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She Entrepreneurs 2023

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She Entrepreneurs – Connecting impact driven female founders

Are you an entrepreneur with a vision of making an impact on society through your business? Do you want to take the next steps to grow? Become part of a strong network of impact-driven female founders in the Middle East, North Africa and Türkiye through our leadership programme She Entrepreneurs.

Apply to She Entrepreneurs if you are ready to scale up the impact of your business and want to become part of a strong network of likeminded women who can support and inspire you on your journey!
Open webinar
Want to learn more about this year’s She Entrepreneurs? Welcome to join us for an open online information webinar on 26 January, 10-11:00 Swedish time (UTC +1) to learn more about the programme and ask any questions you may have.

Registration for the webinar on this link.

She Entrepreneurs is a leadership programme for highly motivated women entrepreneurs in the Middle East, North Africa and Türkiye who are building sustainable and scalable businesses that contribute to driving social and/or environmental change. In the past years that the programme has been running, many entrepreneurs received support that helped them become successful in expanding and increasing their impact.

She Entrepreneurs is a practical and hands-on leadership training based on real business experience, collaborative learning and participant-centric design. The programme provides tangible tools, insights and connections for participants who want to grow their businesses and develop as entrepreneurs, as well as leaders.

The programme runs over six months. It combines regular workshops and individual mentor support online with one intensive week of onsite learning in Stockholm in September.

She Entrepreneurs will give you:

  • The opportunity to plan and develop a strategy for your business in an inspiring and collaborative learning environment.
  • Regular support and input through sessions with expert mentors
  • Increased self-awareness as a leader and deepened understanding of how to build effective and motivated teams, while also taking care of your own work-life balance and long-term wellbeing.
  • Increased knowledge on topics such as business development, innovation and partnerships to create relevant and attractive products and services and to reach new customers and markets.
  • New perspectives on systems change and how you can follow-up and increase the impact of your business by measuring your value creation.
  • A strong and active community of likeminded women.

She Entrepreneurs is arranged by the Swedish Institute, a public agency that builds interest and trust in Sweden around the world. The Swedish Institute work with Sweden promotion, cooperation in the Baltic Sea region and global development. (Link to Swedish Institute website)

Am I eligible to apply?

You are welcome to submit your application if you are a woman entrepreneur between the age of 25 and 45 (born 1977 – 1998) with a business that:

  • is already operational and ready to expand;
  • has the potential to develop a financially sustainable business model and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals* by driving social and/or environmental change;
  • is based in Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia or Türkiye.

*Find more information about the Sustainable Development Goals here: United Nations website

No exceptions can be made to any of the eligibility requirements.

Programme Timeline

She Entrepreneurs runs for six months and combines regular workshops, learning groups and mentor support online with one intensive week of onsite learning in Stockholm in September. You should plan for dedicating around 5 hours per week to the programme.

Online training (April – August 2023)
The training is set up with a highly practical approach that allows you to apply learnings and insights directly to your business. Regular online workshops are organised on different topics that help you grow your turnover and operations, build a resilient leadership and team and follow-up on the targets you set for your social or environmental contribution. The workshops are led by experienced entrepreneurs and trainers. Joint workshops and smaller learning groups give plenty of opportunities to meet other entrepreneurs in similar situations and to make new connections.

The training kicks off with introduction meetings in smaller groups, followed by two half-day sessions. The seminars that follow are typically held every second week during 1.5 – 2 hours on Friday mornings, plus 1 hour of individual preparations. Throughout the programme, participants will also be given practical tasks to support the implementation of new tools, methods and models into their own businesses   

Online mentorship (April – August, 2023)
At the start of the programme, you are matched with an individual mentor that will support you throughout the programme. The individual mentor meetings are set up directly by you and your mentor. 

Onsite learning week in Stockholm (September, 2023)
The programme in Stockholm will take place 11 – 17 September (arrival 11 September, departure 17 September). It will be an intensive learning week combining workshops, mentor support, field visits and networking.

The dates and timings are preliminary and may change. An exact schedule will be sent at the beginning of the programme.

Costs covered and arranged by Swedish Institute

  • Your flights to and from Stockholm.  
  • Your accommodation and most of the meals in Stockholm during the programme’s period of onsite sessions in Sweden.
  • Your insurance during the programme’s period of onsite sessions in Stockholm, Sweden.  
  • All training material, online and onsite.

How to apply

The application period is 17 January – 14 Februrary 2023

Only applicants who have submitted a complete application will be considered for the programme. These are the steps you need to go through to submit your application
  1. Register your profile in the application portal.
  2. Select what programme you would like to apply for (She Entrepreneurs is available 17 January – 14 February 2023).
  3. Answer all the questions for the different sections in the application portal (found in the left-hand menu).
  4. Upload your CV under the document section.
  5. After you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a confirmation email.

Evaluation of applications (15 February – 8 March)

Each application is evaluated according to the following criteria:
  • Business potential
  • Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals
  • The potential of the applicant as an entrepreneur

Interviews (13 – 24 March)

Out of all applicants, around 60 shortlisted candidates are called for interviews as a second step in the selection process. The interviews are conducted online. 

Admission (31 March)

SI will contact the 30 selected applicants by email to offer them a place in the programme. SI will also compose a list of reserve candidates in case a second selection round is needed. Unfortunately, because of the large number of applications for a limited number of spots, we have to turn down many highly qualified candidates who apply to the programme.

Read more about the programme here: She Entrepreneurs – Connecting impact driven female founders – Swedish Institute

Read more about the Swedish Institute here: Swedish Institute

Apply now! Year 2023/24
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Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Year 2023/24
Application period has ended

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States