Features — 18 November 2015
New entrepreneurship program seeks businesswomen

BELIZE CITY, Tues. Nov. 17, 2015–Twelve Caribbean countries, including Belize, are about to launch a new peer mentoring program which organizers say is intended to fast-track women entrepreneurs in the region and to scale-up their business.

The infoDev certified facilitator, Danalyn Myvett, Belize Ambassador for Women’s Entrepreneurship Day, said that one of her portfolio responsibilities is to create and deliver a signature event where women in business come together. She plans to host a LeadHerShip Conference on November 25, 2015 at the Belize Biltmore Plaza.

Myvette is promoting a new peer mentoring program, aimed at fast-tracking women entrepreneurs in the Caribbean. She is seeking 10 to 15 women entrepreneurs in Belize who have been in business for at least a few years, to engage in the program here. The call for applications closes next Friday, November 27, 2015.

“It’s an exciting program. Don’t miss out!” she said.

“We have drawn on global best practices to design a program specifically for women whose driving objective is to grow their companies. This Acceleration Program is holistic, and at the same time, specifically tailored to the needs of the individuals,” says Ganesh Rasagam, Practice Manager for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the World Bank Group. “It underscores our commitment to promoting the sustainable growth of women-led businesses”, he adds.

According to Myvette, the participants will be asked to commit $50 a month for the program, which will span 8 months, and not only will they receive a certificate from InfoDev to mark their milestone, but even as the program progresses, participants will benefit from a business acceleration program which will help them to strengthen their business skills through hands-on learning and critical network support.

She added that peer learning workshops will be held every month, and participants will receive mentoring from personal coaches.

Organizers say that this new initiative is part of the Entrepreneurship Program for Innovation in the Program in the Caribbean (EPIC), funded by the Government of Canada and implemented by the World Bank Group and its infoDev program for entrepreneurship.

Other participating countries are Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, Suriname, and Trinidad & Tobago.

More information can be obtained at www.leadherships.org.

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