• More than 300 women SME owners successfully trained.
  • Employment and income generated for over 2,000 people.
  • EUR 1 million invested in the participants’ enterprises.
  • 20 international business relationships created.


Our local partners were ZimTrade and the Netherlands Embassy. ZimTrade incorporated our participants in their regular activities thereby increasing their international reach. Aura factor organized the mentorship program.

'The Brilliant Entrepreneur program resulted in more visibility for the women entrepreneurs as well as for our organisations' - Gera Sneller, Netherlands Ambassador Harare


We trained a group of women from Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia. The Dutch embassies in these three countries were involved. Logistics were taken care of by the Macedonian Women Rights Centre and the Macedonian Mentoring Network coordinated the mentorship program.


We are forever grateful to the Netherlands Embassy in Kampala for giving us the opportunity to pilot our program in Uganda and prove that our concept is working. The Uganda Investment Authority was our valued partner. The group of participants is still very close as a network and they continue to grow.



As a follow up to the Balkan program we organized a seminar in Tirana that attracted over 60 women entrepreneurs from all over Albania. Our local partner was the Gender Alliance for Development Center.

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Together with the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) and the Netherlands Export Combination (NEC) we organized trainings, network meetings and business visits for a group of women entrepreneurs who were invited by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

‘This was the most successful business mission we ever had’ – BPWA, organizing the mission from Jordan
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MENA region

Assigned by RVO we provided a one day training to a group of female entrepreneurs from mixed MENA countries and a two day training to a group of female leaders. On another occasion we trained a group of women entrepreneurs from Palestine.