Who Should Apply

AWEC embraces diversity, inclusivity and is open to women entrepreneurs working in any industry. Successful participants help build our community by contributing their knowledge and experience, learning from others, and using what they learn to build their businesses and support their peers.

If you identify with the following statements, we encourage you to apply:

  • I am a woman who was born in and do business in an African country OR I am a member of the diaspora and my business or NGO clearly impacts Africa.
  • I am an established entrepreneur seeking to grow my business OR I am aspiring entrepreneur with a clear business concept that I am committed to developing and implementing over the course of this 12-month program.
  • I want to advance my business and management skills, as well as growing my company and leadership capabilities.
  • I want to be an active member of a pan-African community of changemakers.
  • I am a self-starter who demonstrates passion, resilience, leadership, collaboration, and empathy.
  • I am proficient in spoken and written English, the official language of the program.

Learn more about the structure of the program here.


Participants should expect to spend an average of 4 to 6 hours per week participating in AWEC activities (primarily online), for one year. When considering whether or not to apply, please keep in mind that this program is fast-paced and requires firm commitment to active learning and engagement. Participants are expected to engage in one AWEC activity every week.

Program Benefits

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

  • Form connections with a diverse network of African women entrepreneurs
  • Establish a┬árelationship with at least one senior business mentor
  • Strengthen strategy, leadership and business management skills
  • Apply their AWEC learning to their business with an eye toward sustainable growth
  • Gain skills needed to grow and scale their enterprise
  • Develop a toolkit of soft skills, including self-confidence, resilience, collaboration, and cross-cultural communications