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Applications Invited for VV GROW Fellowship 2021

Applications Invited for VV GROW Fellowship 2021

Organization: Vital Voices

Apply By: 15 Dec 2020

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About the Organization:

Vital Voices is a global movement that invests in women leaders who are solving the world’s greatest challenges. Guided by the belief that women are essential to progress in their communities, we identify women with daring vision for change. They then partner with her to make that vision a reality. Through long-term investments that expand her skills, connections and visibility, we accelerate and scale her impact.

Vital Voices (VV) GROW Fellowship 2021 

The Vital Voices GROW Fellowship (VV GROW) is a leading global accelerator program for women owners of small and medium sized businesses. The program includes customized business skills training, leadership development, technical assistance, and access to networks. Through online and in-person trainings, Fellows focus on strategy and long-term business value, and put those concepts to work with action-oriented strategic plans to grow their businesses. They amplify their role as leaders in their businesses and communities by creating jobs, stimulating long-term 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. Fellows get access to valuable technical assistance and become a part of a supportive global network of women business owners, as well as the Vital Voices network.

Benefits

  • 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 a 3-day online conference focused on leadership and networking. Through dynamic interactive sessions, fellows connect virtually with each other, program partners, Vital Voices trainers and staff, 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 our partners

Requirements

Women entrepreneurs or social entrepreneurs who:

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

Interested applicants:

  • Are enthusiastic about participating in a one-year business accelerator program
  • Are motivated to learn new skills and make changes to grow their business
  • Have the authority to make critical decisions in their business
  • Are willing to commit to working with Vital Voices to track their business growth during the program and up to 3 years afterwards by being responsive and participating in data collection activities including online surveys and phone calls
  • Are interested in collaborating and supporting the other women in their cohort

Deadline: December 15, 2020

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