Indonesian Inter-Island Empowerment Accelerator
U.S. Consulate General Surabaya will host a three-month “Eastern Indonesia Inter-Island Empowerment Accelerator” to empower women in the fishery industry. The program will bring together 12-15 women leaders working in the industry to identify means to increase business activity, drive exports, and develop fair and equal regulatory policies in high-potential fisheries, seafood, and aquaculture sectors. As part of this work, Indonesian and American business women will work together in identifying areas of collaboration to strengthen the aquaculture sectors. As an outcome, participants will develop a business plan on collaborative ways to expand business opportunities and support U.S.-Indonesian economic activities.
How to Pass the Silicon Valley Coding Interview: Women’s Edition – Regional Program
U.S. Embassy Jerusalem will support the first ever last-meter talent development program to connect female software engineers in the NEA region with U.S. tech companies. The program will work to better prepare female engineers to pursue business and job opportunities in tech and ICT sectors. Overall, females are underrepresented in the software industry. This program enables female software engineers to better navigate job and entrepreneurial opportunities in the tech industry. Outcomes include building stronger and inclusive workforces to support U.S. businesses in the region and building a global network of female software engineers.
Enduring Success for Women in the Arizona/Sonora Mining Industry
U.S. Consulate General in Nogales, Mexico will work with the Mining Cluster of Sonora and Phoenix-based WorldWise Coaching LLC to organize an event focused on opportunities for women in the mining industry across the binational and bi-state “Mega Region” of Arizona and Sonora, Mexico. The one day conference for up to 100 women in the mining industry will raise awareness of U.S.-Mexico cross-border business opportunities and serve as a catalyst for an ongoing mentorship program. The program will also highlight the new labor reforms in the USCMA agreement and how they can best be used to promote women’s economic stability.
POWER Showcase Bazaar- Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs #SPAIN
U.S. Embassy Madrid will partner with U.S. businesses to showcase products from women entrepreneurs in Spain. The program will work closely with alumni of USG entrepreneurship programs such as the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE). In addition, participants will explore ways to strengthen supply chains and procurement processes for local vendors and U.S. companies. This program will strengthen the network of women entrepreneurs and facilitate engagement with American businesses and local resources, including but limited to the American Chambers of Commerce, investors, and others from the entrepreneurship community.
Femme-preneurs in ICT – Roundtable
Through a two-day roundtable event with women entrepreneurs from Kosovo and the United States, U.S. Embassy Pristina plans to connect women leaders from both countries to compare business models, explore financing challenges, and exchange best practices. As access to finance is vital to local women entrepreneurs, the roundtable will highlight success stories, explore financing resources, and tools that translate to the local context. The roundtable would also serve as a networking event between local and U.S. businesses. Participants will explore new partnerships and methods of cooperation during the workshop. Targeted sub-industries include: FinTech, eHealth, Software and Web Development, and Big Data analysis.
Maker to Market Forum
U.S. Embassy Nur-Sultan in Kazakhstan will host the virtual event “Maker-to-Market Forum” to bring together Kazakh artisans with U.S. businesses interested in sourcing handmade products. The forum will empower women across Kazakhstan in developing their entrepreneurial skills, while learning how to adapt to an international market. This forum will be the first phase of a larger project to develop an online platform/forum to facilitate supplier-buyer connections.
Empowering Professional Women to Drive Innovation in STEM Fields in Ecuador
U.S. Embassy Quito will train 50 early stage women tech entrepreneurs and engineers through a six-week seminar series on how to transfer innovation to market as a means to drive innovation between Ecuador and the U.S. The program will also pair participants with women entrepreneurship networks and women-run tech and STEM-related businesses to mentor them on marketing business ideas, while also creating a network of young women in tech and STEM fields.
Women in EdTech Connect, Developing U.S.-Jamaica Business Networks Post COVID-19
Through a series of virtual engagements leveraging digital platforms, U.S. Embassy Kingston will host a program to mentor and create networks between female-led digital education startups in the U.S. and Jamaica by building on existing networks of female EdTech business leaders in the U.S. Given the growing demand for digital learning solutions in the context of COVID-19, this program will target female edupreneurs and help them take their business endeavors to the next level. Ultimately, this project will contribute to bilateral economic relations by developing lasting female U.S.-Jamaica private sector connections and facilitating market access in an increasingly critical industry.
