African Women Entrepreneurship Cooperative (AWEC) 2021 – COHORT 4

African Women Entrepreneurship Cooperative

Application for 2021 African Women Entrepreneurship Cooperative (AWEC) is now open. AWEC is the accelerant behind hundreds of African entrepreneurs, whose businesses have evolved and grown. They are looking for the next 200 women who are prepared to join cohort 4 for an applied learning experience of high impact.

This program is designed for African businesswomen who desire to enhance their skills, expand their network and build lifelong connections.


Women who are:

  • Founders of businesses that have been in operation for at least two years in any industry and have at least two employees (either full time or part-time) OR women who have a strong business concept and plan to launch their business within the next year
  • Founders of social enterprises are encouraged to apply; founders of NGOs or nonprofit organizations are no longer eligible for the 12-month program
  • Citizens 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
  • Able to regularly (at least weekly) access the Internet through a computer or tablet

What to Expect

This program is rigorous and time-intensive. Fellows should expect to:

  • Spend an average of 4 to 6 hours per week participating in AWEC activities, primarily online
  • Participate in at least one AWEC activity per week throughout the program, including Zoom-enabled meetings
  • Be challenged, stretched, and inspired as they acquire new knowledge
  • Develop skills, build their peer network, and transform their businesses
  • Be matched with a mentor and to take ownership of their mentor/mentee relationship
  • Be introduced to a peer group, and actively contribute to group discussions and activities
  • Gain access to a program advisor from whom they can seek support when needed
  • Respond to periodic surveys to improve the overall experience


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

  • Form connections with a diverse network of African women entrepreneurs
  • Establish a relationship with a senior business mentor
  • Strengthen strategy, leadership and business management skills
  • Gain skills in finance, marketing, and strategy needed to grow and scale their enterprise
  • Develop a toolkit of soft skills, including self-confidence, resilience, collaboration, and cross-cultural communications


January 31, 2021: Application portal closes.

How to apply

Ensure you read and follow all instructions carefully throughout the application process. If you are interested, you can start your application via AWEC portal before it closes on Sunday, January 31, 2021

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