African Women Entrepreneurship Cooperative


Thank you for your interest in AWEC!

The application to join our second Cohort in 2019-2020 will open in December of 2018.


Who Should Apply

AWEC embraces diversity and inclusivity. We encourage 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 startup 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 organizers particularly value 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. Learn more about the program here.

Participants should expect to spend 2 to 3 hours per week participating in AWEC activities (primarily online), for one year. Please seriously consider this time commitment before applying and/or accepting an offer to participate in AWEC.

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


Program Benefits

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

  • Gain access to a network of like-minded African entrepreneurs as well as a group of world-class global business mentors
  • Strengthen strategy, leadership and business management skills to foster sustained growth
  • Develop a toolkit of soft skills, including self-confidence, resilience, collaboration, and global communication to grow as a leader and successful entrepreneur