She Entrepreneurs

Do you want to take your businesses to a new level and develop both as an entrepreneur and a leader? Become part of a strong network of women entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa region through our leadership programme She Entrepreneurs.
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The call for applications for She Entrepreneurs 2022 will open in January 2022.

She Entrepreneurs is a leadership programme for highly motivated women entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa region who are building successful and sustainable businesses with the potential to make a difference in their societies. In the past ten years that the programme has been running, many successful entrepreneurs received support that helped them expand.

She Entrepreneurs is a practical and hands-on leadership training based on real business experiences, 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 is delivered online with regular workshops and mentor support between April and September, 2021.

If you are ready to take your business to the next level and want to become part of a strong network of likeminded women who can support and inspire you on your journey – then She Entrepreneurs is the programme for you.

She Entrepreneurs will give you:

  • The opportunity to plan and strategise for your business in an inspiring and collaborative learning environment.
  • Regular support and input through sessions with expert mentors on an individual level as well as through group coaching.
  • 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, communication, business innovation, crisis management, growing through partnerships, finance and funding.
  • New perspectives on responsible and sustainable business practices from a social and an environmental perspective, as well as tangible tools for measuring your value creation.
  • A strong and active community of likeminded women.
She Entrepreneurs – connecting visionary women founders since 2011. Photo: Margareta Bloom Sandebäck

Can I apply?

You are welcome to submit your application if you are a woman entrepreneur between the age of 22 and 45 (born 1975 – 1999) with a business that:

  • is already operational and ready to expand;
  • has the potential to develop a financially sustainable business model, generate a positive social impact, and contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals;
  • is based in Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine or Tunisia.

In addition, you should:

  • have a proficient command of both written and spoken English;
  • be willing to pay it forward by contributing at least two hours of pro bono mentorship to a junior entrepreneur in your home country during the programme.

Please note that we are not able to make any exceptions to the eligibility requirements.

Programme Timeline

She Entrepreneurs runs for six months and consists of regular workshops, learning groups and  mentor support online.

  • Online training (22 April – 24 September 2021)
    The training is set up with a highly practical approach that allows you to apply learnings and insights directly to your business. Every second week, online workshop are organized on different topics that help you grow your turnover and operations, build a resilient leadership and team, and increase 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 a one-hour introduction meeting on 13 April, followed by two half-day sessions 22–23 April. The five seminars that follow are typically held every second week during 1.5 – 2 hours on Friday mornings, plus 1 hour of individual preparations.
  • Online mentorship (April–September)
    At the start of the programme, you are matched with an individual mentor that will support you throughout the programme. You can also sign up for optional group mentoring sessions with thematic experts on topics that are requested among the participants.
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

  • Training and content

How to apply


FAQ - Application procedure and programme design
Bita Baghestani, founder of Levva. Photo: Private
“Through the programme I got to see how women can be successful in business and in their lives. The She Entrepreneurs network became priceless for me.”
Bita Baghestani - She Entrepreneurs 2019
Bita Baghestani, founder of Levva. Photo: Private
Photo: Moa Karlberg
"It has been a great experience. We have formed connections and we have also connected with ourselves in a strong way thanks to She Entrepreneurs. It will create value for ourselves, our businesses and our societies for many years to come."
Shurouq Qawariq - She Entrepreneurs 2019
Photo: Moa Karlberg
Photo: Margareta Bloom Sandebaeck
"I’ve learned a lot, both on the business side and on a more personal level. The mentorship has been really helpful too. For someone trying to find investment, it’s important to work on your personal development. An investor doesn’t invest in the project as much as they invest in the person running it."
Hela Jelassi - She Entrepreneurs 2018
Photo: Margareta Bloom Sandebaeck
Contact details

Please send any questions to

Programme Manager
Maria Henoch

Programme Administrator
Nadia Sundbom

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