U.S. Consulate Announces Application For 2021 Academy For Women Entrepreneurs


The U.S. Consulate General in Lagos and Ascend Studios Foundation have partnered to implement the 2021 Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE).

AWE is a U.S. government initiative that supports women entrepreneurs around the world, now in its third year.

A statement issued by the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos explained that 200 participants will be selected from the 17 states of southern Nigeria for the 2021 cohort.

The project is meant to support the comprehensive rehabilitation and reintegration of returned migrants while the programme will also feature 50 female returnees.

As part of this highly competitive entrepreneurship programme, participants who graduate from the AWE will gain automatic membership to the U.S. government exchange alumni community, providing access to a vast network of like-minded and highly regarded professionals across the country.

“Women’s meaningful economic participation is integral to achieving greater security and stability around the world.

“The AWE initiative is a great opportunity for Nigerian women entrepreneurs to gain university-level business and management training, strengthen their networks, and grow sustainable businesses.

“Women have a key role to play in Nigeria’s future prosperity,” U.S. Consulate Public Affairs Officer Stephen Ibelli said.

“As we have seen time and time again, when women do better, countries do better, communities do better, and families do better.”

The statement added that leading local business leaders will help facilitate the intensive programme scheduled to run from July to September 2021.

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.

Chief Executive Officer of Ascend Studios Foundation, Ms. Inya Lawal, said “We are delighted that the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos has partnered with us to implement this program, the largest yet. AWE is a transformative initiative that is helping women in Nigeria build and sustain their businesses; the opportunities that come from this program are immense.”

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Female entrepreneurs interested in participating in the AWE programme can apply at no cost by filling out the application form via https://bit.ly/applyawe2021.

The application portal is now open and closes on July 15, 2021.

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