Accelerator for Women Business Owners: Vital Voices GROW Fellowship

Accelerator for Women Business Owners: Vital Voices GROW Fellowship

The Vital Voices GROW Fellowship is a leading global accelerator for women Business owners of small and medium-sized businesses that are making a social impact. The program provides customized business skills training, leadership development, technical assistance, and access to networks and connections. Going into its 9th year, this program aims to elevate women business leaders as drivers for economic growth and social change in their communities, countries, and the world by helping them grow their businesses and expand their social impact.

Through online training, fellows focus on long-term business strategy paired with action-oriented strategic plans to grow their businesses. They amplify their roles as leaders in their businesses and their communities’ creating jobs, stimulating economic growth, and producing wider social benefits.

Through the program, participants gain knowledge and skills in strategic planning, financial management, marketing & sales, strategic networking, leadership, human resources, and communications. They receive valuable technical assistance and support and become members of a valuable global network of women business owners and the broader Vital Voices network of more than 18,000 women leaders around the world.

What does the fellowship include?

  • Virtual Learning: Through a series of webinars, assignments, one-on-one and small group calls, fellows learn about core topics and assess their businesses in order to develop and implement a strategic plan for growth. Throughout the 12 months of virtual learning, fellows gain skills and knowledge to strengthen business operations, identify and prepare for opportunities for growth and successfully achieve long-term sustainable growth.
  • Virtual Convening: Fellows participate in online sessions focused on select topics including leadership and personal development. Through dynamic interactive sessions, fellows connect virtually with each other, program partners, guest speakers, Vital Voices trainers and staff, thereby also strengthening their Vital Voices global network.
  • Growth Services and Support: During the year, fellows learn about various topics and resources that are critical to achieving their business growth goals. They are connected to opportunities and individualized growth services and support provided by Vital Voices and their partners.

Benefits of Accelerator for Women Business Owners

The VV GROW Fellowship is a highly competitive program that provides customized business skills training and support valued at over USD $20,000 per participant. Through the fellowship, participants will:

  • Increase their knowledge, skills, and confidence in strategic planning, financial management, marketing & sales, strategic networking, leadership, human resources, communications and other business related topics
  • Receive guidance, training and support from global expert business trainers and coaches
  • Develop valuable relationships with a group of women business leaders from around the world (VV GROW Cohort 9)
  • Receive referral(s) to business support services and other growth opportunities
  • Receive a certificate of program completion
  • Become a member of the Vital Voices Global Leadership Network upon graduation.

Eligibility Criteria

Women entrepreneurs or social entrepreneurs who:

  • Have been operating this business for at least 3 years o Employs at least 1 full time staff (this can include the applicant) o Generates at least US $40,000 in annual sales
  • Are proficient in spoken and written English
  • Have demonstrated leadership and key decision making authority within their business, and manage the business on an ongoing basis
  • Have a commitment towards making a positive social impact
  • If you are involved in more than one business, the above business criteria must apply to the business that you would like to focus on during the fellowship.

Application Deadline: Sept 27, 2021

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