A bootcamp for aspiring women entrepreneurs is being organized for September 4 at the Quezon City Hall.
The event is dubbed AWEB or Aspiring Women Entrepreneurs Bootcamp, which is a joint project of the Embassy of New Zealand in Manila, SPARK! Philippines, and the Quezon City government through the efforts of Councilor Lena Marie Juico.
AWEB is a multi-year program focused on developing the basic competencies needed by aspiring entrepreneurs which includes the evaluation of business ideas, creation of a business plan, and lecture of key business principles.
It will be held at the Bulwagang Amoranto on the 3rd floor of the Quezon City Mayor’s Office.
The program will run from September 2019 to December 2021 with three target areas of implementation. From each area, there will be 10 aspiring women entrepreneurs who will receive a seed funding to help them grow their businesses.
The project will pool mentors who are entrepreneurs themselves to provide additional guidance to the participants to ensure the accomplishment of the indicators.
Known for its commitment to uplift the lives of women in their community and promote growth of women entrepreneurs, Quezon City was chosen to be the first location of the Bootcamp. The ten participants from Quezon City are from four different Barangays namely: Barangay Alicia, Barangay Ramon Magsaysay, Barangay Vasra, and Barangay Pag Asa.
“Women entrepreneurs benefit from the strong support that SPARK! Philippines has provided through this program,” said New Zealand Ambassador David Strachan.
New Zealand recognizes the pivotal role women play in economic development. “We’ve seen the impact of empowerment of women by providing them with an avenue to thrive and succeed,” he added.
AWEB is the second partnership of the New Zealand and SPARK! after a livelihood workshop that happened in Dumaguete last year which trained 32 women entrepreneurs in Negros Oriental.