A tailored 12-week programme of mentoring, practical working sessions and powerful panel discussions for ambitious female leaders.

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Northern Power Women is a catalyst for workplace gender diversity from the North. Through monthly podcasts, social discussions and transformative events, NPW reaches out to over 50,000 people and works to showcase and connect this tidal wave of role models who are making change happen now.

Its partnership with Lancashire County Council is the first of its kind in the North, demonstrating Lancashire’s pioneering commitment to female founders.

This 12-week programme comprises mentoring, practical working sessions and powerful panel discussions with inspiring role models.

If you’re a female founder scaling up your business, we want to hear from you. 2020 is your year. Let’s make things happen.


  • Start: April 2020

  • Duration: Three months

  • Participants: 10

  • Commitment: Approx 32 hours

  • Application deadline: March 6, 2020

Selection criteria

  • Lancashire-based with a minimum of 10 employees

  • Female-led business

  • Already growing turnover or staff 20% per year and looking to continue

  • Priority sector: advanced manufacturing, aerospace, professional, creative, digital, energy, environment, health

What does the programme look like?

  • Diagnostic interview with specialist mentor

  • Confidence tricks: Standing out from the crowd

  • Why you, why this business?

  • Defining your investor value proposition

  • Action plans that demonstrate ‘here to there’ journey

  • Open and honest panel discussion with role models who have ‘been there, done that’ in scale-up

  • Mentoring with peers, specialists and role models

Delivery partner

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Groundswell Innovation / Northern Power Women

Programme features

  • Action-focused support to move from plan to implementation.

  • Induction into a proactive network of like-minded entrepreneurs, potential partners and funders, role models and mentors.

  • Opportunity to build and stress-test your skills and scale-up plans.

The application date for this programme has now passed. If you would like to be considered for future Two Zero programmes, please contact us.

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