Developing Entrepreneurial Women

The Developing Entrepreneurial Women Programme is a fully-funded series of masterclasses and events delivered by the University of South Wales in partnership with NatWest Cymru.

Our 2022 programme has been designed for women who are at the early stages of taking action on their freelance or business start-up idea! It will consist of a blend of expert-led masterclasses, invaluable networking opportunities as well as providing opportunities for access to fully-funded business coaching and CPD. 

This programme is available to those who identify as female and are based in Wales. Masterclasses will be delivered online, with optional standalone events and networking taking place in-person throughout the programme. No formal qualifications or experience is required, but you must have a business idea you'd value support in growing. Registration for the 2022/23 programme is now open.

Our expert-led masterclasses will provide practical 'how-tos' and tools to help grow your freelance or business. You will learn from successful female founders and gain support to tackle common barriers experienced by women in business. Find out more and book each individual masterclass below.

Part 1 (Basics)

Date Topic(s) Speaker(s)
16th November, 10:00 - 12:00 Finding Your Why Helen Corsi-Cadmore
Shaping Your Business Idea Helen Corsi-Cadmore
23rd November, 10:00 - 12:00 Understanding Your Customer Ricke Williams, NatWest
How to Create and Plan Content for Social Media Lucy Hall, Avviso Media
30th November, 10:00 - 12:00 Funding & Finances Eve Goldsbury, Business Wles
Legal Essentials for Starting a Business Emily Shingler, Darwin Gray LLP
7th December, 10:00 - 12:00 Perfecting Your Pitch! Gemma Casey, NatWest
Costing and Pricing for Profit Melanie Phipps, Business Wales & Tillie Page, USW
14th December, 10:00 - 12:00 Social Media Tactics & Maintaining Inspiration Lucy Hall, Avviso Media
Maintaining Inspiration, Taking Action & Next Steps Helen Corsi-Cadmore

Part 2 (Growth)

Date Topic(s) Speaker(s)
1st February, 10:00 - 12:00 DIY Website Design (Wordpress) Lisa Rees
8th February, 10:00 - 12:00 Canva Tutorial for DIY Social Assets Rebecca Youngs
15th February, 10:00 - 12:00 Systems and Tools to Keep Your Business Running Smoothly Lora Payne
1st March, 10:00 - 12:00 Marketing - Measuring What Works
8th March, 10:00 - 12:00 The Power of Networks
Next Steps for You and Your Business

Support from fellow founders who have walked-the-walk and can share learnings from their experience is a key enabler for ensuring the success of your start-up!

We’ve teamed up with our partners at Welsh ICE to provide a series of in-person networking opportunities throughout the Developing Entrepreneurial Women Programme, with sessions being held across Newport, Cardiff, and Caerphilly at regular intervals.

Sessions will be informal, relaxed and facilitated by the Welsh ICE team with a different focus for discussion each time. Join us and find your tribe on the following dates:

  • 13th December, Welsh ICE Caerphilly
  • 17th January, USW Exchange Newport
  • 21st February, USW Exchange Pontypridd
  • 21st March, Welsh ICE Caerphilly
  • 18th April, USW Exchange Newport
  • 16th May, USW Exchange Pontypridd

The Developing Entrepreneurial Women Programme is made possible thanks to funding from NatWest’s Rose Review. The Rose Review was an in-depth look at the barriers female founders face when launching a new business.

To help tackle such barriers, a limited number of places will be made available to access enhanced coaching and development support*.

This package of support includes small-group business coaching, designed to support you to stay motivated, take action & create accountability in moving forward your business idea, as well as interactive professional development sessions covering a range of topics to help you develop confidence, resilience and unleash your potential.

*Applications for enhanced coaching and development sessions will open in December and will be open to businesses considered pre-start i.e. have yet to turnover £1,000 or more. 

The Developing Entrepreneurial Women Programme has supported many female founders on their start-up journey. From gaining financial and legal know-how, to developing a marketing strategy, the women on our programme have not only received technical knowledge, they have also benefited from a supportive community of female founders. Here we have showcased some of the thriving business ventures, and the inspiring women behind them.

Brought to you by USW Exchange and NatWest Cymru 

Women have fundamentally different experiences to men in business. Research shows that women who start and grow a business face more barriers around access to finance, disproportionate caring responsibilities, and different levels of access to networks.

Join host Gemma Casey as she brings you the stories of brilliant female founders of Welsh businesses who have faced all of these challenges - and more. Inspiring Women Wales tells stories you can relate to, stories to inspire you and give you the confidence to move forward with your business dreams. Listen on Apple or Spotify - and don't forget to subscribe!

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