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TheNextwomen is glad to provide an update of the Esther Koplowitz Centre, which opened in Barcelona in 2010; in just five years the centre has played an important role in biomedical research into diseases in the areas of neurology, cancer, digestion and tropical diseases, and represents one of Europe’s largest ever private donations to biomedical research. Set forth below some of thenextwomen involved in the R&D efforts in Spain!

Alyssa Jade McDonald-Bartl is a third generation social entrepreneur who works to evolve standards to influence food sovereignity and agroecology. She is the mother of, which harvests cacao beans for foodies who expect more from chocolate. Here, she shares her predicted chocolate trends for the coming year. 

UNDP in Papua New Guinea and the Australian Government recently launched an extraordinary venture, first of its kind in PNG – the Kumul GameChangers – to support for-profit impact enterprises in PNG.  Keeping entrepreneurs at the core, the venture recognizes that for entrepreneurs and their innovations, the knowledge and capital required for their success need to come together so that this emerging cadre of GameChangers can accelerate solutions to the national challenge of exclusion and fractured development. 

Lana Larder of The NextWomen considers the importance of identifying and protecting your company’s most valuable assets, discussing the issue with Mary Juetten, founder of Traklight, a software product which helps business owners protect their ideas.

More innovative financing options, such as crowdfunding, are now available to entrepreneurs worldwide. A new breed of entrepreneurs is emerging.

Akosua Dardaine Edwards, founder of the Enabling Enterprise Project, examines some of the recent trends within entrepreneurship, considering the rise in female entrepreneurs, the increasing and more innovative financing methods available, and the rise of social entrepreneurship.

Over the last decade, entrepreneurship has come to the fore, not simply as a means of job creation and reviving the economy, but also as a means of introducing new ways of thinking and problem solving. Some experts have also suggested that entrepreneurship ought to be a way of life.

Singapore is fast becoming recognised as a gateway to the rest of Asia by businesses looking to grow globally. John McHugh, Property Marketing Manager at MAG Property the property and development arm of leading UK airport operator Manchester Airports Group, talks to The NextWomen about some of the best business cities in the world, and what they offer to the business owners who decide to locate their companies within them.











This week, innovation is on top of the agenda in Amsterdam. First, the European Commission, lead in this instance by Neelie Kroes has awarded European the most successful companies the Europioneers Prize.

Saddled between Asia’s power houses India and China, bordering tumultuous Iran and Afghanistan, Pakistan is incredibly heterogeneous with over 70 local dialects, an array of religions and disparate ethnicities.

From religious extremism that threatens termination of girls’ education, to winning the Oscars (Saving Face, directed by Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, won Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject in 2012), Pakistani women here live in an immensely complex irony of disparate identities. Their women leaders, both established and emerging, and sometimes unrecognized, are indeed fascinating.

Consider Jehan Ara, President of the internationally recognized Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA). She is a motivator, an entrepreneur, a social activist and a strong propagator of extending the power and use of Information and Communication Technologies beyond pure traditional business, to empower and enable communities.

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Joan Ahisimbwe sensed trouble when she heard her brother-in-law planned to inherit her. Her husband had died from HIV, which she’d soon learn he passed to her before his death. Following Ugandan tradition, his brother had a right to take a widow as a second or third wife. The idea of belonging to this alcoholic, abusive man was terrifying, so with her two small children she fled to a Kampala slum, where she struggled to provide even one meal a day.

Weak with HIV symptoms, Joan still mustered the energy to work tirelessly making mud bricks and earning less than $1 a day.