Are you a woman entrepreneur in Fiji? Leading a small business offering traveller experiences? You’re eligible to apply for our yher Sustainable Tourism Accelerator – access skills, knowledge, connections, micro grants and community, essentials to help your business thrive.
This edition of our yher Accelerator focuses on women entrepreneurs in sustainable tourism – alongside our phenomenal partners, we’re here to support Fiji’s women in business grow impactful businesses in the tourism sector.
The Accelerator includes a week-long, live-in Bootcamp and 6-month support phase, tailored assistance fusing mentorship, masterclasses, site visits and micro-grants.
For this cohort, we’re delighted to have strengthened our partnership with Tourism Fiji’s Destination Development team – they’ll be providing their expertise of nurturing early-stage tourism ventures and support you to create lasting industry partnerships for your business. You’ll also have the opportunity to attend Tourism Fiji’s premier event – the Fiji Tourism Exchange.
Join a dynamic cohort of 12 like-minded women entrepreneurs and access skills, knowledge, connections, micro grants and community, essentials to help your business grow.
The tourism industry is the greatest contributor to Fiji’s economy. Travellers are indicating that they want more responsible, sustainable tourism options and key stakeholders across Fiji’s tourism sector are following suit.
However launching and scaling a tourism business can be challenging. The industry dynamics and structure can be complex and difficult to navigate, even intimidating.
Local startups and small businesses can struggle to have their voices heard or make the connections they need to build their business. This is particularly apparent for underestimated business owners, such as women entrepreneurs.
Together, we can help level the playing field and create a more inclusive, impactful tourism sector. Where businesses like yours, can thrive.
I have come out of my shell. I lead and run meetings, I manage a team – now, I’m confident! I will always acknowledge ygap. Because of you, I am doing this. I give credit to yher for letting me think outside the box. I want to see how far I can go with business, be a role model and motivate young women entrepreneurs. For the big help of yher, I am very grateful.
Ana Malamuvatu • KAVALICIOUS TAVEUNI
APPLICATIONS OPEN WED 23RD JAN
You have 3 weeks to apply for our yher Sustainable Tourism Accelerator! If you have questions, you’re welcome to book us in for a 1:1 session. Or you can reach out via email@example.com
APPLICATIONS CLOSE WED 14TH FEB
Doors stay open until FJT midnight, Wednesday 14th February. Submissions will be assessed throughout our recruitment, so we encourage you to apply early.
ONBOARDING MON 19TH – FRI 23RD
All applicants will be notified of the outcome by Monday 19th February. If successful, you will proceed to our onboarding process and our team will arrange your travel.
BOOTCAMP SUN 25TH FEB – FRI 1ST MAR
Held in Nadi, the residential Bootcamp is an immersive, live-in experience – over 5 days, you will nail your business model and prepare for growth, while connecting with an inspiring group of women entrepreneurs.
SUPPORT MON 11TH MAR – FRI 21ST JUN
Over 6 months, participants will receive holistic and tailored support – mentors, connections, coaching sessions, masterclasses, micro grants and access to our global learning platform.
FIJI TOURISM EXCHANGE SUN 5TH – TUE 7TH May
Attend Tourism Fiji’s premier event – the Fiji Tourism Exchange. Bringing together international trade, media and local tourism suppliers in one location, this is a unique opportunity for participants to create business opportunities and connect with stakeholders.
MARIA ROVA • SIGAVOU STUDIOS
You’re a women entrepreneur in Fiji – you are woman in business, leading an emerging or small venture in Fiji.
You’re after the tourism market – you’re either exclusively focused on tourism or incorporating travel experiences into a complimentary business. Either way, you are hoping to welcome more travelers and grow your reach.
You’re in the early stages – you have fully developed, tested or launched a tourism experience (or multiple experiences), able to demonstrate early traction or proof of concept.
There is heart behind your hustle – you aspire to make a positive difference in your community or environment, your business helping grow a better Fiji.
You have a big, beautiful vision – you may be starting small but you’re keen to progress your venture and scale your impact.
You want to connect and grow – you’re eager to learn from, share and connect with likeminded women entrepreneurs from across Fiji and beyond.
You will bring your A-Game – if successful, you are prepared to roll up your sleeves and make the best of the opportunity.
We will accept a written or video application. Applications close FJT Midnight, Wednesday 14th February
Prefer a Written Application? Please complete our online application form, available here.
Prefer a Video Application? If you feel more comfortable expressing yourself verbally, you are also most welcome to submit a video with your answers. Please ensure you provide answers to all questions in our online application – these need to be answered within your video. Once ready, please submit your video to firstname.lastname@example.org
Have Questions? Our team would is standing by – you can book us in for a 1:1 call or you can email your questions to email@example.com
When we refer to a sustainable tourism business, we are seeking entrepreneurs aiming to create positive environmental or social change through their tourism venture or experiences. For inspiration and examples, check out our friends at Duavata Sustainable Collective.
Yes! Our upcoming Accelerator is for businesses offering travel oriented experiences – if you have a business that offers things to do, places to stay or experiences to try, you are very welcome to apply.
Some examples are farm visits, art or craft classes culinary classes or historical walks.
Unfortunately, no. As are committed to build the agency and capacity of the power of local leaders, we are looking to support ideas by locals on the ground.
Yes, you can. We understand that getting a new venture off the ground can take time, and that you may not yet be making enough money to support yourself and your loved ones to work on it full time. That being said, we do expect our successful applicants to be working on problems they are passionate about and are aiming to work on their venture full time as soon as is feasible. Our program can help you get there sooner.
This year, our yher Accelerator is only open to women entrepreneurs in Fiji. We especially welcome iTaukei women entrepreneurs to apply for this program.
Yes, you can, however only one woman founder from your team can take part in the program.