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Apply Today! U.S. Consulate announces Application for 2021 Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE)



The U.S. Consulate General in Lagos and Ascend Studios Foundation have partnered to implement the 2021 Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), a U.S. Government initiative that supports women entrepreneurs around the world, now in its third year.

Diverse Participation
200 participants will be selected from the 17 states of southern Nigeria for the 2021 cohort. To support the comprehensive rehabilitation and reintegration of returned migrants, 50 female returnees will also take part in the program.

Alumni Status
As part of this highly competitive entrepreneurship program, participants who graduate from the AWE 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.

Why AWE?
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.

U.S. Consulate Public Affairs Officer Stephen Ibelli said;

“Women have a key role to play in Nigeria’s future prosperity…as we have seen time and time again, when women do better, countries do better, communities do better, and families do better.”

Facilitators and Structure of AWE Program
Leading local business leaders will help facilitate the intensive program 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, 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.”

How to Apply
Female entrepreneurs interested in participating in the AWE program can apply at no cost by filling out the application form via

The application portal is now open and closes on July 15, 2021.
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  1. Ukwuoma Preciousnora Olachi

    July 9, 2021 at 3:01 pm

    This is really a new beginning and I wish to be among the Selected candidates.

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  3. Betty Owusu Afriyie

    July 10, 2021 at 1:51 pm

    Please I studied business administration in the field of marketing and I will be glad if I m offered this opportunity to enhance my entrepreneurship skills thanks ??

  4. Binpe

    July 10, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    Why only southern states. Not fair to us in the north

  5. Vivian

    July 10, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    Please is this for real? I am highly interested. This is a big opportunity

  6. Taiwo Ifefolapo Ajayi

    July 11, 2021 at 6:54 am

    This is a great opportunity and I would like to be choosing.

  7. Oxioma

    July 11, 2021 at 7:09 am

    I will like to be among please

  8. Ene Nevic Ogbe

    July 11, 2021 at 8:21 pm

    This is a good one for female yokes ..

  9. Christopher Osayemen Rita

    July 12, 2021 at 8:07 am

    Thanks for this great opportunity

  10. Tochi Ogbedeto

    July 12, 2021 at 10:37 am

    I have applied 4days ago yet to receive an email confirming that my application was accepted or not.
    Thank you.

  11. Sarah Akumbo Agwom

    July 13, 2021 at 8:26 am

    This is wonderful. May God bless these visionary minds and increase you. I am an African Nigerian woman with the interest of rural women who do not have the opportunity of information such as this that will benefit them as they are good Entrepreneurs. Some of them are not educated but are highly creative with busy hands. At our own end I wish to be a voice for our women. Greatful for this opportunity.

  12. Eugenia Igyuh

    July 15, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    Very good opportunity for women entrepreneurs, unfortunately I am from the North.
    Hopefully there will be a similar opportunity to us later?

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