In the UK, twice as many men as women start their own business. RBS hopes to redress the balance by inspiring and enabling up to 20,000 women to unlock their business potential by the end of 2015.
RBS is making grants worth a total of £3m available through Inspiring Enterprise for not-for-profit organisations to run programmes to support and encourage more women and young people into enterprise.
More than 170 organisations have applied for grants of up to £50,000 in the third round of Inspiring Women in Enterprise, and 20 finalists have been shortlisted to go forward to the public voting stage.
Voting for your favourite is easy: just look at the details of the shortlisted organisations, decide on your favourites, and register your votes by clicking on their link and filling in some brief verification details.
You can vote for one organisation in each category:
- organisations applying for small grants of up to £10,000
- those applying for medium grants of between £10,001 and £25,000
- and those applying for large grants of between £25,001 and £50,000
Your vote really can make a big difference, enabling the shortlisted organisations to deliver the support that women entrepreneurs need to develop their business potential.
Organisations that won funding in the previous rounds include Ex-cell, which helps ex-prisoners out of crime and into work by providing a programme of resettlement and employment services for ex-offenders so they have guaranteed housing and paid work immediately on release.
Ex-cell has used its grant funding to establish two focused training programmes for 15 women ex-offenders who want to start up their own business. One programme will run at HMP Styal Women’s prison with ongoing support after release, while the other will run in Greater Manchester for women with community sentences.
Ex-cell Director Dave Nicholson said: “The 'Positive Futures for Women' programme aims to cut crime by providing women with opportunities for a legitimate lifestyle."
Voting for the current round of grant funding closes at 12 noon on Wednesday, 13 November, 2013.
Visit the Inspiring Enterprise website to view the shortlisted organisations and cast your vote.