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IBM joins with diversity group to help women entrepreneurs in developing countries

Antony Savvas

IBM has joined forces with a pro-diversity organisation to increase the number of women entrepreneurs in developing countries.

It is working with the Trestle Group Foundation in a joint pilot programme to provide direct support to women in developing countries.

Based on the foundation’s Empowering Women Entrepreneurs Partnership Programme, the pilot initiative will identify qualified women entrepreneurs in developing countries and directly connect them with local IBM professionals.

The IBM staff will help them build the networks, business strategies and practices needed to help create new opportunities, fulfil their potential and achieve long-term success, said IBM.

“Partnering with the Trestle Group Foundation to empower women entrepreneurs in developing countries is another example of IBM’s innovative approach to promoting diversity in business”, said Caroline Houdent, IBM EMEA manager for workforce diversity.

“With the right support, these women can be important drivers of both social and economic change. There is much we can learn from their experience,” she said.

Dana Smith, managing director of the Trestle Group Foundation, said, “Our mission is to empower entrepreneurs in developing countries by directly connecting them with established business professionals, who provide knowledge, experience, networks and resources. This hands-on support creates and expands sustainable opportunities, fulfilling potential and ensuring success.

“We believe entrepreneurship fuels the engine that drives economic and social change,” she said.

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