‘It’s about empowering yourself, empowering other women, sharing those stories, and making people feel like they are not alone.’
The INSPIRE US! “Women Entrepreneurs in Action” consortium of partners, invites young female active or would-be entrepreneurs, between the ages of 25-40 years old, to express their interest in participating in the online training programme in the framework of the EU funded project INSPIRE US! (http://inspireus.eu/)
Why would you want to consider this free online course?
- Discover unique knowledge stemming from real entrepreneurs, all in a complete digital & free training
- Meet other women entrepreneurs across the EU and learn from their inspiring stories
- Learn how you can harness your female energy, in order to be more productive, focused and with less fear
- Grasp the basics of entrepreneurship, which will help you actually start your business
The participants will attend the online training course between May-July 2020. Through the support of a local mentor they will be guided through the online platform.
The online training will be available in the following EU countries:
The goal of the INSPIREUS! online training programme is to empower young women with skills and knowledge, in order to enhance their motivation towards strengthening their entrepreneurial stamina.
Since female entrepreneurship is an area which needs definitely more action than words, 30 female young entrepreneurs will have this unique opportunity to be trained on the following areas:
- Role models
- Key business skills (finance, business planning)
- Access to finance
- Mentorship & Coaching
- Growing Emotional Intelligence
- Access to market
If you think you are the ideal female entrepreneur to participate in this training programme then you can fill in the application form here: https://forms.gle/efrMW9s9WUJetkww8 by the 22nd of May, 2020.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Another meeting of the InspireUs project, hosted by Four Elements in Athens, Greece, 06 & 07/02/2020, in which several women entrepreneurs from Greece shared their motivations and obstacles with the partnership!
#women; #inspireusproject; #erasmus+
When an Erasmus+ project sets wings to Women Entrepreneurship:
“INSPIREUS!” The Lisbon Experience (#wisdomfromlisbon)
By Christina Achilleos
INSPIREUS! Project Manager (GrantXpert Consulting, Cyprus)
Our team travelled last week (11/11 – 14/11/19) to Lisbon, Portugal for our “Train the Trainers” sessions, where we had the chance to interview eight women entrepreneurs on the experience of their very own entrepreneurial journeys. This was a transforming life and career experience for all our team members, and I am very pleased to share the highlights of these days with you today.
Women entrepreneurship is an area which needs definitely more action than words. But mostly, it needs the creation of a genuine ecosystem, so that women can support one another. Our Lisbon experience overall taught us that women have amazing experiences to share, work for projects with great overall social impact, and need to be heard. But not only this. Women need to be in touch with one another. To discuss how they overcame difficulties, how they managed to balance work and life, and ultimately INSPIRE each other!
So, what did we learn from our interviews with all these successful women entrepreneurs in Lisbon?
First of all, we saw passion exploding through the words of each female entrepreneur interviewed. Many times, we have experienced an overall passion for life and the excitement of actually doing things, and business ideas that derived from this spark of life. All-female entrepreneurs, we have interviewed shared this common trait: a genuine excitement for life, respect for their very unique life-paths and trust in their abilities and business ideas.
So, this leads us to the next important entrepreneurship lesson: know yourself. These women taught us through their experiences, that the starting point for anything in life is to know yourself, and importantly to trust absolutely your own abilities. This will well translate into confidence and commitment to your overall purpose. Acting on your business idea, while transforming it into a live project, will require a lot of self-confidence and trust in yourself. Sounds easy, but it is definitely not.
Another important lesson we have experienced through these interviews is that these women were not afraid to challenge the status quo. Many times, they were faced with doubt as solo-women-entrepreneurs in a world dominated by men entrepreneurs. The key lesson from this was that we need to stop associating sectors, or whole industries with genders. All possibilities in life are open to anyone, anytime, and thus we should all fight against any discrimination, and importantly not be afraid to challenge the status quo.
Moreover, all of them highlighted the need to deal with a business idea that makes YOU feel good. A business idea that fits well into your inner world, will most probably fit well into society and have a real impact.
