There are three very important words that, if any entrepreneur and entrepreneur puts them into practice, they will see significant events in their business. We refer to three great convictions: grow, impact and share.
And, right now in the framework of International Women’s Day (March 8), what can women entrepreneurs, specifically, from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras do to grow, impact and share? Participate in the open call Juntas Contamos, sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank; so they will offer 100% scholarships.
Juntas Contamos helps you realize your business dreams through three main things: training, bonding and financing. Juntas Contamos will mobilize more than 6 million dollars to support companies led by women through fintech associations, non-bank institutions, investors, banks and microfinance institutions.
Said program is co-designed and financed by the IDB Lab and WeFi, together with Hispanics in Philanthropy and the Target Foundation, Target Foundation, Cisco Foundation and Catalitic Capital Consortium. In addition, other key allies such as Mercado Libre, Walmart Centroamérica, DHL, Center for Inclusive Growth, Drip Capital, CENPROMYPE, Lendera, Pretmex, Viwala, among others.
Agora Partnerships seeks to empower women entrepreneurs
If you lead a growing company in Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, you can participate in the “Juntas Contamos” calls that will be open for three years (2022-2024). You just have to go to agora2030.org, fill out a form and they will contact you.
Agora Partnerships is leading the implementation of Juntas We have extensive experience of 17 years as an NGO that develops high-impact programs to support entrepreneurs in Latin America. Throughout its history, Agora has worked with 3,300 entrepreneurs (50% are female entrepreneurs) in 23 countries in the region.
“All of this was designed to empower women in negotiation and decision-making for both their professional and personal lives. Because we recognize that they are one of the most important engines of the economy in Mexico and in the world”, says Cecilia Foxworthy, CEO of Agora Partnerships.
So, you will receive a series of infallible tools and resources to continue evolving and growing your business. In addition, they will help you connect with a network of businesswomen and strategic allies from different countries.
Take your company to the next level with the help of experts
Agora Partnerships works with growing small and medium-sized businesses led by women to help them reach the next level. Its model, as we said, is based on training, links and financing through strategic allies.
All this fits into an information exchange platform that allows entrepreneurs to capitalize on their data and access the most valuable commercial and financial markets. This way they will be able to strengthen the value chain of their business.
Juntas Contamos is looking for 4,000 women entrepreneurs in Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala to benefit them by increasing sales, solving challenges with experts, involving the team, belonging to a community, expanding networks and integrating socio-environmental and gender aspects.
“We classify female entrepreneurs into three levels by their annual dollar sales. The first since 25,000; the second from 75,000 and the third from 250,000”, explains the CEO of Agora, Cecilia Foxworthy, a social entrepreneur with a track record of 15 years leading and managing initiatives for strategic growth and innovation.
Participants in the Juntas Contamos program will receive training on different topics, including: innovation, marketing and sales, negotiation, business management, environmental and social sustainability. Apart from investment preparation, process optimization, new channels to grow, data to increase sales and financial education.
“The entrepreneurial ecosystem in Mexico and Latin America must focus on relevant issues such as the digitization of sales processes and channels, value chains, decent work, resilience, gender equality, and ecological innovations,” says the CEO of Agora.
From the launch of the program, the call will be permanent. Applications will be continually evaluated. “Together We Count” is 100% asynchronous because it is international in nature. However, they will invite businesswomen to participate in face-to-face events in each of the countries. Here you can sign up.