Program Overview

Below is a general program overview of the Enactus Women’s Economic Empowerment Project Accelerator, made possible with funding from Walmart. See your country page for more information on requirements and important dates for participating Enactus teams.

Eligibility

All enrolled Brazil, Canada, China, India, Mexico and United States Enactus teams with projects meeting their country’s program goals, criteria and reporting requirements defined below are eligible to apply for a Women’s Economic Empowerment project grant. Teams will apply with either an Entrepreneurial Training or Workforce Development project, depending on their country location. Please note whether your country is eligible for an Entrepreneurial Training grant or a Workforce Development grant. See the Apply and Final Impact Report pages for Application and Report requirements and additional information.

The project submitted must have outcomes completed between the following dates for each country:

Brazil: May 1, 2016 – May 26, 2017
Canada: May 1, 2016 – April 6, 2017
China: May 1, 2016 – March 20, 2017
India: May 1, 2016 – May 17, 2017
Mexico: May 1, 2016 – April 28, 2017
United States: May 1, 2016 – April 19, 2017

See your Country Page for the number of awards and grant amounts available.

Please note: the women assisted must reside in the same country as your Enactus team (e.g. Enactus Brazil teams will empower Brazilian women).

Types of Projects

Entrepreneurial Training

(Brazil, Canada, China, India and Mexico Enactus teams)

Through Entrepreneurial Training projects, teams will empower female entrepreneurs in their country to create or improve a business plan and provide skills training, mentorship and resources that will

1)    offer a firm foundation as women launch their business

OR

2)    enable women to improve an existing struggling business.

“Entrepreneurs” include business-owners, self-employed women and/or women participating in an entrepreneurial cooperative, association or similar groups. Teams will complete a thorough needs assessment of the business to identify areas of improvement and execute a holistic approach to meeting those needs. Areas of improvement could include management skills, accounting practices, production, inventory, short and long term planning, employee training, marketing, etc.

In addition to the assistance provided, teams will connect participating women with a local support group to build their social assets and strengthen their foundation of support for success in their business. See the Support Group Connection page for tips.

After the initial assistance, teams will connect with the entrepreneur(s) at least two more times (at one month and three months) to determine progress, increase in business income or if additional assistance is required.

Successful projects will achieve the outputs and outcomes listed in the Entrepreneurial Training Final Impact Report (not all metrics may be applicable).

Workforce Development

(United States Enactus teams)

Through Workforce Development projects, teams will provide skills training, mentorship and resources for women in the United States that will enable them to obtain and retain employment and/or further their career, resulting in promotions or wage increases. Teams will design and execute a Workforce Development program that offers training/services in two or more of the following areas:

  • Job Preparedness
    Examples: resume writing, mock interviews, job search assistance, etc.
  • Soft Skills Building
    Examples: communication, professionalism, time management, self-confidence, etc.
  • Hard Skills Building
    Examples: customer service, 10-key training, certifications, software training, etc.
  • Adult Basic Education
    Examples: reading literacy, computer literacy, financial literacy, ESL training, etc.
  • Wrap-around Services
    Examples: childcare, transportation, emergency food supply, etc.

After conducting a thorough needs assessment, teams are encouraged to include as many of these components as necessary in their projects to create a comprehensive Workforce Development program.

In addition to the assistance provided, teams will connect participating women with a local support group to build their social assets and strengthen their foundation of support for success in the workforce. See the Support Group Connection page for tips.

After the initial assistance, teams will connect with participants at least two more times (at one month and three months) to determine if they acquired a job, held a job or received a promotion, increased their income or if they require additional assistance from the team.

Successful projects will achieve the outputs and outcomes listed in the Workforce Development Final Impact Report (not all metrics may be applicable).

Returning Teams from 2015–2016

If you participated during 2015–2016, please connect with the woman and/or women you empowered last year. If they need further assistance, this may be your 2016–2017 Women’s Economic Empowerment project if it meets the program criteria. If your team is unable to provide additional assistance, please help them find a local resource.

Human-Centered Design Assignment

A minimum of one Project Lead per team is required to complete a mandatory online assignment to demonstrate the team’s understanding of their target audience’s interests and needs. Visit the HCD page for full details, including your country’s assignment deadline.

Project Collaboration

Teams may work with other groups, organizations, etc. to implement their projects, though it is not required. For instance, Workforce Development teams may collaborate with women’s shelters, career centers or other organizations serving women. Entrepreneurial Training teams may collaborate with business development centers, organizations supporting female entrepreneurs, etc. If a team chooses to collaborate with another group/organization, they must clearly identify the roles and responsibilities of the team and the other group/organization in the Application and Final Impact Report.

Participant Personal Story

We know your projects are making real, positive impact in the lives of the women you are working with through the Enactus Women’s Economic Empowerment Project Accelerator. What better way to capture this impact than by asking these women to tell their own stories about working with your team.

In the Final Impact Report, you’ll document the story of one woman you empowered through your Women’s Economic Empowerment project. See the Personal Story page for more information and a template story sheet.

National Grand Prize Awards

In addition to receiving project grants, participating teams will compete for National Grand Prize Awards, which recognize and reward the most successful projects. Final Impact Reports will be judged to determine National Grand Prize Winners of the Women’s Economic Empowerment Project. Prizes will be awarded at the 2017 Enactus Brazil, Canada, China, India, Mexico and United States National Competitions/Expositions. See the Final Impact Report page for the judging criteria.

The Enactus Women’s Economic Empowerment Project Accelerator is offered in Brazil, Canada, China, India, Mexico and the United States, however teams will be judged at the national level, not globally. Winning teams will be determined in each of the six countries.

Questions

Contact Enactus Project Accelerator staff. We’re here to help!