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, is providing training and network development to 10 selected participants through a nine–week seminar series launched on July 15, 2020. Outcomes include: (1) provide Israeli women-entrepreneurs business training, (2) introduce them to American corporate culture and, (3) help them develop networks in the U.S.
Date: July 15, 2020 – September 2020
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.
Empowering Women’s Business
Sao Paulo, Brazil
U.S. Consulate General São Paulo, in partnership with Grupo Mulheres do Brasil will host a webinar on “Empowering Women’s Business.” The webinar will bring 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 will serve as a pilot for a recurring series and to be deployed regionally, with the capability to reach up to 25,000 women. Outcomes include (1) provide financial and investment literacy to female entrepreneurs and (2) develop a platform to reach more through recurrent series.
WE have the POWER
Majuro, Marshall Islands
This program will provide 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 will convene women entrepreneurs in the handcraft and fair-trade sector in the Marshall Islands with product distributors and counterparts in U.S. companies. Outcomes include: (1) provide an opportunity to forge connections with U.S. businesses interested in ethically sourcing handmade goods from women entrepreneurs, (2) support entrepreneur-to-entrepreneur discussions to foster U.S.-Indo-Pacific business activities.
Women in E-Commerce
Port Louis, Seychelles
U.S. Embassy Port-Louis will host 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 will enable Seychellois women to build relationships with their American counterparts to help increase two-way trade. Part of the forum will also be targeted to senior government officials to discuss the development opportunities and challenges associated with the evolving digital economy and barriers faced by female entrepreneurs in e-commerce. The forum will empower Seychellois women to call on their government to implement regulatory reforms necessary to support the digital economy. Outcomes include: (1) support U.S.-Seychellois women-led business activities in e-commerce, (2) identify equities of women-owned businesses in Seychellois’s digital infrastructure needs, and (3) provide policy feedback for legal and policy reform.
Technology Enabling Growth
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.
Women B2B U.S. & MNE
U.S. Embassy Podgorica will host 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 helps create and support a network of female entrepreneurs from Montenegro and the United States who have business interests in Montenegro. Outcomes include: (1) connect Montenegro women with American counterparts, and (2) facilitate collaborations and partnerships.
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.
Silakan Valley: Levering 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
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
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
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