Ernst Young Partners with US State Department in Support of Women Entrepreneurs

In early October, USCIB member Ernst & Young partnered with the Bureau of Information Resource Management’s Office of eDiplomacy at the U.S. Department of State for the Woman’s Entrepreneurship in the Americas Initiative. This public-private partnership will benefit women entrepreneurs in Colombia, El Salvador, Bolivia and Argentina.

The State Department announced the partnership on October 3:

On Thursday, October 2, the U.S. Department of State announced a new partnership between Ernst & Young (EY), a multinational professional services firm headquartered in London, and the Bureau of Information Resource Management’s Office of eDiplomacy at the Department of State. The partnership was sealed by signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) outlining a public-private partnership that will directly benefit women entrepreneurs in four Latin American countries as part of the Women’s Entrepreneurship in the Americas Initiative (WEAmericas).

Under this new partnership, EY will contribute to the long-term impact of four interactive technology workshops called “TechCamps” which the Department will conduct over the next six months. The Bureau of Information Resource Management will manage the WEAmericas TechCamps in partnership with the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs (WHA), the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, and U.S. embassies in Colombia, El Salvador, Bolivia, and Argentina. These workshops will enable women entrepreneurs in those countries to make better use of technology to grow their businesses. EY-affiliated firms in each of the four countries will provide up to six months of business advice and mentorship to an entrepreneur selected from among the participants in each of the four events.

Read the full State Department media note.

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