Women entrepreneurs, especially those in poor rural areas in the country can now have immediate access to technology aid through the government’s Women-Helping-Women: Innovating Social Enterprises or WHWise program.
This was assured by Department of Science and Technology Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) on Monday, March 8, as the nation observed the celebration of the International Women’s Day.
The Council said with the implementation of the WHWise Program, a public-private partnership initiative, women-led social enterprises were being readied for growth, scalability, and subsequent venture capital funding.
“More importantly, the DOST-PCIEERD shall connect these women entrepreneurs to the science community and provide access to technology assistance so even the most rural women can be part of the global economy,” it said in a statement.
Early-stage funding, training, skills development, mentorship, and business incubation are offered to women entrepreneurs under the WHWise program.
“As leader and partner in enabling innovations, we hope this program can encourage our women entrepreneurs to innovate and utilize available technologies that can maximize the potentials of their businesses. This is a call for women in technology to work with women in social enterprises to spawn innovation. Women can indeed make a change in our society” DOST PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Enrico Paringit said.
He encouraged all women-led social enterprises to fully participate in the WHWise program.
The DOST-PCIEERD expressed openness to forge partnership with private organizations seeking to promote the interest of women entrepreneurs that are willing to lend a hand to the grantees of the program.
Those interested parties may submit a detailed capsule (or full-blown) proposal to DOST-PCIEERD through the DPMIS portal, www://dpmis.dost.gov.ph, from June 1 to 30, 2021.
The Council said call conferences are scheduled in April and May to grant opportunity to prospective grantees “to explain the proposal format, mechanics and other requirements related to the grant.”
The schedules of call conferences for the program will be announced in the Facebook page of the DOST-PCIEERD.
The requirements for the proposal are the following: Letter of Intent and Endorsement from the head of the institution addressed to Paringit, detailed DOST-Grants-in-Aid (GIA) Proposal Format through the DOST Project Management Information System (DPMIS), and uploaded supplementary files such as Scientific Basis/Theoretical Framework, Workplan, Gender and Development Score, Details of Line-Item Budget, Risk Management Plan, and Curriculum Vitae of Proponent/Project Leader.