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African Women Entrepreneurs Invited to Apply for Year long Training Program

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Are you a female in business or aspiring to go into business? If yes, then  this is key information for you.

We are pleased to alert you to the news that the African Women Entrepreneurship Cooperative (AWEC) will begin to accept online applications on 4 December 2019 for its third cohort. AWEC is a 12-month, high-touch leadership and management capacity building program. Its mission is to empower women from across Africa and the diaspora with the knowledge and network needed to build resilient and scalable businesses.

For one year, beginning on 1 April 2020, AWEC cohort members are guided through an intensive applied and collaborative learning model that blends online and offline experiences. They learn real-world lessons from CEOs and business school professors. They apply new knowledge to their own businesses. They are paired with senior business mentors from around the world. And they create a lasting network of 200 women entrepreneurs from across the continent who become their supporters, champions, and cheerleaders.

AWEC is open to African female founders running a business in any industry. Aspiring women entrepreneurs who have a well-developed and innovative business idea are also encouraged to apply.

Women interested in applying for AWEC’s program should be prepared to:

  • Commit to an intensive program that requires a 4-6 hour commitment per week, for one year
  • Engage in an online and offline experience that requires regular Internet access (at least weekly)
  • Keep up with a fast-paced learning environment conducted entirely in English

The application will go live at 12:00am UTC on 4 December and will close at 11:59pm UTC on 17 December. No late applications will be accepted.

While there is no program fee to participate in AWEC, cohort members are required to commit their time (4 to 6 hours per week for one year) and energy to being an active learner and participant in the AWEC community.

While the Global Scholars community is international and AWEC is focused on African women entrepreneurs, we hope you will share this unique learning opportunity with your networks to help us to reach more women entrepreneurs across Africa and its diaspora who are seeking to increase their knowledge and grow their businesses. For more information about the program and to apply online, visit: www.thecge.net/awec/apply.

AWEC is a program operated by the Center for Global Enterprise, a nonprofit organization based in the U.S.


Karen Sippel

Managing Director

African Women Entrepreneurship Cooperative

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