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2020 Academy For Women Entrepreneurs Nigeria Program

Academy For Women Entrepreneurs Program

Deadline: November 8th, 2020

The United States Consulate General in Lagos has announced a call for applications for the 2020 Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) Nigeria program .

The Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) is an initiative of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) developed to support the White House-led Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative aimed at supporting women entrepreneurs around the world. AWE aims to empower 50 million women worldwide by 2025 to fulfill their economic potential, creating conditions for increased stability, security, and prosperity for all. 

The United States Consulate Acting Public Affairs Officer Jennifer Foltz explained that the goal of the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs is to teach women around the world to become successful entrepreneurs.    

According to her, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the global economy, the U.S. Consulate General aims to work with the AWE participants to develop their businesses.  

“One of the U.S. government’s goals is to promote entrepreneurship worldwide. 

Through the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs, we are doing just that by giving ambitious business women the skills they need to take their ventures to the next level. For this year’s program, we encourage motivated and self-driven female entrepreneurs to apply,” Acting Public Affairs Officer Foltz said.  

Details of Award

  • The U.S. Consulate General has partnered with Ascend Studios Foundation to administer this program. The Chief Executive Officer of Ascend Studios Foundation, Ms. Inya Lawal, said

“We are excited that the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos has partnered with us for the second time to implement this important program tailored for women’s economic empowerment.”

“With the challenges and opportunities the COVID-19 pandemic has presented, a lot more women are looking for new ways to pivot their businesses, and AWE is on the lookout for such women.”  

  • Leading local business leaders will help facilitate the workshops.  In addition, participants will receive access to DreamBuilder, a blended business-training course developed through a partnership between Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management and global copper mining company Freeport-McMoRan.  
  • The first edition of the 120 program was held in Lagos in September 2019.   For the second annual AWE, female entrepreneurs will be selected from across southern Nigeria to receive virtual and in-person training and mentoring.
  • To support the comprehensive rehabilitation and reintegration of returned migrants, 20 female returnees will also be selected to take part in the program making it a total of 140 Female entrepreneurs.  
  • The AWE program 2020 is scheduled to run from November 2020 to March 2021. Successful applicants will receive lessons on business management, network with like-minded entrepreneurs and mentors, and learn the practical skills required to create and run successful and sustainable businesses.  

How to Apply

Female entrepreneurs interested in participating in the AWE program can apply at no cost by filling out the AWE application form Here.

For more information, visit the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)

Deadline: November 8, 2020


  1. Mamah maryjane says:

    I have interest in business

    • Julieth Agbo says:

      Hi MJ, kindly click on the link in the “how to apply tab” to start your applications. I am also applying today.

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