Despite growing rates of entrepreneurship across Southeast Asia, women face significant challenges accessing the resources and support they need to develop, grow and sustain their businesses.
Developed in collaboration with Qualcomm® Wireless Reach™, the DevelopHer initiative supports women entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia to overcome business challenges and take their enterprises to the next level.
The project has two components: our HerVenture mobile learning app and online mentoring support provided through our pioneering Mentoring Women in Business Programme. This multi-pronged approach empowers women to access the information and learning they need to run their businesses more effectively, as well as benefitting from the deeper, more personalised support of a dedicated mentor.
At least 3,000 women entrepreneurs in Vietnam are expected to benefit from the HerVenture app and over 180 women entrepreneurs in Vietnam and other Southeast Asian countries will be offered in-depth, one-to-one mentoring support. Women entrepreneurs who graduate from the mentoring component are encouraged to mentor others, expanding the reach and impact of the initiative.
‘DevelopHer combines mobile and online technologies to fill a need for flexible support of women entrepreneurs at the start-up and growth stages of their businesses. It provides an exciting and engaging way for women entrepreneurs to unlock their potential.’
– Angela Baker, Director, Qualcomm Wireless Reach
Qualcomm® Wireless Reach believes access to advanced wireless technologies can improve people’s lives. Qualcomm Wireless Reach is a strategic initiative that brings wireless technology to underserved communities globally. For the last ten years, Wireless Reach has invested in programs that foster entrepreneurship, aid in public safety, enhance the delivery of health care, enrich teaching and learning and improve environmental sustainability, impacting over 11 million beneficiaries.
Emerging360 is a boutique consultancy promoting sustainable development through ICT strategy, digital innovation, MSME capacity building, and blended, web, and mobile eLearning. The Emerging360 team has collaborated with the World Bank, International Finance Corporation (IFC), and leading private, social, and public sector organisations on every major continent. Emerging360 is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area with teams in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.