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With the support of the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi), International Finance Corporation and WEConnect International have partnered to promote market access opportunities for women-owned enterprises in emerging markets.

On February 22nd, 2019, over 200 women business owners, corporate representatives, and delegates from the US Embassy and South African government convened together to celebrate female entrepreneurship and the opportunities for collaboration to drive business growth with WEConnect International. The event was the 4th WEConnect International in South Africa Annual Conference, hosted by EY, in Sandton, Johannesburg.

In the lead up to the Annual Conference, WEConnect International in South Africa hosted six targeted training workshops for over 100 women business owners on February 21st, 2019. In a true collaborative spirit, WEConnect International Certified Women’s Business Enterprises and representatives of WEConnect International corporate members took on the role of workshop leaders.

With the theme of “Collaborating For Business Growth,” the workshop leaders focused on topics relevant to women business owners seeking to work with one another. Topics of the workshops included alignment of self-branding and personal values, legal implications of doing business within collaborative entities, cybersecurity, change management, brand building for collaboration, and pricing for collaboration.

Interested in learning more or participating in the next training workshop? Contact South Africa Country Director Jean Chawapiwa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.