Global Girls Entrepreneurship Project
The risk of falling into poverty is greater for women, driven by the absence of economic opportunities, lack of access to economic resources and financial products, and lack of access to education and support services. MasterCard believes entrepreneurship is an on-ramp to inclusion in formal financial systems and supports entrepreneurship education for several at-risk populations, especially women and girls.
MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth has partnered with NFTE and the Coca Cola Foundation to launch a new initiative called The Global Girls Entrepreneurship Project. It offers programs specifically designed for young women in high school, providing access to strong female role models that help girls envision their future and pursue their talents after high school. This initiative will be implemented in five U.S. markets during 2014-2015 and will expand internationally in the following years.
The high school girls will collaborate with female entrepreneurs and corporate leaders in experiential learning to:
- Spur innovation
- Develop the entrepreneurial mindset
- Teach business and leadership skills
- Expose them to technology and STEM careers, and
- Explore the unique aspects of being a woman business owner/leader.