WIPO Training and Mentoring Program

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.

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Program structure

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

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.

Group photo of participants in and organizers of WIPO's new training and mentoring program
Participants in, and organizers of, WIPO's Practical Workshop on IP for Women Entrepreneurs from Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities. (Photo: WIPO/Berrod) [More photos on Flickr]

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.