Another key lesson, is that no woman should feel any pressure to become an entrepreneur. It always has to be a well considered and well planned step. Without preparation and securing the right resources the very good idea of entrepreneurship can become an ideology to put the blame for a socially bad situation or unemployment on the women. Peer support networks such as Mulheres a Obra (one of the organisations that we exchanged views in Lisbon) are crucial for finding the right partners for reflection and support.
The conclusions from these interviews can really fit into a long list, but I will leave you with one final one: keep re-inventing yourself as you progress into new chapters in life and in business. This is what will make you resilient, fearless and will inspire others to follow your example. Never give up!
I would like to give a massive THANKS to the following women entrepreneurs who made our Train the Trainers so special:
- Mrs Emmanuelle Afonso - OBSERVATÓRIO LUSO DESCENDENTES
- Mrs Catarina Soares – Historic Oeiras; Leading Together - INSEAD; Oeiras International School; TheManipedi
- Mrs Mafalda Mendes de Almeida - SAPANA; and BLOOM
- Mrs Ines Monteiro - MOVIMENTO TRANSFORMER
- Mrs Camila Rodrigues - Mulheres a Obra
- Mrs Manuela Carlos, ETIC
- Mrs Susana Karvalho, WundermanThomson
Stay with us as we will immediately finalize our INSPIREUS! Educational Programme, where you can too be inspired by women entrepreneurship and start acting on your business plan immediately. If you are an active or would-be female entrepreneur then we would like to talk with you soon!
Thanks to everyone!
November 11th to 13th, it took place in Lisbon, the #INSPIREUSPROJECT training event, where the project partners, had the opportunity to talk with a group of dynamic and talented woman entrepreneurs.
“Learning from female entrepreneurs”:
- Emmanuelle Afonso (#OBSERVATÓRIOLUSODESCENDENTES),
- Catarina Soares (#HistoricOeiras;#LeadingTogether;#OeirasInternationalSchool;#TheManipedi)
- Mafalda Mendes de Almeida (#SAPANA;#BLOOM),
- Inês Monteiro (#MOVIMENTOTRANSFORMER),
- Camila Rodrigues (#MulheresàObra),
- Manuela Carlos (#ETIC),
- Susana Carvalho (#WundermanThompson)
Enhancing women entrepreneurship through our Inspire Us! project
Nicosia, 25 February 2019
Women Entrepreneurs: Inspire Us!, a Strategic Partnership Project, which is funded by Key Action “Cooperation for Innovation and the exchange of good practices”, EU Erasmus+, aims at the motivation and support of women would-be-entrepreneurs in acquiring and developing high quality skills and key competencies, in order to foster employability, entrepreneurship, social- educational and personal development, as well as gender equality and participation in civic and social life.
The project has a total duration of twenty-four (24) months (12.2018- 11.2020) and it is implemented in 6 countries with the resourceful collaboration of 6 involved organisations: GrantXpert Consulting Ltd (Cyprus), Four Elements SA (Greece), CESIE (Italy), Story Tellme (Portugal), PIA Velenje (Slovenia), ISOB GMBH (Germany).
Our project “Inspire Us!” intends to create a community of women entrepreneurs, aged 25- 40, from all over EU, after having created the tools and conditions of future women entrepreneurs to overcome any deficiencies and obstacles to achieve self-awareness and focus on personality and motivational factors towards setting up their own business.
The project’s kick-off meeting was hosted in Cyprus, in December 2018, by GrantXpert Consulting Ltd. During the meeting, the partners had the chance to discuss all the managerial aspects of the project, the methodological approach of the Intellectual Outputs’ implementation and the strategic goals to be adhered for the maximum dissemination and sustainability of its impact.
During the next six months our team will extract the State-of-the-Art analysis at EU level, through in-depth interviews with successful women entrepreneurs and on-line survey to future women entrepreneurs so as to evaluate the situation in each partner’s country and identify the gaps and barriers our target group faces. Further, the consortium will develop a self- assessment tool that will help women to better understand themselves, their personality and psychological profile, and it will impact their additional professional trajectory.
For More Information http://inspireus.eu/