WISE program

User-centered, competency-based, structured learning model

The goal of the WISE program is to help women overcome some of the most difficult challenges for them to become active changemakers.  WISE will aim at improving women’s capacity to drive action, mobilize and manage resources and add value for social causes. 

The concrete OUTPUT for each participant of WISE will be a personal action plan defining their next steps and what to do to create value in the social topic they are concerned about. This personal action plan might entail the basic description and action plan for a new social venture or not. 

This is a pilot edition of the programme funded by the European Commission. The experience of the pilot and feedback from participants, will allow us to do relevant adjustments of the final design and implementation of the programme. The attendance is free of charge. 

Concretely, WISE will work on improving participant knowledge, mindset and skills to be able to achieve the following:

  • Take initiative and being proactive to solve problems and pursue opportunities
  • Clarify their intention,
  • Bring in an idea,
  • Prototype their idea
  • Create structures that can drive action
  • Be aware of the nature and main actors present in their entrepreneurship ecosystem to support them
  • Attract and manage resources in general
  • Communicate effectively in a business environment.


WISE learning environment elements

The following figure summarises the elements of the WISE experience, on-line elements + face-to-face workshop + local community of peers and partners who can provide support and continuity during and after the program.


The programme has been designed following the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) within the Bologna Process. It has a value of 6 ECTS, that is around 150 to 180 hours of learning modules in different phases that contain both online and offline contact hours. This first pilot edition has not a certificate of such 6 ECTS as the programme is not included in the curricula of any University. However, all the participants will receive a Diploma for their participation.

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Attendance is free of charge. Participants will only have to cover the travel and accommodation expenses to attend 2-days Face-to-Face workshop in their country.


Face-to-Face workshop for Croatia will be held in Zagreb; for Greece on Crete; for Spain in Barcelona. The rest of the program will be done online.

Draft schedule of the programme

  • November 2014: Call opens
  • December 2014: Deadline for application
  • December 2014 Selection
  • January 2015 Kick-off on-line workshop
  • January-February 2015: Personal Learning plan, e-module 0
  • Early March 2015: Face-to-face Workshop (1 in Barcelona for participants from Spain, 1 in Zagreb for participants from Croatia, 1 in Crete for participants from Greece)
  • March 2015: First elective E-module and challenge
  • April 2015: Second elective E-module and challenge
  • May 2015: Third elective E-module and challenge
  • June 2015: Progress Evaluation and closing on-line webinar
  • July 2015: Self-driven stage


Program kick-off

This will be an on-line webinar to serve as welcome and induction to the program.

Personal learning Plan

One-to-one session with an assigned tutor where the WISE participants will have the opportunity to self-assess in each of these competencies and create their own personal learning plan. This personalised learning plan will be the base for developing their own e-learning program and on which they will be assessed at the end of the program.

Compulsory E-module 0

The first e-module is compulsory for everyone as it will help define the personal learning plan and prepare the face-to-face workshop. It will last approximately one month.

Face-to-face workshop

WISE participants will meet regionally in a face-to-face workshop (one in Barcelona, one in Zagreb, one in Crete) for two days. The content will focus on building the group, attitudes, mindsets, and further explore, develop and understand the competencies, especially the resilience competence.

Elective e-modules (1 to 6)

Modules will be placed in an on-line learning environment – the E-library, common to all WISE participants. This is a space where participants are able to further develop their abilities and competencies through a self-managed learning program. To support the building of the competencies, participants must choose 3 courses to be completed out of 6 possible. They can do more if they want on a voluntary basis. Each course will account for 1 ECT and will have associated challenges (see next section). The decision on which courses to take will be made together with the tutor according to the competency assessment and development needs identified.

(1) Opportunity identification and creativity; (2) Business modelling and planning; (3) Daring, acting and Lean startup; (4) Gaining collaboration and managing stakeholders; (5) Building up your confidence as a woman business leader; (6) Commitment to results-results orientation


After the face-to-face workshop, WISE participants will start their elective e-modules. Each elective e-module has an associated challenge. These challenges will develop the competencies and they will serve as spaces to round-about the participants knowledge. Participants are expected to complete at least three challenges before the end of the program to be evaluated with their tutor following their learning plan. The active challenges will give WISE participants a chance to practice and live their gained knowledge in the real world. Participants will sometimes be asked to share their learnings or their challenges with a small group of peers, their learning group.

Progress evaluation

At the end of the program participants will pitch their progress in front of their mentor, cohort host and learning group. Progress will be evaluated in this way and participants will develop a new learning or action plan to support them after the program.

Self-driven stage

After the program, Alumni will still have 6 months of access to the e-library.  The WISE team will encourage the continuation of learning groups to support each other.