The United States Consulate General in Lagos 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.
In the second annual AWE, 120 female entrepreneurs from across southern Nigeria will be selected to receive virtual and in-person training and mentoring. Also, 20 female returnees will be selected to take part in the program as part of a comprehensive rehabilitation and reintegration plan for returned migrants.
The program 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.
“One of the US government’s goals is to promote entrepreneurshipworldwide. 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,” Acting Public Affairs Officer Foltz said.
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 US Consulate General has partnered with Ascend Studios Foundation to administer this program.
Chief Executive Officer of Ascend Studios Foundation, Inya Lawal, said, “We are excited that the US Consulate General in Lagos has partnered with us for the second time to implement this vital 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.”
Apply at no cost by filling out the application form – shorturl.at/bqGT6
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