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Global Program For Women Entrepreneurs

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Downtown Denver, Colorado (United States)

After years of work with women entrepreneurs internationally, Amy Scerra and Steve Haase of Think Global Institute decided to bring their global program full circle—and they’re starting in Denver, Colorado.

The nonprofit hosts a 12-week “business accelerator” program for women entrepreneurs who have “hit a roadblock or hurdle,” says Scerra.  The program is part hands-on mentoring, part handbook, and part virtual support. A team of advisors work one-on-one inside each business and with each business owner.   After running the program in 26 countries, Ms. Scerra says women have trouble securing the funds and support they need, no matter where they live.

Take action:  Read the qualifications and complete the application by no later than December 20. (They also take applications for mentors year-round.)

Photo courtesy:  Jeffrey Beall

Posted by Laurel Delaney

Celebrating Entrepreneurship and Women in Particular

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Melinda Emerson

My friend, colleague and entrepreneur dynamo, Melinda Emerson, kicks off the 6th annual Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW), a menu of events around the world that bring together millions of people through web-based and live activities, by supporting women entrepreneurs and their essential contributions to our world economic health and well-being.  Her focus is on:

During her participation at the World Entrepreneurship Forum, Melinda led a panel discussion of women entrepreneurs and addressed several questions from young women in the audience about work/life balance as an entrepreneur and how to start a business when cultural standards are to get a good job and live at home until marriage. Discover all the tips (No. 3 follows) that were discussed in the article below.

3) Believe you can do it. Be confident in your skills. Today’s women entrepreneurs are more educated than their male counterparts.

Read the entire post:  World Entrepreneurship Forum Boosts Women Entrepreneurs

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Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Despite Advances, Laws Still Limit Global Women Entrepreneurs

Winning Women Global Entrepreneurs

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Babson College, Babson Park, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

How do you advance women’s entrepreneurship?  Five Babson College women have spent their careers studying women entrepreneurs, and they’re sharing that knowledge in order to create policies and strategies to help more women succeed in business in countries around the world.

Called the Women Innovating Now Lab, or WIN, the graduate and undergraduate women are being fast tracked through the startup development process this year. They’ll create prototypes, field teams and develop marketing and funding strategies in order to launch by the school year’s end.

This, along with many other report findings and solutions were the key topics of an online panel discussion called Advancing Women’s Entrepreneurship: Why Gender Parity Is Key to Economic Growth  – October 17th.

The round-table discussion included the following professors from Babson College:

Dr. Donna J. Kelley, GEM 2012 Women’s Report Author and Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship, Babson College

Dr. Candida G. Brush, GEM 2012 Women’s Report Author and Professor of Entrepreneurship and Chair of the Entrepreneurship Division at Babson College

Dr. Patricia G. Greene, GEM 2012 Women’s Report Author and Paul T. Babson Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies at Babson College

Dr. Kerry Healey, Moderator and President, Babson College

Dr. Susan Duffy, Executive Director, Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership

Learn more about Babson College and upcoming programs by visiting WIN.

Photo courtesy:  Kevin Tostado

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Women Make Their Mark in the Entrepreneurial World

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Chennai, Tamil Nadu
India

Women are making their mark in the entrepreneurial world yet they continue to face problems, particularly in cities such as Delhi-NCR, Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bangalore and Ahmedabad.

A survey of women entrepreneurs conducted by research advisory firm Greyhound Knowledge Group found that numerous challenges frustrate women.  A few are:

  • Lack of capital
  • Lack of family approval
  • Strategic troubles

Big plus for starting a business?  Sense of FREEDOM.

Read the entire article here.

Photo courtesy:  Emmanuel Dyan

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Women Entrepreneurs in Chile Manifest Their Ideas

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SERNATUR, SERNAM and BancoEstado Microempresa announce Contest No. 4 for women entrepreneurs in Chile.  The contest will focus on enterprises in the area of sustainable tourism.

In the competition for women owned micro-businesses, each Chilean region will select a venture to compete in the final round. The 15 women that will be participating have to present their projects to the jury consisting of SERNATUR, SERNAM and BancoEstado Microempresa, which are bound to specified rules for the competition. They will select the three highest scoring out of a wide variety in businesses.

The winners will be announced in November:

•  First place receives CL$500,000 in cash and a trip to Puerto Varas for 3 days

•  Second place consists of CL$300,000 in cash and a trip to Valdivia

•  Third place of CL$200,000 in cash and a trip to Viña del Mar

More than 600 women entrepreneurs participate.  The competition encourages women all over Chile to manifest their ideas.

Learn more here.

Photo courtesy:  Maria Jose Bustamante

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

 

 

Women Are Creating Businesses at a Fast Pace In Our World

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For the first time in 13 years, the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) study of 59 economies shows that women are creating businesses at a greater rate than men in three economies and in four others, the rates are nearly equal.

In Ghana, Nigeria and Thailand the rate of nascent women is higher than men and in Brazil, Ecuador, Uganda and Switzerland the start-up rates by gender are equal. While in the other 52 economies the rates of women’s start-up are lower than men, sometimes up to 6x lower, this is generally good news, perhaps signaling a positive trend. This equalization follows decades of legislative, policy and socio-cultural changes that have gradually empowered, supported and trained women to perceive opportunities and believe they have the capabilities to start businesses.

Find out why this matters:  How Women Entrepreneurs are Transforming Economies and Communities

Illustration credit:  Babson College

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

 

The Coca-Cola Company: Empowering 5 Million Women Entrepreneurs by 2020

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The Coca-Cola Company has a big goal:

To enable the economic empowerment of 5 million women entrepreneurs across our global value chain by 2020.

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Learn more about The Coca-Cola Company:  5by20 and how they are helping women succeed in the global marketplace.  We hope to get involved and make a positive impact.

Hat tip to Bob Marovich for turning us on to 5by20.

Illustration credits:  5by20

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney


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