A 6-month online programme bringing you all the support you need to launch or grow your gender or LGBTIQ+ project in Switzerland
A 6-month entrepreneurial journey to let you create the world in which you aspire to live
Entrepreneurship is not an easy road. When you work alone, you can get stuck or procrastinate indefinitely. Don't you have a few friends who have been talking for years about opening a bookstore-café or a website to show their artwork?
Whether you are at the idea stage or have already launched your project and are in the development phase, with BØWIE, you will never be alone. You will work with other gender+ projects teams, connect with our Alumni·æ, Experts, and Role Models who were standing exactly where you stand today. Always find the support, inspiration, and this extra motivation boost you need from your BØWIE community. Join BØWIE and get access to the Home of queer and feminist creators, to learn, connect and grow together.
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6 modules to acquire key entrepreneurial skills and put them into practice by launching your own gender+ project. Check out the programme below for more info!
Due to the sanitary restrictions, the programme will happen online, with a potential final event in-person. We encourage you to apply whether you are in Switzerland, or abroad but your project aims to impact the Swiss population.
6 months with an average 3-hour weekly engagement on your side
The next cohort is starting on May 16, 2021 and ending with an Awards Ceremony on November 27, 2021. Apply before April 15, 2021
The programme is in English, in order to accommodate the variety of Swiss languages and allow the connection with international experts.
CHF 600.- per team
Full scholarships available ❤️
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It's your chance to decide which project should win this year's Public Choice Award. Discover the projects and vote now!Discover
Register for this year's online BØWIE Awards Ceremony taking place on November 21, 2020. Check out the programme and register for free by clicking on the button below. See you there!Discover
It’s not always easy to know where to start. For this reason, we've designed an easy fo follow, step-by-step process. This 6-month programme entails custom one-to-one coaching, national community events, workshops, inspiration and networking opportunities. You're not 100% sure about your idea? You don't have previous entrepreneurial experience? Don’t worry, we've broken down all necessary steps for an impactful project and will lead you smoothly along that learning curve.
Always know your next step with our carefully designed and fully custom 6-month programme.
Acquire valuable skills (in comms, marketing, social media, public relations, video, team management, fundraising, etc.) that will allow you to have the impact that you have always dreamed of.
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Get into the experimental mindset, master key tools and reach tangible results.
The BØWIE Circle is our members’ home: it’s both a resource center and a private safe-space to engage with other creators. And guess what? You'll have access to it even after your 6-month programme! What to expect:
We've broken down all the necessary steps for an impactful project and will lead you smoothly along that learning curve. Our 6-month programme entails:
Throughout the 6-month programme, the BØWIE team will be available for you on a weekly basis for on-demand Office Hours. We
At the end of the Programme, in November, you will have the opportunity to enroll in the BØWIE Awards Ceremony and get the chance to be rewarded for your project achievements.
This is a great opportunity to make your project more visible but also to put into practice new skills. You will produce your own promotional video, you will launch your campaign on social media to get votes from the public and you will pitch your project live at the Ceremony. May the best project win!
Once you have completed the programme, you will be able to qualify to access tailor-made opportunities depending on your type of project, such as media coverage or connections with investors or philanthropic funders.
In 6 months you could still be thinking about how the world should change or you could have:
Our alumni·ae say it better than we do!
Let's talk Gender. Gender in all its forms, in all its aspirations and in all its challenges. Let’s talk about changing our narratives.
Let's talk about changing Switzerland, a country still ranked 22th in Europe in regard to LGBTIQ+ legal rights. Where women are still earning 20% less than men and still bearing most of the burden of child care. Where the unemployment rate of transgender people is 10 times higher than the average. Where same-sex couples cannot get married and founding a family remains challenging. Where intersex, asexual or aromantic people are still unknown to the majority of the population. Where pleasure and sexuality remains male-centered. A society where 19% of women have had non-consensual sex.
Let’s make Gender the revolution it needs to be in Switzerland! Across industries and across communities. At BØWIE, we are convinced that we can collectively harness our creativity, passion and fearlessness and create a society where inclusion is truly lived, not only talked about.
Are you passionate about gender and about social change? Do you have an idea or a project designed to make Switzerland more inclusive for EVERYONE ? Let's be bold together.
A project to help establish a curriculum for youth and children to respond to issues of sexual and gender-based violence in the context of churchesDiscover
Redefine healthy masculinities and encouraging an evolution of the role of man based on gender equityDiscover
An app/game to deconstruct gender stereotypes amongst children, through storiesDiscover
An accessible and inclusive community that questions common gender norms and gives people the opportunity to explore their gender(s) in different waysDiscover
An online safe space for the queer community - free from algorithms, data mining and fake news. We bring queers and allies together in a secure online social environment.Discover
A digital platform and a community with a mission to promote personal and social development for young women through storytellingDiscover
into the world of:
What do YOU want to change?
Workshops and resources to raise awareness about weight stigma in Switzerland.
A subscription service for businesses and schools that allows them to provide free menstrual products to their employees and students.
A performance in the form of a moaning choir about sexual violence in heterosexual* relationships.
A poster campaign and testimonials to provide positive visibility to LGBTIQ+ couples and families in the public space
A photo exhibition with interactive performances to deconstruct gender stereotypes and allow alternative representations of women* and non-binary people.
An illustrated children's book in which we follow the adventures and discoveries of a young transgender frog.
Chloé, Zoë and Bruno organized a photo exhibition to provide positive visibility to LGBTIQ+ couples and families in the public space
Melanie is raising awareness about weight stigma in Switzerland through workshops and educational materials creation.
Anaïs wrote and designed an illustrated children's book in which we follow the adventures and discoveries of a young transgender frog.
Valerie created a photo exhibition with interactive performances to deconstruct gender stereotypes and allow alternative representations of women* and non-binary people.
Emily launched a subscription service for businesses and schools that allows them to provide free menstrual products to their employees and students.
Amanda created a performance in the form of a moaning choir denouncing sexual violence in heterosexual* relationships.
"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old but on building the new."
Ready to join BØWIE? Simply click on the "Apply now" button below and you'll be prompted to the application form.Apply now
Not sure if you're ready to go? Ask all your questions during our "Ask me anything" online info event on Instagram Live on March 31, 2021 at 5.30pm CET. Register below and follow us @bowieincubator to make sure you don't miss the event!Register now
Would you prefer having a 1:1 chat with a member of our team? Simply book a call with Deborah, our Head of Programme, who'll be more than happy to guide you in the process!Book a 1:1 info call