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  The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN), is inviting women entrepreneurs from across the world to apply for a place in its Training, Mentoring, and Matchmaking Program. It’s especially interested in entries from entrepreneurs working among indigenous people and local communities.
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The WIPO Training, Mentorship, and Matchmaking Program is designed to equip businesses with knowledge of intellectual property—how to relate with and take advantage of it in a contemporary commercial environment. It will begin with a training phase which will be a practical workshop that combines short presentations, group work, and case studies. This will take place from September 18-22, 2023, at the WIPO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. It will be followed by a mentoring and matchmaking phase slated for 2024.


Entrepreneurs who take part in this program will benefit from it in the following ways:
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  • Gain knowledge of intellectual property and how a proper relationship with it could bode well for their business
  • Engage with other women entrepreneurs from across the world and learn valuable lessons from shared experiences
  • Be mentored in ways that allow them to leverage their learning to improve a lot of their business
Eligibility This program is open to businesses and business owners that meet the following criteria:
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  • Be a woman entrepreneur from indigenous peoples or a local community
  • Maybe an artisan, performing artist, designer, researcher, or small-scale farmer working based on traditional knowledge or cultural expression
  • The enterprise should have an intellectual property component
The deadline for applications is April 21, 2023. If you would like to apply for the WIPO Training, Mentoring, and Matchmaking Program, you can do so HERE. Featured Image Source: Business Trumpet News
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This article was first published on 7th April 2023


Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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