Villgro Philippines Opens For Applications From Women-Led Enterprises

Villgro Philippines WE Rise 2022
Applications for Villgro Philippines’ WE Rise Accelerator, for female entrepreneurs have opened!
Presented by Villgro Philippines, WE Rise Accelerator Program is taking application. The top 3 enterprises in WE Rise accelerator will receive $5000 in seed funding. Applications are due by October 24.


WE Rise Accelerator 2022

The WE Rise Accelerator is a 6-month program designed to help women entrepreneurs in the Philippines become investment-ready and access financing through hands-on learning activities, customized mentorship, and tailored leadership coaching. At the end of the program, 3 enterprises will be selected to receive USD 5,000 in seed funding. WE Rise Accelerator 2022 is led by Villgro Philippines in collaboration with The Sasakawa Peace Foundation.
WE Rise Accelerator will support 10 women-led enterprises in the Philippines to strengthen their business models, firm up their financial systems, and guide them in scaling their business and accessing the right capital for growth through learning activities, customized mentorship and tailored leadership coaching.
The program will be run from October 2022 to March 2023.
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An intensive accelerator program for 10 Filipina entrepreneurs to BUILD, GROW, and SCALE their enterprises in order to become investment-ready and finance-ready.
  • BUILD is a 1-month diagnostic and self-learning phase focused on identifying key challenges and growth areas, setting up strategic goals to de-risk the business models and set up for growth. 
  • GROW is a 4-month deep incubation phase focused mainly on mentorship and technical assistance on key areas like accounting, HR, IP, Branding, Marketing and introduction to investment readiness.
  • SCALE is the final phase of focused on investment readiness prep and support on fundraising.

What Makes WE Rise SPECIAL

WE Rise Accelerator is a flagship program from Villgro Philippines, designed with a sharp focus on financial challenges faced by Women Entrepreneurs. The program’s focus on access to capital, and the expert guidance on how to focus on growth and prepare for investments in a challenging environment for women-led businesses, is what makes WE Rise relevant and crucial for small and growing businesses. WE Rise is an opportunity for women entrepreneurs to access high-touch support for business success through intensive upskilling, development of resilient, gender smart business growth strategies, investment readiness training and hands on fundraising support, and coaching to become the best leader she can be.
Last date for applications: October 24, 2022
Please make sure to complete the application to qualify for the program.
If you have any questions or encounter any challenges, please contact the WE Rise team at


Villgro is an early-stage social enterprise incubator and investor. Villgro funds and mentors innovative social enterprises that are building solutions to improve the lives of the poor. Through its intensive hands-on model, Villgro works closely with entrepreneurs at the early stages, helping them navigate the challenges of getting to market faster and cheaper.
Set up in 2001, Villgro has supported over 120 social enterprises in India, who have gone on to raise almost USD 20 million in follow on funding, created about 4000 jobs and impacted the lives of around 15 million people. 

The article was initially published on 8th October 2022.