The Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) is a U.S. Government initiative designed to empower 50 million women worldwide by 2025 to fulfil their economic potential. The U.S. Embassy in South Africa has partnered with the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) to implement the AWE South Africa program. AWE 2021 is a 16-week long online training program which provides women entrepreneurs business and management training, and helps them strengthen their network and grow as business leaders.
Application Deadline: May 3, 2022 – Click here to apply
nd fluent in English
Resident in one of the five AWE South Africa cities: Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, and Pretoria
Must either have a feasible business idea or have been in business for no more than 2 years
Not in full-time employment (please note this excludes self-employment)
Ability to participate in weekly group sessions and must be able to commit 5+ hours weekly to accomplish designated tasks
Computer literacy and access to a computer
Enrolment in the DreamBuilder platform and expert facilitated virtual business management training and mentorship sessions
Networking and peer learning opportunities with like-minded entrepreneurs
A collaboratively developed and refined draft of your business plan
A DreamBuilder certificate after completing the program
Membership to the AWIEF Community
Participants who graduate from the program gain automatic membership to the U.S. government-funded Exchange Alumni network which provides access to a robust network of support, including follow-on business opportunities, potential seed funding, and a vast network of like-minded and highly regarded entrepreneurs across the country.