Support for Female Entrepreneurs!

Date Published: 
Thursday, April 4, 2013

As part of its Women Innovators Network in the Caribbean (WINC), infoDev's Entrepreneurship Program in the Caribbean (EPIC) launched the Innovative Women Entrepreneurs Competition, financed by the Government of Canada. The two winners will be invited to participate in infoDev's 5th Global Forum on Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship in East London, South Africa on May 28-30, 2013.

WINC is targeting support and services for growth-oriented, innovative women entrepreneurs and business owners in CARICOM countries. Its objectives are:

  • To assist existing Caribbean women-led businesses which have the capacity to grow substantially via the adoption of innovative practices and products;
  • To provide sector-specific support and advice to women entrepreneurs developing technology-oriented innovative businesses;
  • To strengthen networks of innovative women entrepreneurs who can support each other, share knowledge and ideas, and inspire others by showcasing their success stories. These will connect with other women entrepreneurs around the world via infoDev’s Global Incubator Network;
  • To grow the pipeline of successful growth-oriented, innovative women entrepreneurs by providing a package of assistance to those with entrepreneurial aptitude and ambition.

WINC will be rolling out several activities in 2013, starting with this Innovative Women Entrepreneurs Competition. This competition will be followed by Creativity & Innovation workshops in July, providing valuable business training for women entrepreneurs. These workshops will be piloted in Barbados and Jamaica initially, All training materials, useful information, connections etc. will be shared through WINC’s online communities.

Two winners of the Innovative Women Entrepreneurs Competition will have the opportunity to participate in infoDev’s 5th Global Forum on Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship. 

 

WHO SHOULD APPLY

If any of the below apply to you or your company, we encourage you to apply:

  • A woman entrepreneur and/or the CEO or Executive Manager of a woman-owned business based in CARICOM
  • Looking to grow your business and seeing good growth prospects locally and/or abroad
  • Impatient to grow your market share and product portfolio in your quest to grow your business, substantially
  • Open to innovative methods/business approaches/products/processes that could be applied to your business to drive its growth
  • Open to using technology to expand the operations of your business
  • Would benefit from business coaching support
  • Looking for an opportunity to meet and learn from other successful entrepreneurs
  • Supportive also of other women entrepreneurs on their journey to success with a strong desire to “pay it forward”.

HOW TO APPLY

Download the application form found here, or at WINC’s Facebook page and email it to [email protected] by 4PM EST on Monday 15th April 2013. Late submissions will not be considered.

Your completed application (Sections 1-5) must not exceed 5 pages, maintaining the current page margins and Calibri font size 10. You may however remove the footnotes.

Have questions about the competition, application process or Global Forum? Email them to [email protected] or post them on WINC’s Facebook page before midnight EST on Wednesday 10th April 2013. Responses to all questions received by both means before then will be posted on WINC’s Facebook page within 24 hours so that the same information is accessible to everyone. It will be your responsibility to keep abreast of these updates.