WEE Sector Workshops for Women Entrepreneurs on WEE Grants Conclude
Around 200 women entrepreneurs participated in two webinars aiming to help them to better assess and understand the suitable solutions for a more efficient use of energy in their day to day business practise.
Starting at 10AM, the first webinar this Monday was dedicated to women entrepreneurs interested in investments ranging from €10,000 and up to €135,000. This Grant Component is called SMART and it invites women entrepreneurs who own at least 51% of their businesses, with at least 5 employees, and which have been in business for at least 2 years.
The afternoon webinar was dedicated to provide information to women entrepreneurs interested in grants up to to €10,000. Called the ADVANCED Component, this grant is designed to help individual women entrepreneurs, without any restriction on the number of employees, which have been in business for at least 1 year.
In the opening remarks by MCC’s Country Director Sarah Olmstead and MFK’s CEO Petrit Selimi, the latter stated: MFK aims to both increase participation of women in the energy sector but also help women-owned businesses to meet their energy demands.
Janna Fortmann, the WEE Leading Specialist, expressed her excitement for the great interest that women in Kosovo have shown for the WEE Program. ‘It was wonderful to meet all the inspired women business owners during our information workshops today. The variety of businesses owned by women in Kosovo is great and the motivation of these women is amazing. I truly look forward to receiving their grant applications’ – Ms. Fortmann added.
Following the generic webinar, sector workshops took place from Tuesday to Saturday, where women entrepreneurs from different business sectors had the opportunity to clarify any uncertainties with regards to investment ideas and application process for WEE grants.
Through these grants, women entrepreneurs can invest in their businesses to upgrade various energy consuming equipment, which will enable them a more efficient use of energy, while using their savings in energy costs to grow their businesses.
The applications for both grant components are open until January 31.