The United States Consulate General announced a call for applications for the 2020 Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), a U.S. Government initiative that supports women entrepreneurs around the world.
According to a statement by the Consulate-General, 120 female entrepreneurs from across southern Nigeria would be selected for the second annual AWE, to receive virtual and in-person training and mentoring. Also, 20 female returnees will be selected to take part in the program, to support the comprehensive rehabilitation and reintegration of returned migrants.
The program which is scheduled to run from November 2020 to March 2021, will make sure the successful applicants receive lessons on business management, network with like-minded entrepreneurs and mentors. The successful applicants will also learn the practical skills required to create and run a business successfully as well as sustainability.
According to the United States Consulate Acting Public Affairs Officer, Jennifer Foltz, the goal of the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs was to teach women around the world to become successful entrepreneurs.
“One of the US government’s goals is to promote entrepreneurship worldwide. Through the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs, we are doing just that by giving ambitious businesswomen 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,” Foltz said.
Leading local business leaders will help facilitate the workshops. Additionally, 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 U.S. Consulate General has partnered with Ascend Studios Foundation to administer this program. 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.
November 8, 2020: Application portal closes.
How to apply
If you are interested, you can start your application by filling out the form before it closes on Sunday, November 8, 2020.