Empow'Her Fellowship

Recognize, connect and support women social entrepreneurs around the globe who are on a mission to change the world!

Over the past 10 years, Empow’Her has been growing as a key actor in supporting women changemakers in West Africa and Europe, both in the start-up and scale-up phases.

To leverage on our expertise and sustain our support for women with impactful projects, we launched the Empow’Her Fellowship, an initiative to recognize, connect and support women social entrepreneurs around the globe who are on a mission to change the world!


Joining the Empow’Her Fellowship means becoming part of a collective of women who are advocating for a more inclusive, feminist and sustainable world, and leaning on Empow’Her’s expertise and network to make it happen.


Women social entrepreneurs supported by Empow’Her in more than 12 countries since 2017

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Social entrepreneurship experts and mentors worldwide, engaged in Empow’Her’s network


Continents covered by the Empow’Her Fellowship: Africa and Europe

Who are the Empow’Her Fellowship members?

The Empow’Her Fellowship gathers the women changemakers who are on a life-mission to create a more inclusive, feminist and sustainable world through their organizations (all types of legal structures are eligible).

After having developed and structured their project, they are now looking for:

Receive expertise to hack their daily bugs

Facing daily challenges without the right tools or expertise to overcome them internally, they are ready to build their team’s capacity on new topics.


Scale-up and sustain their action

Leading an already structured and growing project, wanting to scale-up at a broader scale and consolidate their action to become a sustainable part of the social entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Join a collective and feminist movement

Ready to dive into a collective movement to create a more inclusive, feminist and sustainable world.

To be part of the Empow’Her Fellowship, what does it mean?

Once selected to join the Empow’Her Fellowship, women changemakers become members for the length of their entrepreneurial journey,and are supported to:


Grow as a leader

Each new member receives 6 months of tailored coaching to address their burning challenge of the moment, identified through an in-depth diagnosis. Members also benefit from a program of online and occasional offline soft-skills training and a set of peer-to-peer support methodologies.


Scale-up and sustain your impact

Each new member and their team will have access to a program of online training hosted by international experts on specific and technical topics identified during the diagnosic phases. They will also benefit from Empow’Her’s expertise and network to have access to business opportunities and prepare their applications for funding.


Build new alliances

As a key player in the social entrepreneurship ecosystem, Empow’Her offers its members access to its international network of experts, partners and events. Moreover, the Empow’Her Fellowship is above all a community of women changemakers, joining forces to create a more inclusive, feminist and sustainable world. Joining it is owning it!

How can I join?

The Empow’Her Fellowship brings together women changemakers from Africa and Europe. There are regular calls for applications with a focus on specific countries.

Are you based in France, Germany, Spain or Italy and ready to join? A call for applications is currently open until 14 May, apply now!

If you would like to know more about the current call for applications, a Q&A session will be held online and in English on 26 April, from 12:30PM to 1:30PM CET: sign up here!

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They were supported by Empow'Her

"This experience was really about empowerment and knowing who I am"
Sonia is the founder and president of Pista Magica, an NGO based in Portugal that offers a volunteer school and training content to bring out a new generation of volunteers, able to concretely accompany associations that fight against inequalities in the world.
Sonia Fernandes, 2020 - Europe
"A welcoming community, excellent peer coaching, and skill enhancement on various levels – that’s what I found when joining Women’Act"
Anna is the founder and CEO of Zubaka, a German social company whose mission is to ensure access to education for all, especially for immigrant children and adolescents. To this end, Zubaka provides tools, resources and training for students in the field of education to facilitate educational activities.
Anna Meister, 2020 - Europe
"I will be able to put the knowledge I have received into practice in the service of my cooperative and my scaling up".
Caroline is the founder of the Union of Ragussi Cooperative Societies. It markets cosmetic products based on shea butter in Burkina Faso, produced 100% by women from an organic shea tree farm.
Caroline Ouegraogo, 2021 - Africa
"Thank you for these invaluable sessions"
Coumba is the founder of BY'RECYCL, a young company that recycles waste, particularly used tyres. She wants to be an actor for the sanitation of Mali and for the sensitization and the change of behaviour for the protection and the safeguard of our environment.
Coumba Diakhite, 2021 - Africa
"I think today that nothing can destabilise me"
Marie-Ange founded the agri-food company Ti naturel in 2017 which transforms local vegetables into African sauce concentrate and dehydrated sauces. Through this social company, Marie Ange promotes African cuisine and employs people who are far from employment. She is now looking to expand its market in Côte d'Ivoire to continue working for food safety. She actively supports female entrepreneurship as a board member of Empow'Her Côte d'Ivoire.
Marie-Ange Kouassi, 2020 - Africa
"This programme was a great help to me"
Samsia is the founder of Elite Plus Lab, an inclusive and supportive factory that offers free training in digital professions and entrepreneurship. One of its objectives is to enable young people to find a job quickly or to launch their own activities thanks to an immersion in the business world: sponsorship of the promotion by a company, professional meetings, mentoring, simulated interviews, etc.
Guissa Islamane Samsia, 2020 - Africa
"The Women'Act programme has completely opened my eyes to the entrepreneurial world"
Farida is the promoter of Fara's, an innovative project specialising in the recycling of agricultural, household and industrial waste and whose objective is to provide a sustainable alternative to global warming and therefore contribute to environmental protection.
Faridatou SEYDOU, 2020 - Africa

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