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Delivered by Thunderbird School of Global Management, WEAmericas Accelerator is an innovative, three-year U.S. Department of State Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs program designed to drive the advancement of women-owned businesses in Central America.
Through the WEAmericas Accelerator program, Thunderbird will bring together three cohorts of promising women entrepreneurs for an intensive, interactive business training program that features:
Face-to-face business and management courses designed by Thunderbird’s world-renowned faculty and delivered in Spanish
Professional mentoring by local Central American business owners and former WEAmericas alumnae
Site visits to regional businesses for observation, networking and idea sharing
Financial stipends to pursue local networking and training that will provide opportunities to expand into new markets
A capstone event linking entrepreneurs and capital, including the opportunity to present to potential investors
WEAmericas targets women throughout Central America, including Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama whose entrepreneurial efforts show the most opportunity for personal, social and cultural impact.
The WEAmericas Accelerator Program is part of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs’ Women’s Entrepreneurship in the Americas (WEAmericas) initiative. The broader parent program is dedicated to supporting businesswomen in the Western Hemisphere by:
“The key to my success was that I put into practice everything I learned; this has made the difference in my small business.”
Flora Ortiz, Owner, Delicias del Norte and Thunderbird WEAmericas alumna