Looking for the Next 200

November 18, 2019

On Wednesday, 4 December 2019, AWEC will open a two-week application window for its transformative 12-month leadership and business management capacity building program

This program is designed for African women entrepreneurs seeking to expand their knowledge, increase their skills, broaden their network, and make a lifelong connections. 

Due to generous donor support, AWEC participants gain access to a year-long learning and networking experience at little to no cost to them. In place of a program fee, participants are expected to devote significant time and commitment to be active members of the Cooperative.

Transformational Experience

The AWEC program is fast-paced, rigorous and requires 4-6 hours of work per week, for one year. We strongly encourage applicants to evaluate their anticipated priorities – both professional and personal – from April 2020 to March 2021 to ensure that they will have the time and focus needed to fully participate in the program.

For those who put in the time, the result is nothing short of transformational. But don’t take our word for it. Hear straight from the women who have benefitted from our approach to empowering hundreds of women entrepreneurs from across the continent.

Find more stories of impact here.

Participant Profile

Women who meet the following criteria are encouraged to apply:

  • Current or aspiring entrepreneurs working in any industry and in any country
  • Citizen of any African country, currently living on the continent or in the diaspora
  • Comfortable with remote teamwork and collaboration, especially using digital tools
  • Proficient in verbal and written English
  • Regular (at least weekly) access to the Internet through a computer or tablet

AWEC does not have a minimum requirement for the number of years in business or revenue/turnover amounts. We encourage interested entrepreneurs at any stage of their venture to consider applying.

In the words of one of our current cohort members, “What are you waiting for? Apply yesterday!”

Visit our site to learn more about the program and how to apply.

Get Involved

Are you interested in helping AWEC fulfill its mission by serving as a mentor or subject matter expert? Mentors guide and advise participants over the course of the program by providing insights on business challenges, and subject matter experts lead our monthly Live Sessions (webinars focused on key business and management skills). We’d love to hear from you. Please send us a message at [email protected].  AWEC is a 100% donor-funded program operated through the Center for Global Enterprise, a nonprofit research institute based in the U.S. To help support our mission, please consider making an online donation.


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