Women’s Economic Empowerment Mentorship Program

Date/Deadline: 26 Feb, 2021

The U.S. Embassy in Australia announces an open competition for organisations to submit applications to carry out a mentorship program designed to empower, inspire, and upskill up-and-coming Australian women entrepreneurs and improve understanding about the U.S.-Australia economic relationship.

This program seeks to facilitate a mentorship program between budding Australian women entrepreneurs aged 20-30 and established American women business leaders. The program will enable a diverse cohort of emerging Australian women entrepreneurs to develop skills and professional networks needed to support future business ventures.

The program will also raise awareness about the U.S.-Australia economic relationship and opportunities for increased economic partnership between Australian and American businesses, business associations, and NGOs.

Funding Information:
Length of performance period: 6-12 months
Number of awards anticipated: Multiple
Award amounts: Up to $35,000

Performance Indicators:
Performance indicators can include, but are not limited to:
– Number of Australian participants.
– Number of connections facilitated between Australian participants and American mentors.
– Number and duration of mentoring, training, and/or networking sessions.
– Participants’ attitudes of their skills to engage in entrepreneurial activities.
– Participants’ attitudes of the U.S.-Australia economic relationship.

Expected Results:
This program is expected to result in increased ability of emerging Australian women entrepreneurs to participate fully in the economy. Following the program, participants will be better equipped to develop new business ventures through enhanced skills and professional networks. Participants will also have a better understanding of the U.S.-Australia economic relationship and opportunities for collaboration between American and Australian enterprises.

Main Activities:
This program seeks to facilitate upskilling for careers in entrepreneurship, professional networking, and increased understanding of the U.S.-Australia economic relationship through mentoring, training, and networking sessions with emerging Australian women entrepreneurs and established American women business leaders. Program duration and delivery format are flexible; however, the program should not center on international travel considering ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19.

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