Accelerate your way to the top!

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 schedule of the Young Lady Business Academy 5.0 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 May 31st.

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, resume and photo
    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 31st of May 2020.
  2. The best entries/candidates will be invited to give a 5-minute Zoom / Skype pitch to Elske Doets and a judge. After the digital pitch we will ask questions and chat for about 10 minutes. The pitches will take place on June 4th and 11th of June 2020.
  3. The best ‘Young Ladies’ will be invited to follow Young Lady Business Academy 5.0, wich is one week long. (Participation is free) Coming from far? We will arrange a host family.

NB YLBA and Corona. If it is the case that no group meetings can be held because of the Coronavirus, the academy will be moved to week week of the 23rd to the 27th of November 2020. Regristration details and Pitch days will be announced later.

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!

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