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Empowering Female Entrepreneurs to Lead

Scotland April - June 2024

Proudly supported by the Scottish Ecosystem Fund 2023-24

Eco-System Partners


This is a unique leadership development program, specifically created for female entrepreneurs, founders and business leaders in the Scottish tech eco-system, delivered by Empowering You and proudly supported by the Scottish Ecosystem Fund 2023-24.

The aim of the initiative is to empower each individual participant to realise their leadership potential and support the creation of a collaborative and powerful community of women leaders across Scotland's tech start-up and scale-up eco-system.  

Delivered over 3 months from April - June 2024, Empowering Female Entrepreneurs to Lead is designed to empower participants to develop their leadership capabilities, optimize their potential and enable their transition into more confident, capable and energised leaders.  

Key Learning Outcomes

  • During the program, participants will work individually and collaboratively to:

    • Accelerate your leadership effectiveness​ and develop your own personal and authentic leadership skills

    • Optimise your personal impact
    • Explore strategies to understand and engage more effectively with team members, business partners and stakeholders

    • Develop vital coaching skills
    • Identify strategies to build a powerful, collaborative network 

    • Learn how to authentically communicate and influence

    • Leverage the combined expertise of peers to progress individual and collective growth​

    • Broaden your perspectives and beliefs with a "leader as a learner" mindset
    • Enhance your personal presentation and storytelling skills

Program Content

Segmented into key leadership themes which are explored throughout the group workshop sessions, individual coaching and a team community challenge, Empowering Female Entrepreneurs to Lead engages participants in a detailed exploration around the fundamentals of authentic leadership from self-awareness, collaboration and influence, through to optimising your personal impact.

Engaging and influencing
Values, beliefs and shaping your personal vision
Emotional intelligence and the neuroscience of behaviours and habits
Networking with strategic purpose
Navigating complex relationships through political awareness and intelligence
Leveraging your power and resources
Effective presentation skills
Leadership styles and perspectives

Participant Experience

Empowering Female Entrepreneurs to Lead immerses participants in a multi-layered development journey, designed to ensure maximum individual impact.

This program is delivered in an experiential format, including group activities and action learning sets. Two professional leadership facilitators are used throughout our workshops to make sure we maintain high levels of personal engagement and diverse perspectives.

  • Learning readiness - optional group call with Program Leader

  • Self-assessment​

  • 2 x full-day in-person group workshops

  • 3 x half-day virtual group workshops delivered in a live, interactive format
  • 3 x 1 hour 1-1 coaching sessions working on individual developmental priorities

  • Guest industry speakers sharing personal leadership stories

  • Coaching workbook and questionnaire

  • Team collaboration challenge 
  • A group presentation to wider tech eco-system community 

Program Map

From self-paced, individual learning to interactive group development, the course immerses participants in a vibrant, multifaceted learning experience. Interacting with peers across a range of mediums, participants gain diverse insights and build powerful new connections.

Activity Format Date
Self-assessment Self-directed 1 week before first workshop
1st Group Workshop In-person (Glasgow) 24th April
Coaching Sessions Virtual, interactive, 1-1 Throughout April - June
1st Virtual Group Workshop Virtual, interactive 2nd May
2nd Virtual Group Workshop Virtual, interactive 15th May
3rd Virtual Group Workshop Virtual, interactive 29th May
2nd Group Workshop In-person (Glasgow) 3rd June
Graduation and team challenge presentations In-person, Central Edinburgh 25th June

Pricing & Enrolment

This is a free but selective program. Participants will be selected by a panel based on applications received and to achieve a diverse representation of participants.

Each applicant will be required to complete an application form for consideration and will be notified of their acceptance onto the program within 7 days of application submission.

Places are limited to a maximum of 20 and will be allocated to participants on a "first come, first served" basis.

"Who is eligible?" 

This program is specifically designed to support female entrepreneurs who have already established or are in the process of establishing a tech start-up/scale-up business in Scotland. OR for female entrepreneurs who are in a principal leadership role (MD/CEO/COO, etc.) within a tech start-up/scale-up company in Scotland.

"Is my company eligible?"

The term "tech" can seem a bit vague, so as a guide, if your business provides a product or solution which is delivered digitally, relies heavily on data or digital technology for its development or delivery, provides digital/technology services to clients or professional services to predominantly tech company clients, then your company would likely be eligible.

If you have any questions RE your eligibility, please email using "Empowering Female Entrepreneurs" as the subject heading.  

Closing Date For Applications: 29 Mar 2024
Venue: Central Glasgow (Venue TBC)
Pricing: Free (not including travel expenses)
Max Participants: 20

Workshop Date Information:

1st Group In-Person Workshop

24th April 9.30am - 5pm


1st Virtual Workshop

2nd May 9.30am - 12.30pm

2nd Virtual Workshop

15th May 9.30am - 12.30pm

3rd Virtual Workshop

29th May 9.30am - 12.30pm

2nd Group In-Person Workshop

3rd June, 9.30am - 5pm


This hybrid program has been specifically designed to incorporate both in-person group days, on-demand coaching scheduled around participants' schedules and virtual group workshops to ensure maximum flexibility around participants' work and personal commitments.

​Team Challenge Presentation and Graduation: Tuesday 25th June 2024, 2pm-5.30pm, Central Edinburgh (Venue tbc)

What Our Alumni Say

“I absolutely loved the program! For me personally, it was so much more than I was expecting and the outcomes will shape who I am moving forward to lead in Cyber Security.”

Irene Coyle | Chief Operating Officer, OSP Cyber Academy

“The coaching took me on a deeper level to review both my professional and personal objectives and I truly valued this opportunity and experience.”

Nuala Kilmartin | Innovation Lead, UKRI

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