Apply to the 2021 Academy for Women Entrepreneurs South Africa

About the Opportunity

The U.S. Embassy in South Africa in partnership with Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) invites you to apply to the 2021 Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) South Africa program.

Currently in its third year, another 125 participants will be selected nationwide for the 2021 cohort. This brings total participation in the program to 300 young South African women entrepreneurs, who will have received training and mentorship in what has become a highly competitive entrepreneurship program.

Application Deadline

July 11, 2021

AWE is currently implemented in more than 50 countries across the globe. The program supports the growth of women entrepreneurs by equipping them with the practical skills, resources, mentorship, and networks needed to create sustainable businesses and enterprises. AWE is centered around DreamBuilder, an online training platform for women’s entrepreneurship developed by the Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management in partnership with the global copper mining company Freeport-McMoRan.

The Academy for Women Entrepreneurs SA will be run as a virtual program from August to December 2021

Who qualifies to apply?

  • 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

  • Must be computer literate and have access to a computer

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Contact Details

Tel: +27 21 826 8878


U.S. Embassy in South Africa

877 Pretorius St

Arcadia, Pretoria

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