YTKO leads new Accelerating Women’s Enterprise (AWE) Programme

The Accelerating Women’s Enterprise (AWE) programme aims to address the gender imbalance in enterprise start-up, the service provision void for disadvantaged women, and the lack of capacity in the enterprise support ecosystem on both sides of the channel. Our focus is to support disadvantaged women into enterprise and to increase the sustainability of struggling early stage women-owned and led businesses.

Through AWE, via tailored and intensive new support and learning designed and co-created specifically for this audience, the woman and her enterprise will be developed in parallel. YTKO Group is delighted to be Lead Partner of the consortium of French and UK partners delivering this service.

YTKO CEO, Bev Hurley says “UK and France share a common challenge of gender inequality in enterprise, with women only owning 20% of UK businesses and 30% in France.  We will directly address these challenges by increasing the skills of socially and economically disadvantaged women and give them a chance to participate in the labour market.  Through the AWE project, we will engage a wide variety of stakeholders into an External Committee,, to help us disseminate the value and progress of the project as widely as possible.  YTKO is delighted to be leading this collaboration and working with our UK and French partners to deliver to different target groups

The programme results, learning content, research, mentor-bank and resources will all be brought together in a ‘Starter kit’ which will be freely available to any stakeholder or organisation that wants to improve its services to disadvantaged female entrepreneurs.

AWE is supported by the Interreg Programme, who are contributing €2,641,184.73 of European Regional Development Funds, and which aims to address economic and social issues in regions on either side of the Channel.

Our goals are to create 35 hours of new learning content, train 700 female entrepreneurs, recruit and train over 160 mentors, help 134 women to start new businesses, and carry out new research into women’s enterprise to help improve the business support infrastructure.

To find out more about the programme, please visit the AWE website.