The Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE)

The Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) is an award-winning training and coaching platform specifically designed for women microbusiness owners. It 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.

Who can participate?

  • Kenyan women entrepreneurs, aged 25 to 45, who reside in Nairobi.
  • Seeking to grow their business and have at least 2–3 years of entrepreneurial experience.
  • Commitment to scale their business or explore international trade.
  • Commit to actively participate in all program components and impact assessments.
  • Have basic computer skills and access to the internet.
  • Own and/or lead a business with demonstrated potential for growth.
  • Must be able to commit on average five hours per week to AWE both physically and virtually as required by the program.
  • Have a good understanding of both written and spoken English.

Women who hold elected or appointed government positions are not eligible for this program.