African Women Entrepreneurship Cooperative

About

Why We Created AWEC

African women create businesses at a faster rate than anywhere else in the world. They have the passion, drive, and fortitude, but told us that they were stymied by educational, economic and societal gaps that stood in the way of their success.

AWEC was created at the Center for Global Enterprise (CGE) to bridge this gap and enable more equal access to sustained, high-quality leadership and business management learning opportunities, mentorship, and a pan-African peer network.

We pioneered an innovative blended learning model that relies on technology and a committed program management team to create an inclusive, high-touch, and collaborative learning community.

Mission

AWEC empowers African women entrepreneurs with the knowledge and network needed to build resilient and scalable businesses.

Annual Program Report: Year 1

Each year, AWEC welcomes 200 new entrepreneurs into our 12-month program. We challenge them to learn together, teach each other, create community, and develop their businesses. For some, this is the beginning of their entrepreneurial journey and for others, an opportunity to sharpen their businesses and prepare for growth. 


Read more about the remarkable women from 39 countries who comprised our first cohort in the 2018-2019 Annual Program Report
.

Team

Karen-Sippel

Karen Sippel

Managing Director

Biography

Didi Agbahor

Program Manager

Biography

Ifeanyi-Ajaebili

Ifeanyi Ajaebili

Teaching Assistant

Biography

Kola-Akintola

Kola Akintola

Teaching Assistant

Biography

Francine-Beleyi

Francine Beleyi

Associate Director

Biography

Flora-Gabtony

Flora Gabtony

Teaching Assistant

Biography

Sugathri-Kolluru

Sugathri Kolluru

Teaching Assistant

Biography

Meredith-Krieg

Meredith Krieg

Program Manager

Biography

Dawn-Leaness

Dawn Leaness

Program Director

Biography

Akinola-Odunlade

Akinola Odunlade

Teaching Assistant

Biography

Funmi-Oyatogun

Funmi Oyatogun

Content Creator

Biography

Magdalene-Uzoechi

Magdalene Uzoechi

Teaching Assistant

Biography

Contact

If you have questions about the program, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page. If your questions are not addressed there, please send us a message at [email protected].