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She Entrepreneurs Leadership Programme 2019

Are you a woman with a vision? Do you want to develop as a social entrepreneur to lead change? Apply to She Entrepreneurs Leadership Programme 2019, a leadership programme unlike any other and take your social business initiative to a whole new level.

She Entrepreneurs is a recognised leadership programme for young emerging women social entrepreneurs in the MENA-region and Sweden by Swedish Institute. It is a leadership training within the context of working for an equal and sustainable society using entrepreneurial principles, and the programme is based on real business experiences and collaborative learning. At the heart of the programme is personal and professional development. The aim of She Entrepreneurs programme is to support young women social entrepreneurs by giving them the tools and methods they need to develop their social enterprise.

Many women entrepreneurs face unnecessary and made-up obstacles because of their gender. She Entrepreneurs wants to capitalise on these women’s capacities of bringing solutions to many of society’s major challenges. She Entrepreneurs is intended for women who have already started to build a social business. It is not enough to dream of social change; one must also find it exciting to take risks to accomplish that change. If you are a social entrepreneur, you know how to turn ideas into action, and you want to understand how to develop your business to make it more effective at creating value for society and generate money.

Benefits

-The opportunity to develop your own social business initiative and acquire personal skills and innovative tools.
-Support to think like an entrepreneur – from generating ideas to executing a strategic and sustainable business model.
-Increased knowledge on topics such as social entrepreneurship, business development, communication, branding, sales, finance and funding.
-Individual feedback on your social business initiative from leading social and business entrepreneurs and group mentors in Sweden and MENA. This feedback will give you the chance to rethink and fine-tune your idea.
-A strong and active network of likeminded women entrepreneurs who inspire and support each other in driving important changes in society.

Eligibility Criteria

You are welcome to submit your application if you are a woman entrepreneur between the age of 22 and 45 with a business that:

-is already operational;

-has the potential to develop a financially sustainable business model, generate a positive social impact, and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals

-is based in Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco or Palestine.

In addition you should:

-have a proficient command of both written and spoken English;

-be willing to pay it forward by contributing at least two hours of pro bono mentorship to a junior entrepreneur in your home country during the programme.

Programme timeline
She Entrepreneurs is made up of two and a half weeks divided into two modules at separate times. She Entrepreneurs is an intensive programme with a full-day schedule and many evening activities, and all selected participants will have to commit to participating in all activities of both Module 1 and 2.

Module 1 (9 – 20 June 2019)
The module is set up with a highly practical approach that allows you to apply the lessons directly to your business initiative. Workshops and lectures on topics related to running a business in general and a social enterprise in particular will be intertwined with coaching in smaller groups from experienced mentors. Themes will revolve around budgeting, funding, marketing and communication strategies as well as on how to measure social impact and how to arrive at an appropriate business model. There will be visits and network opportunities with established Swedish entrepreneurs and organisations. At the end of Module 1 you will present your social business initiative to an advisory board consisting of senior entrepreneurs and business advisors.

Module 2 (15 – 21 September 2019)
Before the start of the second module, you will have worked on your own initiative locally, coached by group mentors over digital platforms. The focus during module 2 will be to maintain, build and expand the network, to continue the learning journey and follow up the development of the work so far. You will continue to build on your entrepreneurial skills through workshops, seminars and meetings with mentors.

Costs

Costs covered and arranged by Swedish Institute
– Training and content
– Accommodation, food and domestic transport during the programme
– Flight tickets to and from module 1 and 2
– Insurance covering acute illness and accident when in Sweden
– Visa costs
Costs covered and arranged by you
– Domestic travel / airport transfer in your home country
– Insurance when modules are held outside of Sweden

Deadline

February 5th, 2019

Read more and apply here before

Application Process