Applications are currently opened for The African Women Entrepreneurship Cooperative (AWEC) ‘s inaugural Entrepreneur Training Programme.
The African Women Entrepreneurship Cooperative (AWEC), a flagship initiative of US non-profit the Centre for Global Enterprise (CGE) opened applications for the Programme last month and will close on 14 February.
The 12 month programme which is free aims to build a pan-African community of female entrepreneurs, endowing them with strategy, leadership and business management skills necessary for growth and economic advancement.
According to AWEC managing director Karen Sippel, the programme had received close to 600 applications within 15 hours of applications opening.
Sippel said some of the applications were from Botswana, Congo, Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and South Africa.
In an earlier release, she described AWEC as an inclusive programme and encouraged women from across Africa and the African diaspora to apply.
She said “We welcome not only the savvy business woman who has successfully run her company for many years and needs additional management skills to scale, but also the employee who has identified a need in her society and aspires to build a company to meet that need.
“We hope that AWEC is the spark that enables the next great generation of African women entrepreneurs,” she added.
Speaking further on the programme CGE president Christopher Caine said, “We heard a clear message from alumni of our global learning programmes that they need more equal access to business learning, mentorship, and a strong peer network.
“This has proven to be particularly true for women entrepreneurs across Africa, who faces a unique set of barriers, including societal pressures, unequal business networking opportunities, and a sense of confidence in their abilities,” he added.
- Live video learning sessions conducted by seasoned business and academic experts.
- Mentoring and coaching from mid-career and senior business professionals.
- Participation in peer sessions that develop soft skills and aim to build a pan-African peer network.
- Well packaged programme course activities delivered via an online learning platform and structured in a way that encourages knowledge application and cross-cultural collaboration.
- AWEC participants will get access to leadership summits to be held twice a year in Africa where they can look forward to in-person training and networking opportunities.
Interested candidates can apply here