The Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) South Africa Program 2022 for Women Entrepreneurs.


Application Deadline: May 3, 2022 at 11:59pm Central Africa Time (CAT).

The Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) is a U.S. Government initiative designed to empower 50 million women worldwide by 2025 to fulfil their economic potential. The U.S. Embassy in South Africa has partnered with the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) to implement the AWE South Africa program. AWE 2022 is a 16-week long online training program which provides women entrepreneurs business and management training, and helps them strengthen their network and grow as business leaders.

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

Eligibility Requirements

  • Women between 21 and 35 years of age and fluent in English  
  • Resident in one of the five AWE South Africa cities: Bloemfontein, Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, and Pretoria  
  • Must either have a feasible business idea or have been in business for no more than 2 years 
  • Not in full-time employment (please note this excludes self-employment)
  • Ability to participate in weekly group sessions and must be able to commit 5+ hours weekly to accomplish designated tasks  
  • Computer literacy and access to a computer


  • Enrolment in the DreamBuilder platform and expert facilitated virtual business management training and mentorship sessions  
  • Networking and peer learning opportunities with like-minded entrepreneurs  
  • A collaboratively developed and refined draft of your business plan  
  • A DreamBuilder certificate after completing the program  
  • Membership to the AWIEF Community 
  • Participants who graduate from the program gain automatic membership to the U.S. government-funded Exchange Alumni network which provides access to a robust network of support, including follow-on business opportunities, potential  seed funding, and a vast network of like-minded and highly regarded entrepreneurs across the country. 

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the AWE South Africa Program 2022


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