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As part of the WE3A project work, we started a series of round tables aimed at purchasing companies and public and private organizations that support entrepreneurship.

We are pleased to invite you to the virtual roundtable on the participation of women in the business ecosystem of Guyana. The roundtable will take place on September 14, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST (Guyana time) through the Zoom platform.

It will have the participation of IDB Lab, the Thunderbird Global Management School, and local partners The Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry Guyana, who will present the objectives and details of the project. We are also honored to have speakers from ExxonMobile and Bristol-Myers Squibb, two member companies of the WEConnect International buyer network who have extensive experience in the field and who will share their practices with us. 

Key points from the round table:

  • – Dissemination of the preliminary results of the research recently carried out by WeConnect within the framework of this project to the business
    ecosystem in Guyana
  • – Understand the programs or practices that large corporations are implementing to increase and diversify their number of suppliers through
    companies owned or led by women
  • – Identify challenges and opportunities in Guyana

 

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What is WE3A?

Thunderbird School of Global Management and the IDB Lab have partnered to create three-pronged catalytic programming to build women owned small businesses in Latin America. This endeavor, called WE3A, takes its name from the three pillars of collaboration it’s built around—Women Entrepreneurs who Aspire, Activate and Accelerate. WE3A will provide participants in six Latin American countries with world class training and access to resources and networks that has been largely out of their reach until now.
WE3A focuses on improving access to value chains for women-owned, small and medium sized enterprises (*WSMEs) while innovating the entrepreneurial experience of women entrepreneurs in the most underdeveloped economies of Latin America.
WOMEN’S SME DEFINITION
Option 1: ≥ 51% owned by a woman/women; either
Option 2: ≥ 20% owned by a woman/women; and have ≥ 1 female CEO/COO (president/vice president); and have ≥ 30% of the board of directors composed of women, where a board exists

COMPONENTS

Aspire:
– Creating the enabling environment for women entrepreneurs in nascent ecosystems.
– Strengthening the business case for investment in women owned businesses.

Activate:
– Building the capacity of early-stage small women owned businesses to better access value chains
– Providing access to training, mentoring, business tools and networks
– Foundation: DreamBuilder, a free online business training and certification program

Accelerate:
– Integrating WSMEs into corporate value chains through an accelerator program that includes training, resources and networking.
– Supporting WSMEs with high-growth potential to grow as regional and international businesses.

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