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WIPO Training and Mentoring Program for Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs

WIPO's new training and mentoring program aims to 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).

Twenty four women entrepreneurs have been selected from the hundreds of applicants who applied to participate in the Program. They include artisans, designers, performing artists, researchers, healers or small-scale farmers who are planning, or have already initiated, a project based on TK and/or TCEs, which includes an IP component.

Video: Presenting the WIPO Training and Mentoring Program

Program structure

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

Group photo of participants in and organizers of WIPO's new training and mentoring program
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Training phase

A practical workshop took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from November 11 to 15, 2019.

Throughout the week, the women learned about IP rights, and also business models, market access strategies and marketing of cultural heritage. They had the chance to present their projects and receive feedback from experts and their peers, culminating with a session on developing an IP strategy and project implementation.

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Mentoring phase

The mentoring phase has started and will continue throughout 2020. During this phase, participants are expected to implement their selected projects.

Mentors have been assigned to each participant to guide them through the process of implementation of the IP components of their projects.

Mentoring is principally taking place by email and phone.