A few months ago Mario Ferro wrote a blog post about the new adventure he embarked on shortly after his Acumen Global Fellowship in 2011. He described the challenges he faced as an entrepreneur starting up Wedu and the inspiration he found through a community of energetic change-agents eager to support Wedu’s mission of empowering women in the developing world through higher education and mentorship.
Former Fellow, Mario Ferro giving a presentation on Wedu Fund.
In November 2012, I got the opportunity to learn first-hand about Wedu and the goals Mario has set for this growing company while attending Acumen’s Investor Gathering as a Chapter Leader for VANCOUVER+acumen. Now, three months after that initial meeting, I find myself in Bangkok in the role of Mentorship Development Manager for Wedu.
I am excited to share that our Mentorship Program will launch within the month!
We are also excited to share and celebrate some recent accomplishments:
1.) Wedu has been nominated for the Global Solutions Award at the Women Deliver Conference taking place in Kuala Lumpur in May. We are one of 25 teams competing for the Top 10 spots that will pitch at the conference in May.
To support Wedu in receiving the award you can vote on the Women Deliver webpage here or on their Facebook page here. Voting closes on March 6th.
2.) We are excited to be presenting at the regional finals of the GSVC South East Asia business plan competition. Previous winners have been Acumen investees Husk Power Systems and d.light.
The video portion competition is currently underway on Facebook.You can watch Wedu’s video on the GSVC Facebook Page, and if you like it, please click “like” on this page – the most “liked” video wins this portion of the competition.
3.) We have been announced as a semi-finalist in the Echoing Green Fellowship.
Wedu is grateful for the tremendous support we’ve received so far. A particular thanks goes to the CHICAGO+Acumen chapter for helping to grow our community, and for their support in our current competitions.
I’m truly excited to be a part of the growth of Wedu and can’t wait to share more!
Marica Rizzo is the Mentorship Development Manager at Wedu Fund.