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Mary Olusoga

Mary Olushoga is founder of, a platform powering small business success for African entrepreneurs. Olushoga holds a bachelor's degree from Union College in Schenectady, New York, a Master of Science Degree from Baruch College and has served as a public policy fellow at the University at Albany, Center for Women in Government and Civil Society. A mix between a PR consultancy and small business development service, The AWP Network shares the startup stories of African entrepreneurs, organizes events, webinars and clinics, and creates opportunities to connect with business experts in the marketing, tech and HR fields. The AWP Network also offers agribusiness training for women farmers through a strategic partnership with the Planet Earth Institute and launched the DREAM Initiative, a program created to help secondary school students in Lagos to develop business plans. Both programs support the economic development and sustainability of African women and girls. Olushoga is the 2017 winner of the African Women Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum Empowerment award, the African Youth Excellence Award for her leadership in business and public service, a Vital Voices Global Leadership Fellow, the Union College Alumni Award for her service and dedication to her alma matter, an IndiAfrica Young Visionary Fellow, a Women4Africa International Media Woman of the Year, a Crans Montana 'New Leader', the first-ever GOOD Maker/Oxfam America International Women's Day Challenge Winner, a Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI) Associate, an Oxfam America Sisters on the Planet Ambassador and participated in the Sub-Saharan African Women In Public Service Fall Institute. Olushoga has featured on BBC World News, Black Enterprise,,, YNaija,, Sahara, AFK Insider, Applause Africa, BusinessDay Nigeria, The Guardian Nigeria, The Nation Nigeria, ARISE TV, BET Networks, and presented her work on women entrepreneurs at the UK House of Lords, Duke University, Yale University, Union College, the Columbia University Africa Economic Forum, the United States Department of Labor Strategy Meeting on Inclusion, Entrepreneurship, and Disability, W!se Institute, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, the United Nations ECOSOC Youth Employment Forum, and the Rockefeller Foundation Tech Salon. In addition to this, Olushoga writes for GE Ideas Lab,, The Guardian Nigeria and the Huffington Post. The AWP Network is proudly recognized as one of the leading organizations supporting African Women in Technology.

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