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Cohort one
Supported by Bold in Africa and the British Council.

Application Deadline:

 6pm, Thursday 16th November 2023.

Bold in Africa is pleased to announce its partnership with the British Council in launching the Creative DNA Africa programme in Uganda.

This Fashion Incubator programme has been designed and will be delivered by Bold in Africa, via The Bold Woman Fund.

The programme is designed to scale businesses, sharpen business skills, strengthen networks in Uganda and the UK, and offer an opportunity for action-based learning for early-stage fashion enterprises. It has been carefully tailored for early-stage fashion businesses that will support micro, small and medium fashion sector enterprises.

The incubator will focus on scaling the business and creative skills of female Ugandan fashion industry players with the ambition of demonstrating that the sector is a professional choice for young people and a valuable contributor to the creative economy.

Bold in Africa calls all young female (18 to 35 years) creatives in the fashion industry to apply to the Creative DNA Africa programme, Cohort 1.

This programme is open to 20 women fashion entrepreneurs. It is free of a charge to successful applicants and will be divided into 2 cohorts of 10, implemented over a period of 6 months, it includes:

  • Weekly training sessions led by industry experts.

  • Capacity Building for Fashion Practitioners.

  • Fashion Pop-ups and Policy Discussions.

  • Convening of Creative DNA Alumni Network.

The 8 week training program focuses on the business side of the fashion industry. Classes will run once a week on Saturdays from Saturday 25th November to Saturday 27th January (Christmas break included), at the Bold in Africa studio.


The programme will focus on the business side of the fashion industry:

  • Business Strategy.

  • Brand Development.

  • Marketing.

  • Sales.

  • Operations and Management.

  • Financial Systems.

  • Scaling your Business and exploring opportunities.


Ugandan-based women in production in the fashion industry that meet the following requirements:

  • Applicants must be between the age of 18 and 35.

  • With at least a year of practical experience in fashion, production and retailing (taking products to market).

  • Producing quality products that fit within the Bold in Africa aesthetic.

  • Running a businesses that is facing challenges in moving to the next level, especially on the retail front.

  • Have an existing portfolio showcasing their work, including pictures.  

  • Samples should be available on request.

  • Applicants do not need to be producing under a registered business.

  • Applicants should be available to attend a 3-5 hour in-person session every Saturday, with the exception of public holidays, for the duration of the training program.

Creative DNA Africa is supported by the British Council. 


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