The Asian Women Social Entrepreneurs Seminar, held from Wednesday, July. 30 to Friday, August 1, 2014, was intended for women seeking to solve social issues through business, including NGO executives who want to shift from a donation-based business model to a more sustainable one, as well as up-and-coming women social entrepreneurs.
The purpose of this seminar was to articulate the challenges and opportunities for women social entrepreneurship, harness the necessary resources, and create a network to empower these women leaders.
Twenty-six motivated women social entrepreneurs from the Mekong region participated in the seminar and resource persons shared their precious expertise. Over the two days of intensive invitation sessions, the following topics were discussed; “The Environment of Mekong countries”, “Mainstreaming Gender in Social Entrepreneur Fields”, “Creating the better Support System for Women Social Entrepreneur”, “Capacity Building”, and “Rethinking about the Business Model”. The last day was an open session and the participants, together with the observers, created an action plan for cross-border collaboration. It was great to see the sharing of expertise and collaboration among the participants of the seminar.