Empowering Women Ukraine Spring 2024
80 individuals with new business ideas and 60 already existing business founders will be selected for the programme to get support on getting started and developing a sustainable and crisis-resilient micro company. At least 60 individuals or business teams selected by the jury will benefit 36,000 – 180,000 UAH in the form of asset-based grants together with mentoring for six months.
29 February 2024, 18:00-20:00 UTC+2
Application deadline for INCUBATION: Entrepreneurship Programme for the creation of new businesses
17 March 2024
Announcement of selected participants into INCUBATION: Entrepreneurship Programme for the creation of new businesses
22 March 2024
INCUBATION: Entrepreneurship Programme for the creation of new businesses
06-21 April 2024
INCUBATION Finals & Award ceremony
27 April 2024
Application deadline for ACCELERATION: Entrepreneurship Programme for the relocation and re-starting of existing businesses
28 April 2024
Announcement of selected participants into the ACCELERATION: Entrepreneurship Programme for the relocation and re-starting of existing businesses
3 May 2024
ACCELERATION: Entrepreneurship Programme for the relocation and re-starting of existing businesses
18-27 May 2024
ACCELERATION Finals & Award ceremony
30 May 2024
Business grants & mentoring
June – November 2024
Despite the ongoing war in Ukraine and millions of destroyed lives, Ukrainians continue to fight for their country and freedom. Almost 5 million people, in search of a safe place for themselves and their families, have become internally displaced. Estonian Refugee Council and Garage48 invite women in Ukraine affected by the Russian war, to recover their livelihoods through entrepreneurship.
EMPOWERING WOMEN IN UKRAINE
Since 2019, the Estonian Refugee Council and Garage48 have worked in collaboration, to support women in the Eastern and Central regions of Ukraine in regaining their livelihoods through entrepreneurship. Over 4 years, the Empowering Women Entrepreneurship Programme has shown the strength and determination of Ukrainian women in defying the most difficult odds. By launching micro- and family businesses that support their own livelihood as well as others, and provide jobs and critical services, they fight for Ukraine’s freedom by supporting the resilience of the people and the economy on a grassroots level.
We have opened the programme for the fifth time, to meet the next Ukrainian superwomen. The Empowering Women Entrepreneurship Programme in Ukraine in 2023-2024 is open for next applications.
WHO CAN TAKE PART?
Applications are open to women from KIROVOHRAD, POLTAVA, and CHERKASY regions, who have lost the means to provide income for their families due to the ongoing war in Ukraine.
WE ARE WELCOMING:
- women individually with ideas for a micro business located in Ukraine
- existing individual or family businesses with less than 10 employees led by women in need of support to relocate and re-start, inside Ukraine
- business ideas and businesses from various fields, except agriculture.
*Agricultural businesses can apply to the Emergency Livelihoods Programme 2023-2024:
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The whole programme is happening online across the Central regions of Ukraine in Poltava, Kirovohrad and Cherkasy regions. Programme activities are planned mostly for weekends and evening times. The programme is held in English and Ukrainian languages, translations are provided for general sessions and workshops.
During the entrepreneurship programme, you will have the opportunity to improve and get new entrepreneurial skills, learn from experienced entrepreneurs and specialists, build your business network, develop or redefine your business plan, and work on the design of your products and services. We’ll be working with design thinking, business model canvas, branding, creative marketing, financial planning, legal advice, online and social media, founder mental health, presentation skills, and pitching topics. Our experienced local and international mentors from the entrepreneurial and technology sectors will be sharing their best practices in building successful businesses.
The project will consist of hands-on mentoring, workshops, peer-to-peer learning, teamwork, and a live final show, followed by entrepreneurship grants and a mentoring programme for the top participants and teams.
Once your application to the programme has been approved, you will receive all guidelines for entering the programme’s online platforms, attending the workshops, meeting your mentors, developing your business plans, and preparing your final pitch.
To learn more about the programme, get guidance on how to fill out the application form and get guidance for defining your business idea, we will hold an online pre-event on February 29th at 18:00-20:00 UTC+2 (Kyiv time).
Join the Facebook events for INCUBATION or ACCELERATION.
In case you have any questions about participation, please contact:
● Garage48 – firstname.lastname@example.org
ENTREPRENEURSHIP GRANTS & MENTORING
The most successful participants and teams of the entrepreneurship programmes will receive support in the form of asset-based grants. The grants are given out in the form of equipment, tools and services necessary to start or develop their business.
The entrepreneurship grants go hand in hand with a mentoring programme lasting 6 months with individual mentoring and workshops supporting further business development.
A total of 60 successful participant-run businesses will receive entrepreneurship grants:
- 35 individuals with new business ideas will each receive up to 36 000 UAH
- 25 already existing businesses will each receive up to 180 000 UAH
Granted individuals with new business ideas are expected to register their business after the entrepreneurship programme, to be eligible for the grant.
*In case of a new business idea, your business can be registered up to 3 months prior to your application date.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications are evaluated on the basis of the business potential and social and economic vulnerability of the applicants, by an international jury of entrepreneurship experts.
- 80 individuals will be selected to participate in the INCUBATION: Entrepreneurship Programme for the creation of new businesses, on April 6-21st, 2024. The application deadline is March 17th, 2024.
- 60 women-led businesses will be selected to participate in ACCELERATION: Entrepreneurship Programme for the relocation and re-starting of existing businesses on May 18-27th, 2024. The application deadline is April 28th, 2024.
Please note that you will need to create a user account before being able to submit the business idea form: https://livelihoods.pagulasabi.ee/login
The Empowering Women Entrepreneurship Programme is undertaken with the financial support of the Bureau of Humanitarian Assistance USAID (BHA)