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Join the Elske Doets Young Lady Business Academy 5.0

Lots of women share the experience of yearning for a job or career in which they can reach their full potential. For a place where they will see how driven you are, acknowledge it and maybe even celebrate your ambition. What we as women sadly also share: that the people that surround you deem your dreams as too ambitious. They emphasis that above all you should ‘act normal’. To blow away the negativity around your ambitions, Elske Doets founded the ‘Young Lady Business Academy’.

Surrounded by role models

How would you like to be surrounded by inspiring role models and be on a week long challenge to take the limelight with your guts and your talent? To find yourself taking bigger leaps in your development by the day, bigger than you would at your regular school in a year? In a short amount of time the Elske Doets Young Lady Business Academy has proven that we can help young women over the threshold of admitting that you want to go for the top and follow your passion without hesitation. That is why this non-profit Academy has grown explosively, so much that  the Erasmus Center for Entrepreneurship has added this program to its curriculum. Queen Máxima, prime minister Mark Rutte and Forbes power woman Neelie Kroes recognized the potential and need for this program early on and added valued contributions to the previous editions of the Academy.

Expect presentations from top women and winners of previous editions of the Young Lady Business Academy. The final schedule of the Young Lady Business Academy 4.0 can be found here.

We’ll arrange it with your school

Are you a young woman aged between 15 and 24? Do you want to take that giant leap towards your dream career? Do you dare to say aloud that you want to be an entrepreneur, CEO or minister? Sign up for the 5th Academy, from July 22 – 26 at the Erasmus Center for Entrepreneurship in Rotterdam. We’ll arrange permission from your school. You can sign up until 17 May.

This is what you can win

The participants of the Academy compete for a unique 3 month traineeship in the United States, curated in partnership with The Netherland-America Foundation. On top of that, there is a Get Started scholarship available from the Erasmus Center for Entrepreneurship, as well as a special fund from the Hogeschool Utrecht. The latter goes to the contestant who is most promising and innovative in taking over the family business. For the top participant with the ambition to become a high government official like a minister, is a place reserved at the intensive introductory path at the ministry of Foreign Affairs. There will be plenty of networking and the opportunity to experience the political game from the inside.

#Are you still in doubt or not daring?

Want to sign up? This is how you do it:

  1. Send us your personal cover letter and resume.
    Describe your professional dream in between 300 and 500 words. This can be anything; from (innovative) entrepreneur or CEO at a start-up or large company in The Netherlands or elsewhere in the world, to becoming a minister. Dream and think big! Present yourself and your professional dream by means of a short personal video clip (vlog). Registration for the 5th edition of the Elske Doets Young Lady Business Academy is possible until 17 May 2020.
  2. The best entries/candidates will be invited to give a 3-minute pitch to Elske Doets. This pitch will be given at the office of Jan Doets America Tours in Heerhugowaard. The pitches will take place on 28 may and 10 June 2019.
  3. The Young Lady with the best business case wins a 3 month internship in America, made possible by the Netherlands America Foundation and Elske Doets. Read Pauline’s blog, winner of Young Lady Business Academy 3.0, and Elske’s blog about the winner’s journey.

Grab the ultimate opportunity to pursue your dream

Are you curious what the exciting Academy week looks like? This compilation video gives you a good picture:

We are looking forward to many applications with big and inspiring professional dreams! Good luck to you all!

Elske Doets Young Lady Business Academy

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