Vital Voices GROW Fellowship -Apply before March 15, 2014

Kindly be informed that BWF and through its partnership with Vital Voices is seeking to promote and recruit potential members to participate in the “MENA GROW Fellowship Program- 2014”. Grow Fellowship Program is a one year program to support growth-oriented women business owners to take their businesses and leadership to the next level.


Important note: In the application, Step 4 Question 19 asks, please select “Businesswomen’s Association” or “Other Business Organization” and specify Business Women Forum-Palestine. This will help in the selection since they will closely review qualified applicants that come through BWF. Also, please inform us formally if you are interested to apply in order to provide all the needed support. 


Vital Voices identifies high potential yet underserved women-owned small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that are on the cusp of growth as the “missing middle” in the global economy. Based on its experience with women business owners around the world, Vital Voices has launched the VV GROW Fellowship Program, a one-year competitive program to support growth-oriented women business owners to take their businesses and leadership to the next level. The program supports women-owned enterprises in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa to set and achieve business growth goals with a unique blend of online learning, in-person training, and tailored support services. Implemented at the regional level, the program is localized to ensure that the program is applicable to women business owners and the business environments in which they operate.


VV GROW Fellows will gain knowledge and skills in the following topics:

Business Planning
o Guides fellows in validating their business growth goals and developing a plan to achieve those goals. By the end of the workshop, participants will have an actionable 3-5 year plan for business growth.

Leadership Training
o Utilizes the Vital Voices Leadership Model to instill methods of building leadership skills to positively impact their business, employees and wider community.

Executive Financial Management
o Equips fellows with the skills and knowledge to analyze, manage, and supervise the finances of their business.

Networking for Business Professionals
o Guides fellows to create their personal brand and communication to promote their business and successfully utilize new connections.

Understanding Your Market
o Guides fellows in identifying key market opportunities such as expanding existing markets and accessing new ones.


The one-year program timeline consists of 4 components:

A competitive participant selection process and business needs assessment
Online preparatory sessions with Harvard Manage Mentor and Vital Voices advisors before the training, that guide fellows in drafting a business plan that they will refine throughout the training
An in-person regional training
An opportunity to access follow-on services such as technical advising, webinars featuring technical experts, business to business opportunities, and mentors.

Who Should Apply?

Vital Voices is seeking applications from women business owners from the Middle East and North Africa who:

§ Own a businesses that has been in operation for at least 3 years

§ Employ at least 3-5 staff (including temporary and/or seasonal workers)

§ Generate at least USD $40,000 in annual sales

§ Are proficient in English (written and oral)

As an interested applicant, they are:

§ Motivated and dedicated to building the skills and making the changes needed to grow their business;

§ Excited to participate in a one-year program that includes online and in-person training, as well as access to external business growth and networking opportunities; and

§ Recognize the value of willing to participate in the tracking the growth of their business for up to 3 years through monitoring and evaluation methods such as surveys, phone calls, and/or additional opportunities.

How to Apply?

Applicants can APPLY online at Upon receipt of the application, the applicant will receive a confirmation email from Vital Voices.


Applications are due Saturday, March 15th, 2014.



§ This application should take approximately one (1) hour to complete; however, applicants can save their answers and return to the application at any time.

§ Applicants’ personal and business information will remain confidential. Individual responses are only seen by Vital Voices staff and VV GROW Trainers. Individual responses will be used solely for program participant selection, program tailoring, and monitoring and evaluation.

§ If selected for the program, please note that acceptance is NON-TRANSFERABLE. Successful applicants selected to participate in the program may not transfer their acceptance to another individual.

Who to Contact for Questions?

If you encounter questions or problems with the application, please contact Liz Ramey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


For more information about VV GROW, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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