Faisalabad Programme

WomenX offers a comprehensive, 2-phase programme package to its selected participants:

Phase 1 | Duration: 3 months

Phase 1 is a 3-month certificate course with 12 days of in-class Business Education sessions,  4 Soft Skills sessions, Peer-to-Peer group coaching, and monthly networking events. Classes meet once a week on Saturdays.

Business Education

Three-month training led by UAF which focus on core business skills: Entrepreneurial Accounting, Marketing, IT for Business, Supply Chain Management, Operations Management, etc.

Soft Skills

Professional business training workshops that focus on self growth, such as branding and marketing, leadership skills, communication & negotiation.

Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Coaching

Small-group sessions with discussion and exchange of ideas that will help each woman gain clarity on her business.

Networking

Events to facilitate access to markets, supply chains and other networks, leveraging on existing initiatives and developing new ones.

Phase 2 | Duration: 5 months

Around 40% of Phase 1 participants are selected for the 5-month Phase 2, which offers more tailored business support services, including mentoring and business clinics.

One on One Mentoring

With the support of a mentor, participants are able to engage in implementation of new practices, improve upon business strategies; identify their challenges and develop skills to find solutions, etc. in order to reach their growth targets.

Business Clinics

With the support of a mentor, participants are able to engage in implementation of new practices, improve upon business strategies; identify their challenges and develop skills to find solutions, etc. in order to reach their growth targets.

Networking (cont’d)

Events to facilitate access to markets, supply chains and other networks, leveraging on existing initiative and developing new ones.

Peer-to-Peer Coaching (cont’d)

Small-group sessions where participants talk about their learning from the mentorship phase.


Business Education – UAF

Classes of WomenX Faisalabad are facilitated by University of Agriculture Faisalabad’s Office of Research, Innovation, and Commercialization (ORIC) and conducted by the faculty of the Institute of Business Management Sciences. The high-tech environment of ORIC and the expertise of the faculty are a winning combination for the women entrepreneurs

Participants have access to the Business Incubation Center facilities. The office also offers additional support to the women beyond the BE classes; faculty members willingly share their contact details and offered advice in their respective expertise.

Soft Skills Training

The WomenX philosophy is not only to build on our participants’ business acumen, but to also inculcate crucial soft skills for day-to-day business management. Therefore, an integral part of the programme is the soft skills training component, where our programme partners with Get Organised to Achieve & Learn (GOAL) to arrange trainers from the country’s top corporate platforms to conduct tailored workshops on themes including branding and digital story telling, leadership and gender, communication skill, and business pitch. Trainers include: Simi Raheel, Faisal Sherjan (LUMS NIC) and others.


Peer-to-Peer Coaching

At WomenX, we believe in the power of peer-to-peer counseling and collective brainstorming. Thus, the peer-to-peer group discussion sessions made up of 8-10 participants and 1 facilitator are designed to provide our women with a safe space to discuss their business challenges and build an intimate network of business allies. Each group’s individual participants bring their own twist to each session, creating an exciting, one-of-a-kind entrepreneurial experience!


Networking Opportunities

From weekly interactions in large and small group settings with fellow WomenX participants, to guest speaker series with industry leaders, to monthly collaborations with large entrepreneurial networks within Pakistan’s business eco-system, WomenX offers business building opportunities to participants from any business sector, giving them the ideal platform for creating linkages and identifying new business opportunities.


Mentoring and Business Clinics

Around 40% of WomenX participants from Phase 1 are selected to continue on to Phase 2 of the programme. Phase 2 is designed to provide advanced business guidance on a more a individual level, based on each participant’s Business Growth Action Plan (which all participants develop by the end of Phase 1), with the aim of implementing changes in their business. Phase 2 services include: one-on-one mentoring, and Business Clinics and Advanced P2P sessions, along with continued networking opportunities.