Academy for Women Entrepreneurs empowers 35 women in Coquimbo

Thirty-five women entrepreneurs from the Coquimbo Region are taking part in the recently launched Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) program. This is part of a White House-led initiative run in Chile by the U.S. Embassy and implemented by partners Mujeres del Pacifico and the Universidad Catolica del Norte (UCN).

Chilean participants in this pilot program will use DreamBuilder, an online business-training program on women’s entrepreneurship developed through a partnership between Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Management and U.S. mining company Freeport-McMoRan.

AWE supports the White House-led Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative (W-GDP) Initiative, which is designed to empower women worldwide to fulfill their economic potential, and in doing so, create conditions for increased stability, security, and prosperity for all.

U.S. Embassy Cultural Attaché David Fogelson was joined by Mujeres del Pacifico President Fernanda Vicente and UCN Vice Rector for Coquimbo Elvira Badilla at the launching ceremony held on May 31st at UCN’s Campus Guayacan.

Throughout the course of four months, all 35 participants will engage in facilitated workshops, use DreamBuilder’s online lessons on marketing, sales, business management and planning, and access a network of like-minded entrepreneurs and mentors. At the end of the program, ten outstanding participants will receive seed capital to fund their new businesses.