Accelerating Women’s Enterprise at SSE Dartington

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Accelerating Women’s Enterprise (AWE) is a new collaborative project to help women living in various regions either side of the English Channel to increase their personal skills and develop their business ideas and knowledge.

We will support women through new training workshops, face to face advice, mentoring and online learning, all developed specifically for women.

Programme goals


The project as a whole aims to:

Create 35 hours of new learning content

Train 700 female entrepreneurs

Recruit and train over 160 mentors

Help 134 women to start new businesses

Carry out new research into women’s enterprise

Within this, SSE Dartington aims to:

Work with 150 women social entrepreneurs

Engage 45 mentors

Help set up 30 new social enterprises

About the AWE programme

The programme results, learning content, research, mentor-bank and resources will all be brought together in a Starter Kit, which will be freely available to any stakeholder or organisation seeking to improve its services to female entrepreneurs.

AWE support is being delivered by a consortium of partners in the UK and France. Please contact the organisation in your area directly to register your interest and find out more about the training and support services on offer and where they will be delivered.

AWE is supported by the Interreg France (Channel) England Programme, which is contributing €2,641,184.73 of European Regional Development Funds and aims to address economic and social issues in regions on either side of the Channel.

Through this collaborative, cross-border approach, we seek to improve the quality and effectiveness of support to socially or economically disadvantaged and under-represented groups and to address the gender imbalance in entrepreneurship.

How to find out more

Please visit the dedicated AWE website and sign up to their newsletter to stay up to date with the latest news. If you are local to the South West and interested in taking part in or supporting the project, please email

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