Center for Global Enterprise

Changing Lives Through Skills Training, Mentorship, and Peer Networks

Africa leads the world in the number of women starting businesses, according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor.

Many experts, including the World Economic Forum and the World Bank, believe that the 21st century is Africa’s century and that its economic future is dependent on the success of women entrepreneurs.

However, these same experts and the Center for Global Enterprise agree that women entrepreneurs in Africa face barriers that threaten to stifle innovation and slow the growth needed to propel their businesses and local economies. These challenges include:
  • Unequal access to business education, management training
  • Lack of high-quality, affordable, and online learning options
  • Social norms and familial responsibilities
  • Lack of networking opportunities and peer groups
  • Unequal access to financial management training and capital

Changing Lives Through Skills Training, Mentorship, and Peer Networks

CGE developed the African Women Entrepreneurship Cooperative (AWEC) in response to those challenges and to feedback from African alumni of its online learning courses who requested more in-depth training on critical management topics, longer program engagement and mentorship, and a sustained peer network.
AWEC, a one-of-a-kind, 12-month training program that builds a pan-African community of women entrepreneurs and business owners, empowering them with strategy, leadership and business management skills needed for growth and economic advancement.


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