The next WE Talks is in collaboration with the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs

What Works in Remote Training and Mentoring for Women Entrepreneurs


When: Tuesday, June 2, 2020 | 09:00-10:15AM EDT / 1:00-2:15PM GMT
Where: WebEx Webinar


All over the world, we are seeing the massive impact the coronavirus crisis is having on small and medium-sized businesses, with women-led SMEs (WSMEs) among the hardest hit. In the current economic turmoil created by the COVID-19 pandemic, there is an increased need by women entrepreneurs for practical support to help pivot their business models and new types of knowledge regarding supply disruption, remote work, a massive change in cash flow, as well as digital marketing, e-commerce, digital payment systems and web-based logistics.

With physical incubation centers, accelerators and network meetings inaccessible for months to come, what can be new tools to sustain learning, mentoring and provide meaningful connections? What are the most effective ways to leverage existing platforms, mentor or angel investor networks to transfer knowledge, build contacts and gauge business opportunities?

This online discussion is the third WE Talks, a series of webinars to share real-time experiences and best practices for supporting women entrepreneurs during the COVID-19 crisis.


On June 2nd, We-Fi and ANDE are joining forces to discuss how to support WSMEs with remote training and mentoring activities to help them survive the coronavirus crisis. This webinar is intended for representatives of multilateral and donor organizations, private sector, NGOs, and development finance institutions and provides insights from organizations implementing concrete solutions for women during this time of crisis.

Experts will explore:

  • What type of knowledge and training is most requested now by women entrepreneurs? What are the most effective methods to deliver such knowledge?
  • Are remote learning methodologies available in emerging markets that could help women entrepreneurs’ transition to more COVID-resilient business models?
  • How to keep investors and mentors engaged in remote networking and learning models?
  • Overall, how to ensure that non-financial support programs in response to COVID-19 make their way to women entrepreneurs?


Host & Co-Moderator:

Wendy Teleki, Head of the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) Secretariat, World Bank Group


Rebecca Fries, Managing Director, Value for Women Ltd


Anita Ramachandran, Executive Director at MicroMentor at Mercy Corps


Anna Wilson, Principal, SME Finance & Development Group, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development