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U.S. Consulate Calls for Applications for 2022 AWE Program

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U.S. Consulate Invites 250 Women Entrepreneurs to Participate

By Jeph Ajobaju, Editor-in-Chief

Application to attend the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) 2022 is now open and will close on April 7, the US Consulate General in Lagos has announced.

AWE, a US government initiative, is advancing women’s economic empowerment and entrepreneurship in Nigeria and has trained over 520 female participants since its inception four years ago.

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Up to 250 female entrepreneurs will be selected for this year, and a tripartite agreement has been signed between the US Consulate General, Venture Garden Foundation (VGF) and Ascend Studios Foundation (ASF) to support the program.

AWE is part of the United States’ commitment to supporting women’s full and free participation in the Nigerian economy as they seek to thrive in the workforce, succeed as entrepreneurs, and create stability. and prosperity in their communities.

US Consulate Deputy Public Affairs Officer Jennifer Foltz, VGF Group Head Tesilimi Yusuf and ASF Inya Lawal signed a Statement of Intended Cooperation (SIC) to equip 250 Nigerian women with practical skills to build sustainable businesses through AWE .

Foltz reiterated at the event held at the American Corner in Ikeja that the successes of the AWE program illustrate how training can change lives, strengthen businesses, create jobs and empower women entrepreneurs.

“The Venture Garden Foundation team will bring a wealth of expertise and knowledge to the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs program in Nigeria,” she said.

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“We are confident that their contributions and engagement with AWE attendees will result in improved leadership, public speaking, time management, self-confidence, and fundraising options. ”

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From left to right: Yusuf, Foltz and Lawal at the signing of the agreement.

Importance of women’s contribution to the economy

Yusuf stressed the importance of supporting women to fully participate and contribute to the local and global economy.

“Technology makes business growth possible. As a technology company, our support of the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs will ensure that we help potential and emerging women entrepreneurs and business owners compete more effectively with a range of cutting-edge technology solutions,” he said. he declares.

Lawal explained that 250 participants will be selected for AWE 2022, a highly competitive entrepreneurship program that has graduated over 520 participants since its inception in Nigeria in 2018.

According to her, the AWE initiative is a great opportunity for Nigerian women entrepreneurs to gain a university education in business and management, strengthen their networks and develop sustainable businesses.

“We warmly welcome the Venture Garden Foundation to the AWE family. AWE is a transformative initiative that helps Nigerian women build and sustain their businesses; the opportunities that arise from this program are immense,” Lawal pointed out.

AWE graduates automatically become members of the US Government Alumni Community, providing access to a vast network of like-minded and highly valued professionals across Nigeria.

Applications are open until April 7.

Self-motivated, self-motivated women entrepreneurs and start-up business owners can apply at no cost by completing the application form via http://bit.ly/AWENIGERIA2022.

Apply now!