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Gender Lens Incubation and Acceleration Toolkit 2.0 Launch



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09 March 2021



09 March 2021


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GLIA Toolkit 2.0 Launch

Gender Lens Incubation and Acceleration Toolkit 2.0 Launch

Tuesday, 9 March
4:00 – 5:00 pm SGT | 5:00 – 6:00 pm JST | 7:00 – 9:00 pm AEST

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Enabling equal participation of women and men in entrepreneurship could lead to a global economic expansion of up to 5 trillion USD. The world of entrepreneurship and investment, however, is still not equally accessible to or inclusive of all genders.

Entrepreneurship Support Organisations (ESOs), such as incubators, accelerators, and intermediaries, therefore, play a pivotal role by supporting social enterprises and ensuring that capital flows toward businesses that bring value to women.

The Gender Lens Incubation and Acceleration (GLIA) Toolkit – launched by The Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF), in partnership with the Frontier Incubators programme of DFAT – aims to provide ESOs with practical guidelines, case studies, and frameworks so that they may more effectively apply a gender lens to their organisation, programmes, and ecosystem. So far 14 intermediaries from across South East Asia have worked with and been trained by ygap to effectively use the GLIA toolkit to make their work more gender inclusive, accessible and equitable

As a practitioner-focused resource, its updated version, GLIA 2.0 toolkit, includes new content that will better support ESOs in using data and metrics to track gender-based goals. These contents contain modules related to Impostor Syndrome, Gender and Power, Negotiation and Gender in Products and Services.

Join the webinar to:

  • Explore the range of new resources in the GLIA 2.0 toolkit and how to apply them to your work;
  • Engage with and learn from intermediaries who have started applying a gender lens to their work using the GLIA toolkit;
  • Gain insights into how incubation and acceleration can innovatively prepare ventures that are ready for GLI opportunities.
Ayaka Matsuno
Director of Gender Investment and Innovation Department 
The Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Ayaka Matsuno leads the department that manages the operation of the Asia Women Impact Fund, an initiative to invest up to US $ 100 million from the Foundation to pursue gender lens investments that achieve favourable outcomes for women in Southeast Asia. Her team works with local organizations across Asia to conduct research, make policy recommendations, amplify sustainable solutions, and deliver positive outcomes for women and promote women’s economic empowerment.
Audrey Jean-Baptiste
Regional Director

Audrey is the Program Director and Gender Lead for ygap Collaborations at ygap, an international development non profit that backs local impact ventures across Africa, Asia and the Pacific. To date, ygap has run 47 accelerator programs and supported 541 impact ventures, which have gone on to improve the lives of 1,295,411 people living in Poverty. As part of their collaboration arm, she works with a wide range of stakeholders to help them realise their impact strategies and build a sustainable, accessible, inclusive and equitable entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Angeli Recella
Executive Director For Operations
Makesense Asia

Passionate about social impact, entrepreneurship, and people development, Angeli is currently managing the operations of makesense Asia. For 10 years, makesense has been creating tools and programs for collective mobilization to enable everyone to take action and build an inclusive and sustainable society. Globally, makesense has enabled 200,000 citizens to work on social and environmental issues, assisted 8,000 entrepreneurial projects in 7 countries, and equipped 10,000 employees of organizations to create social impact in their own way.
Priya Thachadi
Founder and CEO
Villgro Philippines

Priya is a social impact advocate and entrepreneur based in Manila, Philippines. She is the Founder and CEO of Villgro Philippines, an early stage impact incubator that funds, mentors and nurtures social entrepreneurs. She also co-founded Unlock Impact, a social impact consulting firm and Unlock Champions, a leadership learning platform for women entrepreneurs in South and Southeast Asia. Priya is the Co-Chair of the ANDE East and Southeast Asia Chapter. She is the host of the podcast Talk Impact, a show for and about leaders at the frontlines of social change in Asia. In 2020, she was recognized as a Youth Gender Champion by the UN Women WEPs Awards for Asia Pacific.
Ralph Mpofu
Catalyst, Partnerships, Programs & Community
Impact Hub Kuala Lumpur

Ralph is passionate about connecting the dots for impact & sustainable development. His current role includes managing and facilitating strategic partnerships and initiatives for the SDGs and, catalysing communities for change at Impact Hub KL. Ralph hopes to use his experience and background to connect and support more impact-driven entrepreneurs, youth and businesses towards tackling pressing socio-economic and environmental issues. Impact Hub KL is part of the world’s largest impact entrepreneurs network focused on building entrepreneurial communities for impact at scale. To date, Impact Hub KL has reached 20,000+ beneficiaries through its 3 pillars of work that aim to deliver wellbeing for people and the planet through Empowered Individuals, supporting Impactful Enterprises and building Inclusive Communities.
Rina Komiya (Moderator)
Program Officer
The Sasakawa Peace Foundation

Rina is a Program Officer at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation and engages in various programs that promote women’s economic empowerment in South East Asia. She has a strong background in refugee protection and prior to joining the Sasakawa Peace Foundation in September 2020, she worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Tanzania, Jordan and Bangladesh.

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