Grants available to Women Who Empower

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Mills alumnae are invited to apply for Northeastern’s Women Who Empower (WWE) Innovation Award. 

WWE is in its third year of recognizing and funding women in the Northeastern community with entrepreneurial spirits. Previous awardees include Emily Man and Valeria Martinuzzi, who cofounded Venova Technologies to develop a new contraceptive device; Binja Basimike, who launched Kivu Venture Capital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to boost food-industry businesses in Africa; and Natasha Shazana, who started the bra company Soko to authentically serve customers in her home country of Malaysia. 

In 2021, one-time awards were granted to 19 Northeastern students and alumnae (with 17 ventures), with an increase in 2022 to 22 individual honorees. A committee of seasoned women in business evaluate the entries, with prizes doled out in the amounts of $10,000 (first place), $5,000 (runners-up), or $2,500 (honorable mentions). 

The deadline to enter is March 1, though applications will be capped at 100 in total, so organizers encourage interested parties to send in their submissions ASAP.  Visit for more information and to apply.