WIPO’s Project-Based Training and Mentoring Program on Intellectual Property for Women Entrepreneurs from Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities

WIPO’s Project-Based Training and Mentoring Program on Intellectual Property for Women Entrepreneurs from Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities

WIPO is calling for applications for a new and exciting program called “Project-Based Training and Mentoring Program on Intellectual Property for Women Entrepreneurs from Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities”.

The Program, which aims to strengthen the capacity of women entrepreneurs from indigenous peoples and local communities to make strategic and effective use of intellectual property (IP), is open to up to 20 women entrepreneurs – such as artisans, designers, traditional musicians and dancers, researchers, healers or small-scale farmers – who are planning or have already initiated a project based on traditional knowledge (TK) and/or traditional cultural expressions (TCEs) and that includes an IP component.

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

  • A Geneva-based training phase, from November 11 to 15, 2019, where participants will acquire basic knowledge of the main principles, systems and tools of the IP system as they relate to TK and TCEs; share and learn from each other’s experiences; and further develop their projects.
  • A mentoring phase in 2020, during which participants are expected to implement their projects. During that phase, mentors will be assigned to each participant to guide the implementation of the IP components of the projects.

Candidates should be able to communicate in English, French, Spanish or Russian.

The deadline for applications is August 30, 2019. You can find more information about the Program and download the application form, through this link: www.wipo.int/tk/en/women_entrepreneurs/.


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Carla Bengoa

Environmental lawyer, with a master degree in environmental policy, working for the World Intellectual Property Organization's Traditional Knowledge Division.

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