37 Degrees Latitude: Empowering Women Entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley to Melbourne through COVID-Resilient Business Planning
U.S. Consulate Melbourne will host a conference focused on supporting U.S. and Australian economic recovery from COVID-19 by uplifting dozens of women-owned businesses. By the end of the conference, these businesses will have actionable COVID-resilient business plans and new personal connections to inspire women entrepreneurs and opportunities to collaborate. The conference will also be a bridge into the Australian and East Asian Pacific markets for U.S. businesses, providing the opportunity to showcase and market their business planning and technology services.
Female Tech Entrepreneurs: Preparing for Greece’s Cloud-Based Tech Future
U.S. Embassy Athens and U.S. Consulate Thessaloniki will host the two-day forum “Women Tech Entrepreneurs: Raising Venture Capital to Prepare for Greece’s Cloud-Based Future”. This forum will bring together Greek women working in various sectors of the technology industry with American counterparts to explore challenges faced in expanding their technology businesses and accessing capital. This forum will help women focus on the tools needed to leverage cloud-based applications. The forum will strengthen the transatlantic network of women in technology while also supporting Greek-U.S. business opportunities in the cloud-computing market.
Gabon Women’s Entrepreneurship Forum
African diaspora and specialty confection sectors in the United States repeatedly show more demand for genuine African foods, handicrafts, and business partnerships. U.S. Embassy Libreville will host a one-week “Gabonese Women’s Entrepreneurship Forum” to enable emerging Gabonese female entrepreneurs the resources and access to U.S. business networks that will strengthen the bilateral commercial relationship. This forum will include sharing examples of best practices, providing strategies to overcome challenges in the Gabonese business environment, and informing local businesses of U.S. import requirements and partnership opportunities. This project aims to build export capacity by creating sustainable linkages between Gabonese and American partners.
Women in Finance Diwaniya
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Embassy Kuwait will host a women-in-finance virtual event that will bring together mid- and senior-level women in the business sector. Outcomes include: (1) support women’s participation in the local banking sector and advance women working in finance and the important sub-field of fintech, (2) help U.S. firms develop a strong network with local partners to be able to enter the Kuwait market, (3) foster an international network between emerging female leaders in Kuwait and established experts in fintech from the U.S. and, (4) expand the nascent women in finance professional network which the U.S. Embassy helped create.
Women in Wine
Embassy Paris will host a one-day forum convening American and French women winemakers to explore challenges they both face in the traditionally dominated “man’s wine world.” Outcomes include: (1) highlight best practices, (2) help establish a strong transatlantic network, (3) create market opportunities in France for American wine, which produced by American women, and (4) identify policy issues to support women entrepreneurs within this sector.
U.S. Consulate General in Lagos will work with LagosMums, a Lagos-based women’s association, and Google to organize a virtual workshop entitled “Technology as an Enabler for Growth.” LagosMums aims to help female entrepreneurs use technology to optimize and scale their companies for sustainable growth. Google and the consulate will work together to connect the Google Lagos Tech Hub with a U.S. Google hub to webcast the program and link Nigerian women business owners with Americans. Outcomes include: (1) enable women business owners and entrepreneurs in U.S. and Nigeria to learn how to grow their companies, and (2) provide insights on U.S.-Nigeria trade laws, customs, and export requirements.
Date: November 2-6, 2020
Port Louis, Seychelles
U.S. Embassy Port-Louis hosted a “Women in eCommerce” forum to bring together Seychellois women entrepreneurs with American women leaders to explore the opportunities in the digital economy. This forum enabled Seychellois women to build relationships with their American counterparts to help increase two-way trade. Part of the forum targeted senior government officials who discussed the development opportunities and challenges associated with the evolving digital economy and barriers faced by female entrepreneurs in e-commerce. The forum empowered Seychellois women to call on their government to implement regulatory reforms necessary to support the digital economy. Outcomes include: (1) supported U.S.-Seychellois women-led business activities in e-commerce, (2) identified equities of women-owned businesses in Seychellois’s digital infrastructure needs, and (3) provided policy feedback for legal and policy reform.
