She Entrepreneurs

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.
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Open for applications until 14 February

Overview

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.    

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 – then She Entrepreneurs is the programme for you. 

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.
Three young women walking together in a park. They are laughing and seems to be good friends.
She Entrepreneurs – connecting visionary women founders since 2011. Photo: Moa Karlberg

Can I 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.

In addition, participants should have a proficient command of both written and spoken English.

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

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

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

FAQ

FAQ - Application procedure and programme design

Maria Frangieh participated in She Entrepreneurs in 2021. Photo: Moa Karlberg
"The programme was really straight to the point with amazing mentors and an amazing team!"
Maria Frangieh - She Entrepreneurs 2021
Maria Frangieh participated in She Entrepreneurs in 2021. Photo: Moa Karlberg
Basma Uraiqat participated in She Entrepreneurs in 2019. Foto: Moa Karlberg
"This is an extremely important network. Although we come from very different industries and backgrounds, I found the exchange of knowledge priceless. Each one of us has challenges and victories. Sharing those completes a perspective that is missing when you’re alone or when you work only with people that are like you."
Basma Uraiqat - She Entrepreneurs 2019
Basma Uraiqat participated in She Entrepreneurs in 2019. Foto: Moa Karlberg
Nora Belahcen Fitzgerald participated in She Entrepreneurs in 2015. Photo: Moa Karlberg
"She Entrepreneurs planted the seed of how to develop my social enterprise and it got things going. The programme definitely had a tangible impact!"
Nora Belahcen Fitzgerald - She Entrepreneurs 2015
Nora Belahcen Fitzgerald participated in She Entrepreneurs in 2015. Photo: Moa Karlberg
Contact details

Please send any questions to
she@si.se

Programme Manager
Maria Henoch

Programme Administrator
Nadia Sundbom

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