African businesswomen called to apply for unique training opportunity

Both women who have a company in the start-up or growth stage and aspiring entrepreneurs can apply for the program.

African women entrepreneurs are invited to apply for a unique training opportunity.

The African Women Entrepreneurship Cooperative (AWEC), sponsored by the Center for Global Enterprise, is a one-of-a-kind, 12-month training program that builds a pan-African community of women entrepreneurs and business owners, empowering them with the strategy, leadership and business management skills needed for growth and economic advancement.

CGE developed AWEC in response to feedback from African alumni of its online learning courses who requested more in-depth training on critical management topics, longer engagement and mentorship, and a sustained peer network.

In the first year of the program, AWEC will enroll 200 participants, with the goal of training a total of 3,000 women entrepreneurs by 2021. The application period started on 31 January and ends on 14 February.

Participants should expect to spend 2 to 3 hours per week participating in AWEC activities (primarily online), for one year.

The core of this applied learning program consists of:

  • Live instructional sessions led by world-class business and academic experts, delivered via interactive video conference
  • Peer-led sessions focused on applying new learning, developing soft skills, learning from outside experts and other participants, and building pan-African peer networks
  • Course activities – delivered through a collaborative online learning platform – that encourage individuals to immediately apply new knowledge and skills, and to collaborative with diverse teams
  • Mentoring and coaching from mid-career and senior business professionals throughout the duration of the program
  • Constructive feedback on assignments from instructors, mentors, teaching assistants, and peers
  • One-day Leadership Summits that provide in-person training and networking opportunities, taking place twice during the program, in locations throughout Africa

Who should apply?

AWEC embraces diversity and inclusivity. It encourages African women entrepreneurs and business owners from across the continent and its diaspora, representing any industry, to apply. Entrepreneurs in both urban and rural locations are encouraged to apply.

Both individuals who have a company in the start-up or growth stage and aspiring entrepreneurs with business experience, a solid idea, and demonstrated passion for entrepreneurship are eligible to participate. All participants should be interested in advancing their business and management skills, as well as growing their companies and their leadership capabilities.

AWEC particularly values the following qualities: leadership, tenacity, perseverance, a desire to learn and share learning with others, and a passion for entrepreneurship.

Participants will have a built-in support system of session leaders, teaching assistants, mentors, and AWEC staff to provide strategic guidance as they navigate the curriculum.

All program content will be delivered in English and participants must be proficient in written and spoken English.

For more information and applications, visit the website, or contact the e-mail

  • By Hope Magazine
  • Posted 5th February 2018


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