Project-Based Training and Mentoring Program on IP for Women Entrepreneurs from Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities

WIPO is launching a new training and mentoring program aimed at strengthening the capacity of women entrepreneurs from indigenous peoples and local communities to make strategic and effective use of intellectual property (IP) rights, in support of projects based on traditional knowledge (TK) and traditional cultural expressions (TCEs).

The Program is open to up to 20 women entrepreneurs – such as artisans, designers, traditional musicians and dancers, researchers, healers or small-scale farmers – who are planning or have already initiated a project based on TK and/or TCEs and that includes an IP component.

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Program structure

The Program has a practical approach and consists of two phases:

Training phase

The training phase will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, from November 11 to 15, 2019. Participants will:

  • acquire basic knowledge of the main principles, systems and tools of the IP system as they relate to TK and TCEs;
  • share and learn from each other’s experiences and meet potential partners that can provide support with the implementation of their projects;
  • further develop and implement TK or TCEs-based projects that have an IP component.

Mentoring phase

The mentoring phase will take place in 2020. During this phase, participants are expected to implement the project they have selected.

Mentors will be assigned to guide the implementation of the IP components of the projects.

Mentoring will principally take place through email and phone. 


Participation requirements

Participants are strongly encouraged to take the WIPO Primer on IP (DL-001) – a three-hour distance learning course offered free of charge by the WIPO Academy – or the WIPO General Course on IP (DL-101) prior to the training phase.

Language requirements

Candidates should be able to effectively communicate in English, French, Spanish or Russian.  Simultaneous interpretation will be provided from and into these languages during the Geneva-based Workshop.

Application process

Please send us your completed application form by August 30, 2019. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.

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Successful candidates will be contacted by e-mail.

WIPO will cover the costs of the Geneva-based training but will not provide financial support towards implementation of the participants’ projects.

For all enquiries, please contact us.

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