Her Excellency, Gloria Guevara Manzo, Chief Special Advisor to the Minister of Tourism of Saudi Arabia Chantal Khoueiry- Chief Culture Office – The Bicester Collection Dr. Iman Bibars – Regional Director of Ashoka Arab World, Founder of the Women’s Initiative for Social Entrepreneurship, and Vice President of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public Desiree Bollier- Chair & Global Chief Merchant – The Bicester Collection
As part of its DO GOOD programme, The Bicester Collection is launching the Unlock Her Future Prize, an annual initiative to identify and empower women first-time founder social-impact entrepreneurs from different regions of the world. The inaugural 2023 edition will launch in MENA and then roll out to a different geographical region each year.
The Unlock Her Future Prize will support three extraordinary women, social entrepreneurs, providing the financial, social, and human capital support to empower them to develop their business skills and launch their start-up ventures each of the three winners will receive a business grant of up to US$100,000.
The prize is open to women from the MENA region who are first-time founders of any age with an inspiring not-for-profit business idea that aims to deliver a positive and sustainable impact on society and Eight finalists will be selected and invited to pitch their ideas to the judges in person in London, with three winners announced on International Women’s Day 2023.
A reflection of the rise of women entrepreneurs in the Kingdom.https://t.co/iicoEkqvpB— About Her (@AboutHerOFCL) November 24, 2022
The Bicester Collection's DO GOOD programme drives women's progress in several ways; through its enduring charity partnerships that empower women and push policymakers and business leaders to put gender equality on their priority list.
"Women social entrepreneurs in the MENA region can and do have an impact in every field yet are still underfunded and under-recognised. The Unlock Her Future Prize is a transformative opportunity for the region's leading women social entrepreneurs to access not only funding but also mentorship, technical support, a global network of allies, and global exposure," said Dr. Iman Bibars, Regional Director of Ashoka Arab World, Founder of the Women's Initiative for Social Entrepreneurship, and Vice President of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public.
Applications will be open from 5 December 2022 – 31 January 2023. Apply here: TheBicesterCollection.com/en/campaign/unlock-her-future-prize