Are you a woman with a vision? Do you want to develop as a social entrepreneur to lead change? Then apply to the She Entrepreneurs leadership programme – call for applications open 6 September to 6 October 2016.
She Entrepreneurs is a Swedish Institute leadership programme connecting women in social entrepreneurship. Between 6 September and 6 October 2016, you can apply to She Entrepreneurs and become part of an active network of women social entrepreneurs and take your social business initiative to a whole new level.
Entrepreneurial solutions for social change
She Entrepreneurs is a recognised leadership programme for young emerging women social entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) and Sweden. During two and a half weeks on two separate occasions, the programme offers personal and professional development to women whose social enterprise delivers a solution for positive social change.
The hands-on and practical study programme consists of seminars, workshops and interactive learning methods combined with reflection sessions, team-building and practical exercises. Facilitators and expert mentors are available for guidance.
Application deadline is 6 October 2016.
Participants will learn in group from both experts within the field and from each other. She Entrepreneurs consists of seminars, workshops and interactive learning methods mixed with reflection sessions, team-building and practical exercises. Facilitators and expert mentors are available for guidance. There are also study visits and meetings with inspiring social entrepreneurs.
She Entrepreneurs is an initiative from the Swedish Institute (SI), a public agency that promotes interest and confidence in Sweden around the world. Swedish values and experiences include creating a sustainable and equal society globally. Sweden is a reputed innovation leader and gender equality role model.
A network of women entrepreneurs
The overarching purpose of She Entrepreneurs is to support young women social entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and Sweden and allow them to emerge with a strong and active network of likeminded women who support each other in driving important changes in society.
A social enterprise has the potential to change the world for the better. Adding new skills and innovative tools to the personal drive and unique capabilities of a social entrepreneur increases the impact of any social business.
Personal and professional development
At the heart of the programme is also personal and professional development. Participants will learn to think like entrepreneurs – from generating ideas to executing a strategic and sustainable business model.
The programme will help increase participants’ knowledge on topics such as social entrepreneurship, business development, communication, branding, sales, finance and funding. It delivers the tools and opportunity to develop social initiatives and business plans.
She Entrepreneurs also gives the participants individual feedback on their social business initiatives from leading social and business entrepreneurs and group mentors in Sweden and MENA. The feedback gives them a chance to rethink and fine-tune ideas. It also places participants right in the middle of an active network of young emerging women social entrepreneurs who support each other.
Participants will learn through seminars, workshops and interactive learning methods mixed with reflection sessions, team-building and practical exercises. Facilitators and expert mentors are available for guidance. There are also study visits and meetings with inspiring social entrepreneurs.
Exchanging knowledge and inspiration with each other is central to the programme, as is finding common solutions to global challenges.
What is a social entrepreneur?
A social entrepreneur addresses a social challenge and strives for positive change through an initiative based on entrepreneurial principles. A social business, as opposed to a non-profit organisation, almost always has income-generating activities – even while social change is more valued than profit.
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.
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.
SI has produced a handbook on social entrepreneurship specifically for participants of She Entrepreneurs.
A programme for women
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.
The programme was started in 2011 to create a platform for women entrepreneurs to exchange experiences, empower and inspire each other. Women participating in all aspects of society – including in the world of business entrepreneurship – is undeniably of great benefit to everyone in society.
The programme is made up of two and a half weeks divided into two modules at separate times. Module one is ten days long and always takes place in Sweden. In between the modules, the participants work on their own initiatives locally, coached by group mentors over digital platforms.
Module two is for one week and takes place in Sweden or in the MENA region. The programme is in English. All costs related to accommodation, food and transport during She Entrepreneurs are covered by the Swedish Institute.
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