Swedish Institute She Entrepreneurs Programme for Women in the Middle East, Africa and Sweden

She Entrepreneurs

Program(s) Offered: Ideas, Initiative, Business
Program Level: Leadership, Entrepreneurship
Provider: Swedish Institute
Country to Work in: Sweden

Scholarship Description
She Entrepreneurs is a recognised leadership programme for young emerging women social entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) and Sweden. Intended for women who have already started to build a social business, She Entrepreneurs offers participants a chance to take their social business initiative to a whole new level.

The She Entrepreneurs programme is an intensive programme with a full-day schedule and many evening activities and all selected participants have to commit to participating in all activities of both module 1 and 2.

The call for applications for She Entrepreneurs 2020 for women in the countries listed below is now open.

To apply to She Entrepreneurs you have to:
  • have the drive, ambition and interest to use social entrepreneurship to implement a social business initiative that you have already started working on
  • be a citizen of the countries listed below
  • your social business initiative should be based and implemented in your country of citizenship or in one of the countries of the She Entrepreneurs programme listed above
  • be between 22 and 45 years old
  • have a good working knowledge of both written and spoken English.
Please note that She Entrepreneurs is not able to make any exceptions to the eligibility requirements.

Selection Criteria:
A selection committee consisting of staff from the Swedish Institute as well as representatives from partner organisations and field experts evaluates the applications according to the following criteria:
  • applicant’s social business initiative that will be the focus of the programme
  • applicant’s drive, motivation and commitment, as well as her answers to the questions of the She Entrepreneurs application form
  • assessment of the applicant’s CV.
Eligible groups
Citizens of the following countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) regions:
Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine*, or Tunisia.

*Palestinian ID holders, including Jerusalem ID

Program details
The hands-on and practical study programme consists of seminars, workshops and interactive learning methods combined with reflection sessions, team-building and practical exercises. Facilitators and expert mentors are available for guidance. There are also study visits and meetings with inspiring social entrepreneurs.

Number of awards
Around 28 grants will be awarded

Sponsorship duration
A total of two and a half weeks

Scholarship benefits
There is no fee for the programme. Travel, hotel and food expenses are covered by the Swedish Institute.

The She Entrepreneurs programme offers personal and professional development to women whose social enterprise delivers a solution for positive social change.

She Entrepreneurs participants will build on their knowledge of business elements, from branding to risk-taking. The programme offers a competitive advantage as participants develop their own social business initiative and acquire personal skills and innovative tools.

The programme also allows women entrepreneurs to meet, inspire each other and share experiences on common challenges. Participants will emerge with a strong and active network of likeminded women who support each other in driving important changes in society.

Method of Application
Only completed applications will be considered. Follow these steps to make your application. Only applicants who have submitted a complete application will be considered for the programme.

It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on this programme.

The call for applications is open between 8 January and 4 February 2020. Deadline for applications is 4 February, 2020.

Shortlisted applicants are called for interviews as a second step in the selection process. The interviews are conducted through Skype. This offer is valid only under the condition that the participant obtains a visa to travel to Sweden. SI will facilitate the visa application process, but cannot guarantee a visa. In recent years, applicants living in conflict-ridden areas have in a few cases seen their visa applications rejected.

Application Deadline: 4 February 2020
Open to International Applicants: No (ONLY Africa & Middle East)

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