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Empowering women to unleash their entrepreneurial potential

Empowering women to unleash their entrepreneurial potential

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA is running the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), an initiative supporting women entrepreneurs around the world. Purse on Point Africa partnered with the U.S Public Affairs Section in Zimbabwe to implement the program.

The Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) gives enterprising women the knowledge, networks and access they need to launch and scale successful businesses. By promoting women’s economic opportunities and ensuring that women have the capabilities and resources needed to participate in the economy, the AWE program directly supports the U.S. National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality. At a local level, AWE harnesses the power of public-private sponsors, local partnerships and U.S. Exchange Alumni networks to help women and their businesses grow, driving localized prosperity in communities in more than 80 countries worldwide

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Our Mission

Our Mission

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to promote friendly and peaceful relations. We accomplish this mission through academic, cultural, sports, and professional exchanges that engage youth, students, educators, artists, athletes, and rising leaders in the United States and more than 160 countries.

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State fosters mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to promote friendly and peaceful relations. We accomplish this mission through academic, cultural, sports, and professional exchanges that engage youth, students, educators, artists, athletes, and rising leaders in the United States and more than 160 countries.

The AWE academy partners includes some of the world’s leading organizations who are committed to supporting our mission. We work together to provide resources and opportunities for you to reach your goals.

We are highly skilled professionals in business, technology, marketing and more; all dedicated to helping you reach your goals. Together we are a powerful force for female entrepreneurs across the world.

Thubelihle Ndlovu
AWE Program Implementor and Coordinator
Patience Ziramba
Facilitator – Bulawayo
Wadzanai Chimhepo
Facilitator – Mutare
Nicolle Shana
Facilitator – Harare
Muriel Kutadzaushe
Administrator

Frequently asked questions

Frequently asked questions

U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world coordinate implementation, including identifying partners, facilitators, mentors, and participants. Public and private-sector partner organizations support, supplement, and localize the AWE experience by providing networks and enrichment opportunities.

Currently, AWE operates in more than 50 countries.

Provide resources for women to engage in U.S-style online education with guided facilitation and localization from ECA alumni, local women business leaders, or other local partners.
Foster partnerships that support AWE participants’ access to peer-to-peer mentorship, business partners, and scaling opportunities with businesses in the region and in the United States.
Enable access to a wide range of on-going programs tailored to women’s economic empowerment to expand the effects of AWE participation.

U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world coordinate implementation, including identifying partners, facilitators, mentors, and participants. Public and private-sector partner organizations support, supplement, and localize the AWE experience by providing networks and enrichment opportunities.

There are a few components that differentiate AWE from DreamBuilder:

AWE is a facilitated experience. The key is that facilitators localize the basic principles within each DreamBuilder module and illustrate the concepts with relevant examples and additional engagements. For the course itself, and by extension the participants, there is the option of completing the course individually or as a group.
AWE facilitators are specialized and must participate in an AWE Facilitator Training. Because of the kind of experience we are trying to curate with AWE, it is crucial that facilitators have the ability to share, learn, and continue tailoring implementation to meet the needs of their unique target audience.
An AWE cohort must meet in-person or virtually on a regular basis and should include around 60 women. People learn better in a nurturing, supportive environment. Coordinated in-person meetings allow each cohort to develop networks of support and mutual interest. As the world navigates the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual alternatives are being developed in real time to continue engagement. You have the option of implementing multiple cohorts in various places and/or in one place to extend reach, depending on various partnership models and operating costs.
AWE includes additional engagements to significantly enhance the experience. DreamBuilder does not include country-specific topics, such as registering a business and paying taxes. In addition, there may be skills (public speaking, digital marketing, etc.) or networks (Chambers of Commerce, business leaders, etc.) that would be of use to AWE participants and opportunities such as visits to local businesses, special guest speakers, and pitch competitions to facilitate. We encourage Posts to be mindful and creative in incorporating these types of opportunities into their curated AWE model.
For people not participating in AWE but interested in DreamBuilder, you can access the free course on www.dreambuilder.org.

AWE is specifically designed for women taking part in a facilitated experience hosted by U.S Embassies and Consulates participating in AWE.

Yes, women between the ages of 20 and 40 years can apply for the program.

Participation in AWE is merit-based. Each potential candidate must apply on https://awe.forms.fm/2021. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for a panel interview. Candidates are selected based on a variety of factors, that may include (but are not limited to) education levels, business feasibility, personal leadership ability, and track record of your work in the creative space or supporting roles).