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Advancing Women and Youth Entrepreneurship

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Global Innovation Lab is pleased to present the Advancing Women and Youth Entrepreneurship program in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy, Tokyo. This initiative is designed to help women and youth entrepreneurs gain the skills, knowledge and network to scale their businesses.

Program Details

With an engaging curriculum that combines immersive in-person learning with self-paced training and virtual workshops, participants will learn the essential building blocks of creating a successful business venture and how to craft unique business models to bring new products and services to market.

  • Master strategies and methodologies employed by successful startups
  • Develop tactics to effectively assess business opportunities
  • Expand your knowledge of intellectual property protection
  • Learn how to create a commercialization plan to effectively position your company for market entry
  • Build an extensive global network

The program will take place from January through September 2021, and will include the Innovation Readiness® Series, our online self-paced entrepreneur training, web-enabled sessions and in-person workshops. A stipend will be provided to offset travel costs associated with workshops held in Japan. Other opportunities may include traveling to Austin, Texas, named the No. 1 place to start a business in 2020 by Inc. magazine, and qualifying for mentorship by experienced commercialization professionals.

Application Information

Applications are now closed.

About UT Austin and the Global Innovation Lab

The University of Texas at Austin, founded in 1883, ranks among the 40 best universities in the world. It supports some 51,000 diverse students with top national programs across 18 colleges and schools. And as Texas’ leading research university, UT attracts more than $650 million annually for discovery.

The UT Austin Global Innovation Lab (GIL) partners with governments, universities and industries to train and support entrepreneurs in their communities to overcome local challenges, create jobs and drive sustainable economic development. Leveraging the principles that have made Austin a globally-recognized center of innovation, GIL takes its best practices into the global marketplace to identify, develop and commercialize high-potential, innovative solutions for societal challenges to drive sustainable job and wealth creation. Since 2000, GIL has carried out high-quality training programs in 44 countries resulting in the creation of 15,000 new jobs and the generation of $1.5 billion in global economic impact.