Women who have drive for entrepreneurship are invited to apply for the Swedish She Entrepreneurs program. She Entrepreneurs program is a recognised leadership programme for young emerging women social entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) and Sweden. Intended for women who have already started to build a social business, She Entrepreneurs offers participants a chance to take their social business initiative to a whole new level.
The She Entrepreneurs programme is an intensive programme with a full-day schedule and many evening activities and all selected participants have to commit to participating in all activities of both module 1 and 2.
To apply to She Entrepreneurs you have to:
- have the drive, ambition and interest to use social entrepreneurship to implement a social business initiative that you have already started working on
- be a citizen of the countries listed below
- your social business initiative should be based and implemented in your country of citizenship or in one of the countries of the She Entrepreneurs programme listed above
- be between 20 and 36 years old
- have a good working knowledge of both written and spoken English.
Please note that She Entrepreneurs is not able to make any exceptions to the eligibility requirements.
A selection committee consisting of staff from the Swedish Institute as well as representatives from partner organisations and field experts evaluates the applications according to the following criteria:
- applicant’s social business initiative that will be the focus of the programme
- applicant’s drive, motivation and commitment, as well as her answers 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 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. There are also study visits and meetings with inspiring social entrepreneurs.
Number of awards
Around 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 covered by the Swedish Institute.
The She Entrepreneurs programme offers personal and professional development to women whose social enterprise delivers a solution for positive social change.
She Entrepreneurs participants will build on their knowledge of business elements, from branding to risk-taking. The programme offers a competitive advantage as participants develop their own social business initiative and acquire personal skills and innovative tools.
The programme also allows women entrepreneurs to meet, inspire each other and share experiences on common challenges. Participants will emerge with a strong and active network of likeminded women who support each other in driving important changes in society.
Method of Application
Only completed applications will be considered. Apply by filling out the She Entrepreneurs Application Form 2018 and by going to the application portal. Only applicants who have submitted a complete application will be considered for the programme. 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 who are selected for an interview. We accept references who speak English, Arabic and French.
It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on this programme.
The call for applications is open between 8 September 2017 and 4 October 2017. Deadline for applications is 4 October, 2017.
Around 60 shortlisted applicants are called for interviews as a second step in the selection process. The interviews are conducted 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: 4 October 2017
ONLY Africa & Middle East