- On May 31, PAS Santiago launched Chile’s Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) pilot with implementing partner Mujeres del Pacifico (Women of the Pacific) and representatives from DreamBuilder, Freeport McMoRan, and program host Northern Catholic University of Coquimbo. Our partners selected 35 applicants, five over what they proposed in the grant, from over 200 competitive applications received. The 10 graduates with 100% attendance and the best business proposals will receive seed funding of up to $1,400.
- Their graduation in early October 2019 will coincide with the timing and location of APEC’s Women in the Economy Forum. This is the first time an APEC host has made women’s economic empowerment a pillar of the forum.
- Building on AWE’s momentum, DreamBuilder Chile, the Embassy, Freeport McMoRan, and the Chilean Ministry of Women will soon announce a plan to bring similar DreamBuilder programs to women entrepreneurs in all 16 regions of the country.
After a brief launching ceremony, the 35 enthusiastic women entrepreneurs began their classes with one of the most scenic backdrops in the region, nicknamed Hawaii for the view of the ocean.