Maria Sharapova Women's Entrepreneur Program with NAWBO | NAWBO


Maria Sharapova Women's Entrepreneur Program with NAWBO

The application deadline ended at 5PM Pacific Standard Time on May 31, 2018.
All applications are being reviewed by the selection committee. 
Final selection interviews are being held through June 14th. 
The six women business owners selected for this program year will be announced on June 18th. 

Attention all women business owners who are really ready to grow!

Five-Time Grand Slam tennis champion and successful entrepreneur, Maria Sharapova, and the National Association of Women Business Owners have teamed up to provide to six NAWBO members the opportunity to participate in a 12 month mentoring and business scaling program!

"Over the past six years, I have learned the many business dimensions of starting a company with all the challenges and hurdles of real-world experience along the way.  

NOW is the time for me to pay forward what I've learned as an entrepreneur --  which is why I've chosen to partner with NAWBO, the National Association of Women Business Owners, to launch the Maria Sharapova Women's Entrepreneur Program, a 12-month-long mentorship program where my team and I will provide support, educational training, a mastermind group and more to six women business owners. At the core, it's all about women helping women grow their businesses, and as an entrepreneur myself, I couldn't be more excited to be a part of this!"   Maria Sharapova

Applications open on March 8th, on the International Day Women's Day!


Here is what you need to know:
This program will identify six women from across the United States and provide a virtual educational and mentoring experience to significantly grow both their leadership and business success.

Applicant Criteria:

  • Must manage a for-profit business on a day-to-day basis
  • Manage, or plan to hire at least one other person or have an employee working in your business 
  • Minimum of 1 year in operation (must be established – no businesses in the “idea” stage)
  • Formed under United States Law and operating in the United States
  • Must submit a basic business plan: executive summary, company summary, product/service description, any market research data, Strategy Implementation (price/place/promotion), Management Summary, Financial Information (annual revenue last year, this year, next year projected revenue, current cash flow) 
  • Must be a NAWBO member (applicants may join NAWBO in order to apply)
  • Must submit a video (2 minutes or less) about why their business should be chosen for the program
  • Smaller to larger business are welcome!

In addition to the criteria above, the selection committee’s goal is to create a cohort of six engaged, dedicated women business owners that will include:

  • Diverse business industries
  • Inclusive of both product and service companies
  • Geographically diverse
  • Culturally/age diverse
  • Ideally a mix of business sizes will be selected:
    • Two newer/lower revenue businesses – annual revenue under $1Million a year.
    • Two businesses with proven experience with annual revenue between $1M and $5M annually.
    • Two businesses with revenue of $5M or greater.

All six winners will have businesses who have a clear vision but need help in reaching the next big milestone of growth/sustainability. 

Not yet a NAWBO member?  Join here and be part of the unified voice  of over 10 million women-owned businesses in the United States representing the fastest growing segment of the economy.

  • Applications are being accepted from March 8th through May 31st.
  • Top candidates will be interviewed via video conference.
  • Final selection will be announced on June 18th!
  • Program will run from July 2018 through June 2019.


  • 12 month program (no charge)
  • your own successful woman business owner mentor
  • MBA intern to focus on your biggest business challenge
  • 12 months of business focus individualized to help YOU scale and grow
  • Marketing review/advice by multi-million dollar marketing company
  • Expert information on how to prepare for, pitch to and win investors or stakeholders
  • National exposure through Maria Sharapova network
  • Team of experts in business growth, marketing, human resources and more to work with you for fast growth over the entire year.

Have questions? Please ask!  Email NAWBO Institute Program Director, Lynda Bishop at