New Elevator Program Empowers Women to Achieve their Full Business Potential

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WOMEN across Scotland are being empowered to turn their passion or idea into a burgeoning business with the launch of a new programme.

Run by Elevator, a social enterprise which supports entrepreneurship and employability across Scotland, E3f is a free six-week initiative dedicated to help women dream big and turn their aspirations into a reality.

Funded by the Scottish Government through their Pathways Fund, E3f will offer participants the chance to connect with a community of like-minded women, sharing experiences and building lasting connections.

The ‘Entrepreneurial Ecosystem’ model will run in three areas – in South Glasgow, Angus and Moray.

The innovative community outreach initiative offers tailored assistance to women across various backgrounds, including those in rural areas, from diverse backgrounds, and facing socio-economic challenges. It is designed for women who aspire to explore their potential and embark on a transformative journey. Whether individuals have a concrete business idea, are contemplating starting a business without a clear direction, or simply wish to enhance their entrepreneurial skills, the E3f program can provide assistance. Through interactive workshops, participants will have the opportunity to refine their skills, bolster their confidence, and acquire tools for success.

From brainstorming ideas to hands-on sessions, the program aims to propel participants towards achievement and self-discovery. Additionally, a digital platform will offer ongoing support beyond the six-week program, fostering connections, providing access to resources, and enabling continued growth with the backing of the E3f community. The program will be facilitated by Lucy Steading, Cat Ward, and Blessing Shamaki, all of whom boast esteemed backgrounds in business development and mentoring.

Professor Gary McEwan, CEO of Elevator, expressed excitement about the launch of the E3f program, underscoring Elevator’s dedication to fostering entrepreneurship and empowering women throughout Scotland’s diverse communities. He emphasized the program’s aim to provide a transformative journey for women seeking to realize their full business potential. McEwan highlighted that the E3f program not only dismantles barriers but also fosters a vibrant environment where women can connect, exchange experiences, and cultivate lasting relationships. He reiterated Elevator’s belief in offering every woman, regardless of background, the opportunity to translate her passion into a thriving business.

Rachel Ross, Director of Strengthening Communities at Elevator, elaborated on the program’s design, emphasizing its tailored support for women in three regions across Scotland. She emphasized its focus on addressing the unique needs of individuals in rural areas, those representing various facets of diversity, and those encountering socio-economic challenges.

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