AWE Making a Difference

Accelerating Women’s Enterprise (AWE) is a collaborative project, run by our teams in Dartington and Cornwall, to help women living in various regions either side of the English Channel increase their personal skills and develop their business ideas and knowledge.

The School for Social Entrepreneurs Dartington is supporting women with training workshops, face to face advice, mentoring and online learning, all developed specifically for women living in Devon and Somerset. For AWE programmes in Cornwall click here.

Through this collaborative, cross-border approach, we seek to improve the quality and effectiveness of support to socially or economically disadvantaged and under-represented groups and to address the gender imbalance in entrepreneurship.

The AWE project aims to:

  • create 35 hours of new learning content
  • train 700 women entrepreneurs
  • recruit and train more than 160 mentors
  • help 134 women to start new businesses
  • conduct new research on women’s entrepreneurship


“What have I learned from the AWE programme? So many different things ranging from how to develop my ideas, how to plan around them, how to market, how to use social media better, how to manage money better both personally and professionally, how to move things forward, where my weaknesses lie and lots more.”

The programme results, learning content, research, mentor-bank and resources will all be brought together in a Starter Kit, which will be freely available to any stakeholder or organisation seeking to improve its services to female entrepreneurs.

AWE is supported by the Interreg France (Channel) England Programme, which is contributing €2,641,184.73 of European Regional Development Funds and aims to address economic and social issues in regions on either side of the Channel.

Want to find out more?

For further info, visit the dedicated AWE website and sign up to the newsletter to stay up to date with the latest news. If you are local to the South West and interested in taking part in or supporting the project, please contact Kate at [email protected]

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