The Women’s Academy for Rural Innovation is looking for aspiring entrepreneurs

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The Women's Academy for Rural Innovation is looking for aspiring entrepreneurs

Women from rural areas in the European Union (EU) are encouraged to apply for the Women’s Academy for Rural Innovation program in Spain next month.

The six-day program is designed to empower rural women to learn the skills to shape the digital age from their own villages.

Women of all ages and backgrounds living in rural areas in the EU can apply until Tuesday 27 September.

The successful candidate will win a full scholarship to participate in the inaugural edition of the Women’s Academy for Rural Innovation, which will take place in the Castile and Leon region of Spain from Sunday October 23 to Friday October 28.

Women’s Academy for Rural Innovation

Under the programme, 15 participants – each from a different EU Member State – will learn from high-level experts and renowned public figures, exploring rural entrepreneurship.

Participants will have the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of technologies and innovations that can be applied in the rural area and women’s working life, as well as advice on how to start a small and medium-sized enterprise (SME).

The Women’s Academy for Rural Innovation is part of Huawei’s broader educational initiative “European Leadership Academy”, which is designed to advance the digital inclusion and empowerment of women.

According to the European Leadership Academy, women should be encouraged to play an active role in promoting growth and building a sustainable future. He stated:

“In rural populations, where women often play a vital role both socially and economically, they are well placed to take the lead in seizing the opportunities offered by digitalization and ensuring that their communities are not left behind. for account”.

The program will emphasize business sustainability, local growth in a globalized world and a forward-looking vision for rural communities. During this six-day event, participants:

  • Discuss “hot” topics such as the digitization of SMEs and the keys to accessing financing;
  • Explore the potential of the latest innovations for a greener future;
  • Learn from internationally renowned business mentors and thought leaders;
  • Develop networking, public speaking and other soft skills during collaborative projects;
  • Understand how technology can drive growth in rural areas;
  • Spend time exploring central Spain, including its culture, cuisine, nature, and tech scene.

“Rural women still face structural challenges that unfairly prevent many of them from unleashing their full potential. The rural environment presents women with a double obstacle; in addition to the gender gap, they must also overcome the urban-rural divide to progress.

“It is also an obstacle to equal opportunities in the EU. This is why the Women’s Academy for Rural Innovation was created,” according to the European Leadership Academy.

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