The United States Mission has launched the third cohort of the Lagos edition of the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), a US government initiative that supports women entrepreneurs around the world.
Working with local partner, Ascend Studios Foundation, founded by Inya Lawal, an alumna of the Fortune-US Department of State Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership program, the US Mission is supporting the training of 250 women entrepreneurs selected from a pool of over 15,700 applicants, representing a cross-section of industries, from fashion and textiles to health and agri-business.
Talking during the virtual program, US Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Kathleen FitzGibbon, clarified that the AWE was intended to engage female business visionaries to satisfy their financial potential, making conditions for expanded steadiness, security, and thriving for all.
She communicated the US government’s proceeding with obligation to supporting ladies to break boundaries, acquire monetary and monetary autonomy, and make pathways to flourishing.
“At the point when ladies are financially enabled, they re-put resources into their families and networks, reinforcing the social structure holding the system together and schooling and ability levels of the labor force. This multiplier impact spikes financial development and improves steadiness,” Chargé FitzGibbon said.
A 2019 alumni of the program, Jumoke Olowookere, imparted her example of overcoming adversity to the new members.
“The AWE program associated me to the right organizations and assets and my fantasies became greater. Today, as an upcycling business visionary, I am the author of Nigeria’s first waste historical center, “Olowookere clarified.
Throughout the following three months, members will approach the DreamBuilder stage, a mixed business instructional class created through an association between Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management and worldwide copper mining organization Freeport-McMoRan.
What’s more, members will associate with organizations of business pioneers, ladies business people and tutors who will work with examples identified with business the board, for example, planning strategies and raising capital. Past learning in the institute, they will keep on being tutored and urged to share, learn, and network with AWE graduated class and individuals from their associate.
To increase the current record of activities zeroed in on ladies and financial strengthening, the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) set up the AWE program in 2019. A sum of 220 ladies business people took part in the 2019 and 2020 companions of the U.S. Office Lagos AWE program.