Elevator to Run Free Courses for Women in Business

A new programme has been launched in Angus to empower women to turn their passion or idea into a business.

Run by Elevator, a social enterprise which supports entrepreneurship and employability across Scotland, E3f is a free six-week initiative for women with business ideas at any stage.

E3f will offer participants interactive workshops and the chance to connect with like-minded women, sharing experiences and building connections.

Beyond the six-week course, a digital platform will be available for support and further resources.

The programme will be delivered by Lucy Steading, Cat Ward and Blessing Shamaki, who all have backgrounds in business development and mentoring.

It is funded by the Scottish Government through the Pathways Fund.

Elevator CEO Professor Gary McEwan said: “We are thrilled to launch the E3f programme, an initiative that reflects Elevator’s commitment to fostering entrepreneurship and empowering women across diverse communities in Scotland.

“Our goal is to provide a transformative experience for women who aspire to reach their full business potential.

“The E3f programme not only breaks down barriers but also creates a dynamic space where women can connect, share experiences and build lasting connections.

“At Elevator, we believe that every woman, regardless of her background, deserves the opportunity to turn her passion into a flourishing business.”

Elevator strengthening communities director, Rachel Ross, said: This programme is specifically designed to offer tailored support to women in three regions across Scotland, addressing the diverse needs of individuals in rural areas, those representing different facets of diversity, and those facing socio-economic challenges.

“We understand the unique hurdles that female entrepreneurs often encounter, and E3f aims to be a catalyst for positive change.

“By producing a platform for women to explore their potential, connect with like-minded individuals, and receive practical skills through interactive workshops, we are breaking down barriers and fostering an environment where women can thrive in their entrepreneurial journey.”

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