Aidha Business Accelerator 2020

The Aidha Business Accelerator course has changed the way I think about business in a positive way. My business plan changed from a basic plan to a well detailed and structured plan throughout the course. The mentors were amazing in helping us reach our full potential.

Tina Anggraeni, Indonesia, graduated in 2016

Who should enrol

Aidha Alumni based in Singapore or overseas (recent or past graduates of the old Module 2 on entrepreneurship (Venture Club) or the new Module 3 – Start Your Business).

Participants from the previous editions of the Aidha Business Accelerator and the Alumni Development Programme (ADP) are welcome to join the programme again to benefit from the new workshops, speakers, concepts and funding support.

Duration and course fees

Given the public health situation, the start of the 2020 Aidha Business Accelerator programme has been postponed until further notice. If you’re interested to join the programme, please email us at [email protected].

5 months
One to two workshops per month
One to two mentoring sessions per month

The programme cost is only $50.

Aidha has a strict no walk-in policy for this course. Participants are required to register in advance for the programme.

What you’ll get

The Aidha Business Accelerator provides support to Aidha alumni who aspire to set up or strengthen their own businesses. Aidha has revamped the ABA programme to offer more customised support and significant new funding opportunities. We will offer 2 tracks.

‘Take Off’ is a track for alumni based in Singapore or overseas who already have a business in their home country (or are ready to start a business in the next 3 months).The Accelerator will take them to the next level through individualised support and funding while they are expanding or launching their business. Participants selected for this track will each receive up to $2,500 funding for their businesses! A maximum of five participants will be selected for this track for each cycle of the Accelerator.

‘Runway’ is a track for alumni based in Singapore who are looking for more support to get ready to start their businesses. This track is designed to ensure that students are gaining new skills, have access to greater resources and are making improvements towards starting their businesses. Our ‘Runway’ track can help participants prepare to move on to our ‘Take Off’ track in the future!

For both tracks, the programme consists of business topics and soft skills development workshops, small group or one-to-one mentoring and networking opportunities.

  • Monthly workshops on advanced business topics
  • Dedicated business plan mentoring in small groups for ‘Runway’ (alumni grouped by business plan stage and/or by business type) and one-to-one for ‘Take Off’
  • Specialised workshops with Aidha’s partners such as Facebook’s #SheMeansBusiness and Google 
  • Up to $2,500 in funding for each selected participant of the ‘Take Off’ ($1,250 upon selection into the programme and $1,250 halfway through the programme upon completion of agreed milestones)

Application process

‘Runway’ track. All alumni of Aidha’s Module 3 – Start Your Business and old Module 2 (Venture Club) can join ABA and will automatically be enrolled in the Runway track upon payment of the $50 registration fee.

‘Take Off’ track. Those who have a business in their home country (or are planning to start one within 3 months) and wish to apply for the Take off track will be required to submit a number of documents and/or other materials demonstrating the viability of their business (Click below for more details.) Those shortlisted will be required to attend a final review session (face-to-face or via Skype/ Zoom for overseas candidates). Note that those wishing to apply for the Take Off track will also need to register to join ABA.

Additional benefits
  • Networking opportunities with Aidha alumni who have already set up successful businesses 
  • Support of a network of experts and resource people
  • Access to a computer lab before and after class
  • A safe environment to learn and have fun


Session 1 10.30am – 12.30pm
Workshop 1: Refining your business idea (demand analysis, competitive advantage, positioning)

1.30pm – 3.30pm
Mentoring session on campus

Session 2 morning or afternoon
For ‘Take off’ participants only: one-to-one mentoring session 

Session 3 10.30am – 12.30pm 
Workshop 2:Price and profitability + cash flow

1.30pm – 3.30pm

Runway’ participants: Optional workshop – Elevator pitch and presentation skills

‘Take off’ participants: One-to-one mentoring on campus

Session 4 morning or afternoon
For ‘Take off’ participants only – Optional: one-to-one mentoring session 

Session 5 10.30am – 12.30pm 
Workshop 3: Financing your small business 

1.30pm – 3.30pm
Mentoring session on campus

Session 6 morning or afternoon
For ‘Take off’ participants only: one-to-one mentoring session

Session 7 10.30am – 12.30pm
Workshop 4: Social media and digital marketing for small businesses

1.30pm – 3.30pm
‘Runway’ participants: Optional workshop – Website creation and e-commerce

‘Takeoff’ participants: One-to-one mentoring on campus

Session 8 morning or afternoon
For ‘Take off’ participants only: one-to-one mentoring session 

Session 9 10.30am – 12.30pm
Workshop 5: How to negotiate and create successful partnerships?

1.30pm – 3.30pm
Mentoring session on campus

Session 10  morning or afternoon
For ‘Takeoff’ participants only: one-to-one mentoring session 

Session 11 10.30am – 12.30pm 
Workshop 6: Success factors for sustainable micro businesses

1.30pm – 3.30pm 

Mentoring session on campus













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