Application Deadline: December 17th 2019

This program is designed for African women entrepreneurs seeking to
expand their knowledge, increase their skills, broaden their network,
and make a lifelong connections during a 12-month program from April
2020 to March 2021.

Women who meet the
following criteria are encouraged to apply:

  • Current or aspiring African women
    entrepreneurs working in any industry
  • Citizens of any African country,
    currently living on the continent or in the diaspora
  • Founders of for-profit or
    non-profit/NGO ventures
  • Comfortable with remote teamwork and
    collaboration, especially using digital tools
  • Proficient in verbal and written
  • Regular (at least weekly) access to
    the Internet through a computer or tablet

Please note: For
those living in the diaspora, your business (or NGO) must clearly impact
Africa. AWEC does not have a minimum requirement for the number of years in
business or revenue/turnover amounts. We encourage interested entrepreneurs at
any stage of their venture to consider applying.

While AWEC seeks to
build diverse cohorts, successful applicants tend to share the following

  • Resilience as individuals and entrepreneurs
  • Passion for building a scalable and sustainable business
  • Strong interest in building business, management and leadership skills
  • Collaborative spirit
  • Desire to build a pan-African network of peers
  • Empathetic leaders
  • Clear communicators


Participants should expect to spend an average of 4 to 6 hours per week participating in AWEC activities (primarily online), for one year. When considering whether or not to apply, please keep in mind that this program is fast-paced and requires firm commitment to active learning and engagement.

Participants are expected to engage in one AWEC activity every week. While generous philanthropic donations enable AWEC to offer the 12-month learning experience without charging a program fee, participants may wish to plan for some travel expenses related to attending optional in-person events. Additional details will be provided to accepted members of the cohort.

Program Benefits

successful completion of the 12-month program, participants will:

  • Form connections with a diverse network of African women entrepreneurs
  • Establish a relationship with at least one senior business mentor
  • Strengthen strategy, leadership and business management skills
  • Apply their AWEC learning to their business with an eye toward sustainable growth
  • Gain skills needed to grow and scale their enterprise
  • Develop a toolkit of soft skills, including self-confidence, resilience, collaboration, and cross-cultural communications

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Center for Global Enterprise/AWEC Program 2020/2021

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