Date: September 29 – October 1, 2020
Majuro, Marshall Islands
This program provided an opportunity for female entrepreneurs in the handcraft and fair-trade sector to capitalize on a growing awareness of and demand for traditional Marshallese handicrafts. The program convened women entrepreneurs in the handcraft and fair-trade sector in the Marshall Islands with product distributors and counterparts in U.S. companies. Outcomes included: (1) provided an opportunity to forge connections with U.S. businesses interested in ethically sourcing handmade goods from women entrepreneurs, (2) supported entrepreneur-to-entrepreneur discussions to foster U.S.-Indo-Pacific business activities.
Date: September 29 – 30, 2020
During Assistant Secretary Singh’s visit in October 2018, leaders were encouraged to establish a women’s economic empowerment forum. As a follow up to her trip, Embassy Jerusalem, in partnership with MIT Enterprise Forum Israel, provided training and network development to 10 selected participants through a nine–week seminar series launched on July 15, 2020. Outcomes included: (1) provided Israeli women-entrepreneurs business training, (2) introduced them to American corporate culture and, (3) helped them develop networks in the U.S.
Date: July 15, 2020 – September 2020
U.S. Embassy Podgorica hosted a conference for women entrepreneurs to help build the entrepreneurial community in Montenegro and support foreign business and partnerships with U.S.-based businesses with vested interest in Montenegro. The project helped create and support a network of female entrepreneurs from Montenegro and the United States who have business interests in Montenegro. Outcomes included: (1) connected Montenegro women with American counterparts, and (2) facilitated collaborations and partnerships.
Date: September 15, 2020
Sao Paulo, Brazil
U.S. Consulate General São Paulo, in partnership with Grupo Mulheres do Brasil hosted a webinar on “Empowering Women’s Business.” The webinar brought in expert speakers and investment advisors to educate a group of 50-100 women business owners on fundamental asset management and financial planning strategies to stimulate investment. This project served as a pilot for a recurring series and to be deployed regionally, with the capability to reach up to 25,000 women. Outcomes included: (1) provided financial and investment literacy to female entrepreneurs and (2) developed a platform to reach more through recurrent series.
Date: September 8-11, 2020
U.S. Embassy Manama, in partnership with AmCham Bahrain, United Nationals Development Programme (UNDP), and the Bahrain Businesswomen’s Society, hosted a virtual workshop on demystifying the U.S. Bahrain Free Trade Agreement for female business owners and leaders. The workshop provided a broad overview of how Bahraini and American businesses can use the FTA for both imports and exports. Outcomes of the workshop include training on (1) export and import opportunities in specialized fields, such as plastics, healthcare, retail, and cybersecurity sector, (2) American franchising opportunities and, (3) eCommerce platforms.
Date: May 31 – June 4, 2020
Scale Up Accelerator for Women Entrepreneurs
Formation of a business in Azerbaijan is fairly easy; however, sustaining it and scaling it is very challenging, particularly for women business owners. To address this, Embassy Baku supported a 10-week business development training program in conjunction with PricewaterhouseCoopers. The training began on December 13, 2020, with a one-day opening conference, where Embassy Baku matched female SME’s with mentors from the U.S. private sector. Outcomes include: (1) provided training to 12 entrepreneurs, (2) established women SME network with U.S. businesses and (3) fostered business activity among the 100 participants.
Date: December 13, 2019 – Fall 2020
Binational Women Entrepreneur Academy
Consulate Tijuana worked with Mujer PYME to organize a Binational Women’s Entrepreneur Academy, convening women business owners from San Diego and Tijuana to gain business development skills and establish professional networks. Outcomes included: (1) identified women-led projects for presentation to potential investors, (2) educated women of regional business opportunities via USMCA, and (3) helped them develop solid business models and network.
Date: October 23, 2019
Silakan Valley: Leveraging Indonesia’s Innovative Fintech Solutions and Women Entrepreneurs
The project supported a Fintech event showcasing U.S. private sector solutions on the sidelines of Indonesia’s first International Fintech Festival. Outcomes included: (1) catalyzed a Women in Fintech Working Group to promote women entrepreneurs in fintech, and (2) forged connections between Indonesian fintech companies and the U.S. financial services sector.
Date: September 24, 2019