AWE Making a Difference
DREAM IT. PLAN IT. DO IT.
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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.
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 124 women social entrepreneurs
Engage 40 mentors
Help set up 30 new jobs through the social enterprises established
AWE Making a Difference
Dream it. Plan it. Do it.
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.
Forthcoming course dates and how to apply
AWE COVID-19 Update
We are monitoring the threat posed by COVID-19 and are responding in terms of the way we organise our programmes. For the time being, we very much continue to welcome enquiries about and applications to both the AWE Making A Difference and Weekend Accelerator Programmes. We will be in touch with all applicants with any updates to the situation.
AWE Weekend Accelerator (APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED)
Residential weekend course, Dartington Hall
21-22 November, 2020
During a two-day free residential course designed for women who have already started some enterprise activity, we delve into some of the complexity of launching and sustaining a thriving enterprise. As well as covering topics including business strategy, social media, legal issues, and financial management, we will also explore the challenges of maintaining a healthy work-life balance, enhancing our self-care and managing our time.
By the end of the weekend, we hope you will have regained your motivation and developed clear plans on how to move forwards. We also hope you will have had fun in a supportive group of women and enhanced your professional and support networks.
AWE MAKING A DIFFERENCE PROGRAMME
Next course date and location to be confirmed
The programme is called AWE Making a Difference: Dream It. Plan It. Do It. and is designed to take you through the process of starting up your own enterprise.
With the aid of supportive tutors, inspiring experts, experienced mentors and each other, we cover the basics of creating a vision, business planning, managing finances, marketing, generating an income, using social media, getting registered, measuring impact, and more.
By the end of the programme, you will have turned your dreams into concrete plans and be ready to launch your new project.
There are limited places on the programmes, and so we will need to make decisions about which applicants are most likely to benefit from being a participant. Therefore, it is really important that you give us as much information as you can about yourself, your enterprise idea, and why you want to do the programme. It is important that you commit to attending all sessions of the training programme.
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How to find out more
For further info, 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 contact Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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