The United States Consulate General in Lagos and Ascend Studios Foundation have partnered to implement the 2021 Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE). The Initiative, which is the U.S. Government’s, supports women entrepreneurs around the world.


This disclosure was made by the US Consulate, via a statement issued on Tuesday.


Understanding AWE

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.”



The consulate stated, “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.



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 it matters

It was explained that women’s meaningful economic participation was integral to achieving greater security and stability around the world.


U.S. Consulate Public Affairs Officer, Stephen Ibelli, said:


“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.


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


What To Expect

Leading local business leaders will help facilitate the intensive program scheduled to run from July to September 2021.


Also, 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.


How To Apply

Female entrepreneurs interested in participating in the AWE program are expected to apply at no cost by filling out the application form.



Application Deadline: 15th July, 2021

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