2020 African Women Entrepreneurship Cooperative (AWEC) Cohort 3 Program for African Women

Deadline: December 17, 2019.

The African Women Entrepreneurship Cooperative (AWEC) is a 12-month, high-touch leadership and management capacity building program. AWEC empowers women from across Africa and the diaspora with the knowledge and network needed to build resilient and scalable businesses. We use applied and collaborative learning models, enabling immediate business impact and cultivating a pan-African cooperative of entrepreneurs, experts, and allies. Our mission and impact are aligned with the UN’s SDGs focused on gender equality, economic empowerment, and high-quality learning opportunities. AWEC is a program created through the Center for Global Enterprise (CGE), a nonprofit and nonpartisan research institute focused on developing insights that help current and future business leaders build resilient enterprises.

AWEC was created to meet an expressed need for more equal access to sustained, high-quality leadership and business management learning opportunities, mentorship, and a pan-African peer network.  AWEC is unique in its inclusiveness, innovative learning approach, and content.

  • Technology-enabled Blended Learning: Innovative technology and program design allows us to serve women in real-time from across the continent and diaspora, both online and offline
  • Quality and Rigor: Fast-paced, 12-month program dives deeply on business, leadership, and management skills taught by global thought-leaders
  • Applied Learning: Learning topics are immediately applicable, not theoretical
  • Diverse Industries and Countries: Exposes cohort to an array of experiences and viewpoints
  • Women-only Cooperative: Supportive give-and-take learning and networking environment


Women who meet the following criteria are encouraged to apply:

  • Current or aspiring entrepreneurs working in any industry and in any country
  • Citizens of any African country, currently living on the continent or in the diaspora
  • Founders of for-profit or non-profit/NGO ventures
  • 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


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

  • Form connections with a diverse network of African women entrepreneurs
  • Establish relationship 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

OFFICIAL LINK: https://www.thecge.net/awec/apply/

  • Abiodun Ogbonlato December 4, 2019 9:54 am

    Pls, we need people to change d live of women in our country

  • Suh Nelson Neba December 4, 2019 11:01 am

    Keep up with the good works

  • SIMISADE Kuku December 5, 2019 5:34 am

    Age limitations?

  • Rose O Mulaah December 5, 2019 6:18 am

    Thanks for the Africa Women Life Transforming Programme for economic self reliance. How can women at grassroots access and benefit from the same and how.?

  • Opeyemi December 5, 2019 5:38 pm

    What about student?
    Can I join?

    • Oladiti Ghaniyat December 16, 2019 6:23 am

      Can a student join

  • Onyemaobi M.O December 5, 2019 5:40 pm

    This is a great opportunity for lucky Women in Africa

  • Isede Grace December 5, 2019 7:18 pm

    Age limit

  • Theresa Ndubuisi Elabor December 6, 2019 12:03 pm

    Very nice program

  • Nnaemeka Josephine December 6, 2019 1:50 pm

    Empowering women is no 1 priority. keep the move @ work. I like it

  • Faith Rufaro Lunga December 13, 2019 2:26 pm

    Great programme

  • Mariama Badjie December 13, 2019 4:09 pm

    I love this program because it something that will bring opportunity to women

  • vivien December 15, 2019 6:46 pm

    how do i join

  • Praise Eziedo December 17, 2019 12:47 pm

    This is a great program for women though I have filled my form but I still find it difficult to submit,

    The submit icon is faint, please I need help

  • Hajiya Hajara Momodu December 20, 2019 7:20 am

    I am late. Just seen the opportunity. I have been working caring for a critically ill relation and had no time to check my mails. How can I join now?

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