Vital VoicesThe VV GROW Fellowship is a one-year competitive program created to support growth-oriented women business owners and help them take their business and leadership skills to the next level. The program supports women-owned enterprises in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), to set and achieve business growth goals with a unique blend of online learning, in-person training, and tailored support services.

Vital Voices is seeking applications from women business owners from Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and North Africa, who:

  • Own a business that has been in operation for at least 3 years,
  • Employ at least 3 staff (including temporary and/or seasonal workers), and
  • Generate at least USD $40,000 in annual sales,

As an interested applicant you:

  • Are motivated to build the skills and make the changes needed to grow your business,
  • Are excited to participate in a one-year program including on-line and in-person training and access to business growth opportunities, and
  • Recognize the value of and participate in the tracking of the growth of your business for up to 2 years through methods such as surveys, calls, or additional opportunities.

The one-year program timeline consists of 4 components:

  • A competitive participant selection process and business needs assessment,
  • Virtual Training: 4-6 months including a mix of online learning via webinars and Harvard Manage Mentor; network building via webinars and peer/small group calls; updates of key business tools such as the SWOT, the Business Model Canvas, and key financial statements,
  • In-Person Training: 4-day in-person trainings in each region, LAC, MENA, and SSA featuring group sessions, one-on-one advising, and networking opportunities,
    Growth Services and Support: 5-6 months of tailored services such as small grants (potential), one-on-one advising, technical assistance, and Harvard Manage Mentor.

Latin America and the Caribbean: January 31, 2016
Middle East and North Africa: January 31, 2016
Sub-Saharan Africa: January 31, 2016

Apply here: VV Grow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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