Empowering Women Entrepreneurs Worldwide: Launch of a New Training Course
Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship (ECE) and Creatella Impact (CI) proudly announce a groundbreaking, long-term strategic partnership to empower women entrepreneurs worldwide. The official signing ceremony took place on November 10 2023, during the third Annual SHE LEADS Event at the ECE headquarters in Rotterdam. This partnership advances women’s leadership and entrepreneurship, focusing on developing countries, through designing an innovative online Training Course.
ECE, a renowned institution for entrepreneurship education and research at Erasmus University Rotterdam, and CI, a nonprofit organization dedicated to training, acceleration, venture building, and impact investments for women-led startups, join forces and combine their expertise to support aspiring and established women entrepreneurs.
The Training Course equips mission driven women entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs with the knowledge, skills, and tools to drive disruptive change in their communities and beyond. It covers critical topics on entrepreneurial skills development, social impact innovation, tech innovations, women leadership confidence building and other essential topics for women’s entrepreneurial success.
Participants who complete the Training Course will gain access to support, free mentorship from world-class experts, advisory assistance, tech execution guidance and investor introductions.
This collaboration between ECE and CI underscores a shared commitment of both organizations to gender equality, economic empowerment, and sustainable development.
“This new Training Course and knowledge platform will be a major cornerstone in scaling our offer to women entrepreneurs globally and closing the gap in Sustainable Development Goals and achieving gender equality”, said Antonio Vigilante, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of CI. As the world increasingly recognizes the essential role of women in entrepreneurship and leadership, ECE and CI are excited to embark on this journey together. The Training Course is set to launch in 2024, and both organizations eagerly anticipate making a lasting impact on women entrepreneurs.
As Farshida Zafar, Director of ECE, stated at the official partnership announcement:
“We believe that fostering women’s entrepreneurship is a catalyst for positive change and development in communities that need it the most. This Training Course will be a transformative experience for the women who participate and their communities”
Pre-registrations are open, you can sign up here: https://forms.gle/4dnUZtc5cKQCKRkm6
This Training Course is partially sponsored by the GSRD Foundation. “GSRD Foundation is proud to be associated with Creatella Impact, a partner that has changed the life of many female entrepreneurs: and through this Training Course and knowledge platform will move the proven concept to scale”, said Rien van Gendt, advisor GSRD Foundation.
ECE and CI are actively seeking additional funding partners to support this initiative, reduce financial barriers, and expand its benefits to a wider audience. Sponsors will gain high visibility among our target audience – women entrepreneurs and other ecosystem players globally.
About Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship (ECE):
ECE, a part of Erasmus University Rotterdam, is a leading international center for entrepreneurship education and research. Located in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, ECE empowers aspiring and seasoned entrepreneurs through knowledge, networks, and access to resources, enabling them to turn their ideas into thriving business ventures. ECE offers a range of programs, events, and support services that cultivate entrepreneurial mindsets and foster entrepreneurial behavior. Through dynamic collaboration with entrepreneurs, academia, government, and industry partners, ECE actively shapes the future of entrepreneurship and drives positive economic and social change locally and globally. Visit www.ece.nl for more information.
About Creatella Impact:
Creatella Impact is a U.S. nonprofit organization committed to providing innovative solutions for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through early-stage social enterprises in emerging markets. The organization offers venture building, technology execution, mentorship, advisory support, and other acceleration programs, along with impact investments that include financial capital, deal syndication, blended funding, and diverse financial instruments. Visit www.creatella.org for more information.
About the GSRD Foundation:
The GSRD Foundation was established by the denim brand G-Star RAW in 2007 to create a positive impact on the lives of people and communities in countries where G-Star products are made. The foundation, in collaboration with partners, supports young people through education, training, and coaching. Visit www.gsrd.com for more information.