Women empowered to hit full business potential through new Elevator programme

Left to Right: Elevator Programmes Manager Cat Ward and Elevator Strengthening Communities Director Rachel Ross.

WOMEN across Scotland are being empowered to turn their passion or idea into a burgeoning business with the launch of a new programme.    

Run by Elevator, a social enterprise which supports entrepreneurship and employability across Scotland, E3f is a free six-week initiative dedicated to help women dream big and turn their aspirations into a reality.   

Funded by the Scottish Government through their Pathways Fund, E3f will offer participants the chance to connect with a community of like-minded women, sharing experiences and building lasting connections.     

The ‘Entrepreneurial Ecosystem’ model will run in three areas – in South Glasgow, Angus and Moray.    

The unique community outreach project provides tailored support to women in diverse areas, be it in rural areas, representing diversity or facing socio-economic challenges.    

It is aimed at women who want to explore their potential and embark on a transformative journey.    

Whether you already have a solid business idea, want to start a business but have no firm focus, or just want to grow business ownership skills, E3f can help.    

Interactive workshops will help participants enhance skills, boost confidence and equip them for success. From idea generation to practical sessions, the programme will propel them to success and self-discovery.    

A digital platform offering ongoing support beyond the six weeks helps nurture and consolidate connections, access resources and continue the journey with the support of the E3f community.    

The programmes will be delivered by Lucy Steading, Cat Ward and Blessing Shamaki, who all have acclaimed backgrounds in business development and mentoring.  

Elevator CEO, Professor Gary McEwan, said: “We are thrilled to launch the E3f programme, an initiative that reflects Elevator’s commitment to fostering entrepreneurship and empowering women across diverse communities in Scotland.  

“Our goal is to provide a transformative experience for women who aspire to reach their full business potential. The E3f programme not only breaks down barriers but also creates a dynamic space where women can connect, share experiences, and build lasting connections. At Elevator, we believe that every woman, regardless of her background, deserves the opportunity to turn her passion into a flourishing business.” 
Elevator Strengthening Communities Director, Rachel Ross, said: “This programme is specifically designed to offer tailored support to women in three regions across Scotland, addressing the diverse needs of individuals in rural areas, those representing different facets of diversity, and those facing socio-economic challenges.  

“We understand the unique hurdles that female entrepreneurs often encounter, and E3f aims to be a catalyst for positive change. By providing a platform for women to explore their potential, connect with like-minded individuals, and receive practical skills through interactive workshops, we are breaking down barriers and fostering an environment where women can thrive in their entrepreneurial journey.” 

To register your interest in E3f, which begins later this month, go to: https://www.elevatoruk.com/accelerators/e3f/apply/

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