 years;
  • Willing to work online – i.e. Must have a smartphone/Internet connection to access online tools, courses and online community;
  • Willing to share performance/financial data as part of finance linkage.


Click here to apply

For more information, visit Emerge Programme

Deadline: October 3, 2022

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