£1.5m project launched to encourage female entrepreneurs to go global

Make It Global aims to support 250 female-led companies

A £1.5m project aimed at boosting international expansion from female-led small and medium-sized enterprises has launched at the University of East London. Funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Make It Global will offer female entrepreneurs access to international business networks and entrepreneurship experts within the higher and further education sector. Led by the Centre of Excellence for Women’s entrepreneurship, the project will enable 250 female-led companies to attend workshops, country-specific events and peer learning groups to gain practical advice about exporting over the next two years. Delivered in partnership with the European Business and Innovation Centre Network (EBN), Newham College of Further Education, Kingston University and a network of strategic partners, the project is set to run until August 2014. Selena Bolingbroke, UEL pro vice-chancellor, commented: “The world is a small place when it comes to business, so it is time for female entrepreneurs to start broadening their horizons and thinking global. “Without question, the one thing that has hindered women-led SMEs from exploring this avenue in the past has been the lack of support and specialist advice. Make it Global will make up for this knowledge gap and provide our female entrepreneurs with that all-important practical advice about how they can make the transition to go international with their business.”

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