Program(s) Offered: Ideas, Initiative, Business
Program Level: Leadership, Entrepreneurship
Provider: Swedish Institute
Country to Work in: Sweden
She Entrepreneurs is a renowned leadership program for young upcoming women social entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) and Sweden. Meant for women who have already started to build a social business, She Entrepreneurs gives participants an opportunity to shy rocket their social business initiative to a whole new level.
The She Entrepreneurs program is an intensive program with a full-day schedule and many evening activities and all selected participants have to be ready to participate in all activities of both module 1 and 2.
The request for applications for She Entrepreneurs 2017 for women in the countries listed below is now open.
To apply to She Entrepreneurs you have to:
- have the drive, ambition and interest to use social entrepreneurship to add to a social business initiative that you have already started working on
- be a citizen of the countries under listed
- your social business initiative should be based and implemented in your country of citizenship or in one of the countries of the She Entrepreneurs program listed above
- be between 20 and 36 years old
- have a sound working knowledge of both written and spoken English.
Please note that the She Entrepreneurs is not able to make any exceptions to the eligibility requirements.
A selection committee comprising of staff from the Swedish Institute as well as representatives from partner organisations and field experts will evaluates the applications according to the following criteria:
- applicant’s social business initiative that will be the pivot of the programme
- applicant’s drive, motivation and commitment, as well as the answers she will give to the questions of the She Entrepreneurs application form
- assessment of the applicant’s CV.
Citizens of the following countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions:
Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine*, Sweden, Syria, Tunisia or Yemen.
*Palestinian ID holders, including Jerusalem ID
The hands-on and practical study programme comprises of seminars, workshops and interactive learning methods combined with reflection times, team-building and practical exercises. Facilitators and expert mentors are around for guidance. There will also be study visits and meetings with inspiring social entrepreneurs.
Number of awards
About 28 grants will be awarded
A total of two and a half weeks
There is no fee for the programme. Travel, hotel and food expenses are taken care of by the Swedish Institute.
The She Entrepreneurs programme gives personal and professional development to women whose social enterprise gives a solution for positive social change.
She Entrepreneurs participants will ride on their knowledge of business elements, from branding to risk-taking. The programme gives a competitive advantage as participants develop their own social business initiative and acquire personal skills and innovative tools.
The programme also creates oppurtunity for women entrepreneurs to meet, inspire each other and share experiences on common challenges. Participants will come with a strong and active network of likeminded women who support each other in driving important changes in society.
How to Apply
Only completed applications will be processed. Apply by filling out the She Entrepreneurs Application Form 2016 and by going to the application portal. Only applicants who have submitted a complete application will be considered for the program. A complete application consists of:
- a completed application form in English, including your contact details and the contact details of two reference persons*
- an updated CV in English
- a photo (not compulsory).
*She entrepreneurs may contact the reference persons of the applicants when they are selected for an interview. We accept references who speak English, Arabic and French.
It is important to visit the official website link for complete information on this program.
The call for applications is open from 6 September 2016 and 6 October 2016. Deadline for applications is 6 October, 2016.
Around 60 shortlisted applicants are called for interviews as a second step in the selection process. The interviews are done through Skype. This offer is valid only under the condition that the participant obtains a visa to travel to Sweden. SI will facilitate the visa application process, but cannot guarantee a visa. In recent years, applicants living in conflict-ridden areas have in a few cases seen their visa applications rejected.
Application Deadline: 6 October 2016
Open to International Applicants: No (ONLY Africa & Middle East)