The Swedish Institute’s She Entrepreneurs Programme runs between 27 March and 7 April 2017 in Stockholm. Young female social entrepreneurs from Algeria, Egypt, Jordan, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Sweden, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen participate in this year’s programme.
The participants are between 20 and 36 years old. The 2017 run of the programme includes 28 inspiring participants such as Nour N. El Assaad, Founder of Lebanon’s first anti-bullying organization and Nayrouz Talaat whose female-only driving school is motivating more Egyptian women to get behind the wheels.
The Swedish Institute’s She Entrepreneurs 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.
A special focus on social development, democracy and sustainability is a common feature of all of the participants’ businesses. The main objective of the programme is to strengthen change-makers who strive to make a positive impact on their societies via social and sustainable entrepreneurship. The participants gain new knowledge, inspiration and concrete tools that they will be able to use in their future business endeavours. At the same time, they are given the opportunity to establish lasting networks and foster mutual relationships with Sweden.
After the training in Sweden, the participants will continue to develop their initiatives locally with the help of online coaching from mentors that they get to know during the programme in Stockholm. The participants will then meet again in September 2017 for the second part of the programme.
Since the launch in 2011, the She Entrepreneurs programme alumni network has grown to comprise 172 entrepreneurs.