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EWA | Empowering Women in Agrifood
EWA | Empowering Women in Agrifood

EWA | Empowering Women in Agrifood

Training, mentoring, business coaching and networking opportunities for women entrepreneurs in the agrifood sector

2021 Applications are now closed

80 talented female entrepreneurs from countries with modest to moderate innovation rates (check countries here) will go through a 6-months entrepreneurial programme tailored to create business solutions for specific challenges in agrifood. After this period, they will have the required knowledge, confidence and support to meet and exceed their aspirations, leading them to successfully start and develop sustainable businesses.  The programme is designed for women regardless of their age, family situation, experience in business. We just need your idea and willingness to revolutionize the food system together with us!

 

EWA | Empowering Women in Agrifood

Why a project for women entrepreneurs?

According to a June 2020 study commissioned by the European Union, entrepreneurship is a key driver of innovation and growth across society. While Europe is making steady progress towards these principles, women remain underrepresented and underfunded, even as an increasing number of European citizens express the desire to launch their own businesses. In Europe, only around 30% of women account top positions in agricultural and livestock farms in the European Union, with a remarkable low rate amongst women from RIS regions.

Additionally, rural women still face serious disadvantages, compared not only to rural men, but also to urban women. Despite policy efforts to reduce these differences, results of recent studies and reports show that progress remains insufficient. Is a fact, therefore, that female leadership and  entrepreneurial potential are an under-exploited source of economic growth that should be further explored.

The European Commission is working with EU countries to overcome these challenges and encourage more women to start their own companies. Following the most recent report form the EU parliament “More business education and training focusing on making business plans, developing leadership skills and bookkeeping is needed for women in rural areas. Personalised coaching tailored to the needs of women is more important than traditional classroom teaching”

EIT Food’s objective is to “future proof” the food system, which includes building an inclusive and innovative community to “foster innovation at all stages of business creation”. Part of EIT Food’s inclusivity goals include supporting female entrepreneurs through education, network building, and dedicated programme resources- that is EWA- Empowering Women in Agrifood mission.

Stages

  •  Launch of the call for women entrepreneurs: May
  • Selection of Women and their mentors: End of June
  • Start of the programme: July- Welcome Community open!
  1. Matchmaking activity: July (Exact dates TBC)
  2. Capacity building workshop: September (Exact dates TBC)
  3. Networking and pitching competition: November (Exact dates TBC)

Programme

Online training

Selected entrepreneurs will bennefit from an 6 months of tailor-made trainings  on specific business and entrepreneurial topics and access to resources to improve your skills.

Mentorship/Ongoing Support

 More than 20 hours of personalised mentoring, from experts in business, agrifood and successful entrepreneurs. EIT Food Startup Guide will be offered free of charge.

Power of community

 Participation in entrepreneurship and networking events with high-level stakeholders. All applicants will have access to our EWA Community and will benefit from the network and direct access to over 200 mentors and female entrepreneurs within the agrifood ecosystem.

Funding opportunities

Beneficiaries will have the chance to win up to 10,000 euros per country, discover other EIT Food programmes and access investors, business angels and corporatives to take their businesses to the next level.

Elegibility

  1. To be a female entrepreneur with passion for the agrifood sector and a business idea
  2. To be located in a RIS (Regional Innovation Scheme) region from in one of the following countries:  Bulgaria, Greece, Lithuania, *Poland, Portugal, Romania, *Spain or Turkey. Check all RIS regions here
  3. To have founded the company no longer than 2 years ago
  4. To have received less than EUR 30,000 in public and private financing
  5. To be committed to participate in the program and participate in its events

Application

2021 Applications are now closed!

Please keep tuned for further opportunities

JOIN OUR EWA COMMUNITY!!

Programme

Online training

  • Selected entrepreneurs will benefit from 6 months long tailor-made training  on specific business and entrepreneurial topics and access to resources to improve their skills.

Mentorship/Ongoing Support

  • More than 20 hours of personalised mentoring, from experts in business, agrifood and successful entrepreneurs. EIT Food Startup Guide will be offered free of charge.

Power of community

  •  Participation in entrepreneurship and networking events with high-level stakeholders. All applicants will have access to our EWA Community and will benefit from a network which provides direct access to over 200 mentors and female entrepreneurs within the agrifood ecosystem.

Funding opportunities

  • Beneficiaries will have the chance to win up to 10,000 euros per country, discover other EIT Food programmes and access investors, and corporates to take their businesses to the next level.

Impact

80 women will be upskilled on how to start their agrifood business and be successful; receiving personalised mentoring, training and becoming part of the big EIT Food community.

The ultimate goal is to overcome the existing gender gap in the agrifood sector with a special focus on less innovative european regions: promoting inclusivity and diversity between business founders, and increase female founded startups.

Questions?

Please send us an email to ewa.eitfood.eu

 

Project Lead

Activity leader and Southern Europe Coordinator
Lara Rodríguez
Role

CLC South RIS Project Manager

Contact details

lara.rodriguez@eitfood.eu

Eastern Europe Coordinator
Aleksandra Nizynska
Role

CLC NE RIS Project Manager

Contact details

aleksandra.nizynska@eitfood.eu

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