Connect to Success (C2S)
Connect to Success (C2S) is a program which aims to strengthen the Portuguese economy by supporting the growth and development of women owned businesses (WOBs). The initiative has three main components: Corporate Mentoring Program; MBA Masters Consulting Program and workshops. The Corporate Mentoring Program is designed to provide participating WOBs with valuable insight to assist them in strengthening and accelerating the growth of their enterprises. The project has a duration of one year and matches WOBs with a team of corporate mentors, made up of executives with varied skill sets.. The MBA/Masters Business Consulting initiative offers WOBs an opportunity to have a specific business challenge addressed by teams of MBA and Masters students from Portuguese Universities over the duration of a semester. The program is also designed for the students who apply their newly acquired business and consulting skills to real projects, gaining practical experience and insight. The practical skill building workshops focus on developing the tangible business skills necessary for WOBs to run a successful business. Subjects are wide-ranging and include topics such as marketing and social media, leadership training, competitive intelligence, basic accounting and operational management. In order to be able to apply to these components, a business must be at least 50% women owned.
C2S was launching in April 2014 and currently has over 800 registered women participating. For more information about the program and partners, please visit www.connect2success.org.