Women entrepreneurs set for Netherlands

Business Editor
Twenty local women entrepreneurs will be participating in the Brilliant Entrepreneur (BE) Programme to be held from February 11-16 2016 in the Netherlands.

The programme, which builds on women’s individual talents and offers intensive training, matchmaking as well as technical support in business innovation, will be conducted by the Brilliant Entrepreneur Programme (BEP) in collaboration with ZimTrade, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (EKN) in Harare and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO).

The aim is to create business linkages for women entrepreneurs, thereby opening doors to new ideas, innovations and markets, among others.

Participants have been drawn from various sectors such as agriculture and processed foods, horticulture, fashion and design as well as service.

ZimTrade chief executive Ms Sithembile Priscilla Pilime, commended the embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Harare and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency for affording Zimbabwe such an opportunity.

“We welcome these synergies as they will assist to unlock our potential, she said.

“The programme enhances entrepreneurial skills in moulding businesses into innovative, socially responsible, sustainable and profitable enterprises.

“We, therefore, challenge our women entrepreneurs to fully utilise this opportunity and tap into the expertise at their disposal,” added Ms Pilime.

According to the programme co-ordinators, the development of women entrepreneurs is crucial for healthy economic and social development. Currently, women entrepreneurs from Macedonia, Kosovo and Albania are benefiting from the same programme.

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