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Implemented by ASU Thunderbird School of Global Management, the WEAmericas Accelerator was an intensive, interactive business training program that empowered women entrepreneurs and advanced women-owned businesses in Central America. 

With funding from the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Western Hemisphere affairs, ASU-Thunderbird worked with three cohorts of 27 women in Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama — providing intensive training and advising to women-owned businesses and connecting them to potential investors upon successful completion of the accelerator project. The project supported the development of a more equitable business environment in Central America, promoted gender equality for women entrepreneurs and helped to encourage their success through mentorship and access to markets, capital and global networks.

Work area: GenderLatin America and the Caribbean

Region: Latin America and the Caribbean

Award amount: $2.3 million

Date: 2016-2019

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