In 2019, the U.S. government launched the Women’s Global Development & Prosperity Initiative (W-GDP), strengthening women’s economic and political empowerment to increase the prospect of women’s economic empowerment. This year, in support of the initiative, the U.S. Department of State launched the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), providing an opportunity of entrepreneurship training for women-led startups, and women who are preparing for startups and are interested in entrepreneurship in Taiwan. The program combines local business characteristics and includes events and gatherings to strengthen networking between women-led startups, increase opportunities to expand business in Taiwan and the U.S., and establish an entrepreneurial ecosystem for women- owned companies.
With a series of courses on the massive open online course (MOOC) platform DreamBuilder and the involvement of Taiwan women business leaders or entrepreneurs, the program encourages entrepreneurship discussions in order to cultivate entrepreneurial know-how, help women entrepreneurs connect with industries or entrepreneurial resources, enhance opportunities for business expansion, and increase the likelihood of entrepreneurial success. The training program includes: thirteen online entrepreneurship courses, six women entrepreneur meet-ups, and one large forum. Participants who complete the DreamBuilder courses (https://dreambuilder.org/awe) by the 29th of October, 2021 and attend at least two in-person events and the November 19th closing ceremony/forum will be added to the U.S. exchange program alumni database as priority guests for future U.S. business exchange events.
※ The above event time and location will be announced separately.
- Women who are able to communicate in English and attend relevant events
- Women who own startups, women who are preparing to start a business, and women who are interested in entrepreneurship
- AWE will select at least 90 women participants in Taiwan
- Six women entrepreneur meet-ups (only need to attend two)
- One large forum on November 19th, 2021
- One LINE group of women entrepreneurs
Application period: Now until Friday, 23rd of April, 2021
You can download application guide here: ADD FILE
Note: The application deadline is extended to April 23 due to surge in applications and requests. The Application Guide and the Google Form have been slightly revised. The AWE program will be run on the basis of the revised version. (The revision does not affect the rights of early applicants.)