The idea of the Women Entrepreneurs Network (WEN) is developed by USAID’s Strengthening Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development (SEED) Project with the urge to support aspiring and established women entrepreneurs in Egypt and increase their access to entrepreneurial services. One of the primary goals of SEED is to increase the formation, growth, and expansion of women-owned businesses and women-owned micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in Egypt. Hence, the WEN idea came about to provide women entrepreneurs with knowledge, mentorship, networking with players in the entrepreneurial ecosystem and many other services to allow them to scale their businesses, increase their revenuers and employment opportunities, and do business efficiently.
The formation of the network started by bringing together representatives form leading women-focused organizations to create the founding and steering committee of the Network, which will ensure its sustainability and outreach. Further ahead, the Network itself is planned to be compromised of groups of interconnected entrepreneurs, business and financial service providers, business mentors, and other relevant actors and leaders, who are expected to contribute to achieving the WEN’s objectives and ensure its sustainability.
- Create a robust networking and referral platform focused on supporting women entrepreneurs in Egypt.
- Improve services of WEN’s member organizations and women entrepreneurs.
- Reach out and engage women and youth outside of major cities.
- Articulate and advocate for policies to enhance the MSME environment in Egypt.
- Publish and maintain a current directory of financial and business development services and a calendar of events for entrepreneurs.
- Coordinate youth networks, incubators, universities, and schools to organize and host network opportunities and activities.