African Women Entrepreneurship Cooperative



Program Overview

The AWEC program is a 12-month curriculum focused on business management, strategy and leadership.  The core program consists of:

  • Live instructional sessions led by world-class business and academic experts, delivered via Internet-enabled video conference
  • Peer-led sessions focused on applying new learnings, developing soft skills, learning from outside experts and other participants, and building a pan-African peer network
  • Course activities – delivered through a highly-interactive 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, 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



The AWEC curriculum is designed to teach leadership, strategy, and business management skills in a logical and progressive manner, and is grouped thematically by quarter (3-month period). Each live session is led by a world-class business or academic expert and supported by a team of teaching assistants.

The four quarters will focus on:

  • Growing Your Business
  • Optimizing Your Business
  • Branding, Marketing and Sales
  • Leadership and Future Growth

Sample session topics include: developing business plans, understanding financial management tools, creating digital strategies, leveraging platform business models, optimizing products and services, accessing capital, and the future of innovation in Africa.


Key Dates for 2018-2019

31 January 2018 Application period opens
14 February 2018 Application period closes (11:59 pm GMT)
Early March 2018 Acceptance notifications sent
19 March 2018 Orientation opens
3 April 2018 AWEC Launch / Welcome Session (online video conference)
April 2018-March 2019 Core AWEC programming
September 2018 First Leadership Summit (Kigali, Rwanda)
March 2019 Second Leadership Summit (Cairo, Egypt)
3 April 2019 Final Live Session
April 2019 Certificates of Completion sent