WEEI: Empowering Ukrainian Women Entrepreneurs

Jun 7, 2024

The Women’s Entrepreneurship and Empowerment Initiative (WEEI) is a comprehensive program that carves a path for Ukrainian women entrepreneurs, providing them with valuable resources and support to launch, manage, and grow their businesses.


A Tailored Program for Women Entrepreneurs

WEEI is a transformative program specifically designed to meet the unique needs of Ukrainian women entrepreneurs. Its primary focus is on fostering social impact and sustainable entrepreneurship. The program offers training, mentorship, and support for women at any stage of business development, from new ventures and startups to established small businesses. 

Working closely with local and international organizations, WEEI provides an expansive network of resources and expertise. This collaborative approach ensures comprehensive support and fosters a robust ecosystem for the growth and success of the participants.

We’ve divided the program into four key areas, each designed to equip women entrepreneurs with the tools, skills, and resources they need to succeed: Individual Entrepreneurship Training for Women (U:LEARN), Women’s MVP Incubator (U:START), Women’s Startup Accelerator (U:GROW), and Women’s Leadership Program (U:LEAD).

Harnessing Technology for Empowerment

The program combines the flexibility of self-paced learning with the expertise of instructor-led classes and mentorship. WEEI’s dynamic platform offers an immersive learning experience and emphasizes practical applications, innovative methodologies, and industry-focused curricula.

A Community of Support

WEEI goes beyond simple training and resources to build a solid and supportive community. The program fosters meaningful mentor-mentee relationships through its innovative mentorship platform, which leverages algorithms to find the best-matched mentor-mentee pairs.

Fostering Growth through Specialized Programs

Each of WEEI’s specialized programs – U:LEARN, U:START, U:GROW, and U:LEAD – serves a specific purpose, targeting different stages of women’s business and professional development.

U:LEARN is an introductory course on entrepreneurship. This free 3-month program introduces participants to various entrepreneurial mindsets, creative problem-solving, and multiple pathways to entrepreneurship.

U:START is a complementary incubator program designed to kickstart new women-led Ukrainian startups. It helps launch, validate, and grow the participants’ startup ideas, enabling them to develop and commercialize their unique minimum viable products (MVPs).

U:GROW is an accelerator program that supports women-led Ukrainian startups in becoming investment-ready. This program helps to refine vision, go-to-market strategies, sales processes, and metrics while perfecting pitches and preparing strong fundraising plans.

U:LEAD is a program designed to enhance the leadership capacities of Ukrainian women. It helps participants refine their leadership style, lead their teams more effectively, and acquire the skills to manage other managers, align verticals, and guide organizations.


Envisioning a Brighter Future

In a world where gender equality remains elusive, the Women’s Entrepreneurship and Empowerment Initiative is taking significant strides towards closing the gap, empowering Ukrainian women with the necessary tools, skills, and support to become successful entrepreneurs.

By building a platform where women can learn, grow, and succeed, the initiative is shaping a brighter, more equitable future for women entrepreneurs in Ukraine.

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