Female entrepreneurs from six countries across northern Europe travel to Jokkmokk, Sweden this week, to make business connections and develop their entrepreneurial skills. All this is made possible by the transnational W-POWER project, co-funded by the EU Interreg Northern Periphery and Arctic Programme 2014-2020.
Swedish project partner Strukturum is hosting the event, which includes opportunities for the visiting business women to network with local entrepreneurs, an on-line pitching contest for new business ideas, and training about business finance. The event ends on Thursday with a public seminar showcasing entrepreneurial success stories from across the region. Over 50 people are expected to take part in the seminar and associated workshop, which will take place on 14th of November at Hotel Jokkmokk.
The W-POWER project aims to empower female entrepreneurs living in sparsely populated communities across northern Europe and around the Arctic rim. The project provides training and peer-mentoring for female entrepreneurs, boosts new business ideas, creates opportunities for regional and transnational networking and gives access to gender-sensitive business coaching and support. The project regions comprise parts of eastern and northern Finland, northern Sweden, Iceland, western parts of Scotland and Ireland, and Shetland, with New Brunswick in Canada as an associated partner region. The project activities are ongoing until mid-2021, and female entrepreneurs from the regions above are all welcome to join the network.
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