AWIEF is a not-for-profit economic empowerment organisation for all African women and girls. We are a Pan-African business networking, information and equal opportunity platform for women business owners and entrepreneurs, innovators, and social enterprises. AWIEF advocates women equality and empowerment as drivers of development and strives to foster enhanced economic participation and opportunities for women to fast-track Africa’s transformation and inclusive sustainable growth.
EMPOWERING AFRICAN WOMEN
CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT, TECHNICAL
ASSISTANCE AND RESOURCES
NETWORKING AND MENTORSHIP
Our Core Strategies for Change and Impact
- Policy advocacy and systems change
- Entrepreneurial skills development and capacity-building
- Technical assistance
- Knowledge creation and business support services
- Partnerships, alliances and collaborations
Congratulations to our 2017 AWIEF Awards Winners
Each year the AWIEF Awards recognise, honour and celebrate Women Entrepreneurs and Business Owners in Africa across industry sectors for their economic performance and contribution to Africa’s growth and development. AWIEF salutes these women for their passion and determination in making a difference in their countries and on the continent.
Business Linkages and Investment Readiness Accelerator
The Africa Women Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) is hosting its flagship Growth Accelerator Programme for 2018, sponsored by Nedbank. AWIEF is seeking 25 ambitious, innovative and committed early-growth-stage South African women entrepreneurs, from a variety of sectors, looking for support to scale their businesses.
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What People Say
I think this is really a learning platform for us women and it is great that this is supported by government and women from everywhere.”
This Forum is needed for a number of reasons. Women need to network, women need to learn from women, women need to mentor women to be able to compare what they are thinking, their skills and their ideas, to be able to actualize their dreams and avoid the challenges and mistakes others have made.
This is really an important Forum… especially that I have met women from all over Africa. I have met women entrepreneurs in Africa that I didn’t even know existed, who are doing amazing things.
Technology is a means of mastering and controlling nature and environment for more productivity. This departure from the traditional nature to the new nature is the very essence of innovation and the driving force of entrepreneurship. As African women move into the new entrepreneurial space, the success of our efforts will be based on the level of technology we include in our businesses. Technology can be that accelerator that takes you from where you are to where you are going
The world is changing, there are new ways of doing business, interacting with one another. The question is what roles are women playing in all these changes? Are we seeing a lot of these changes being spear-headed by women? I don’t think so… I believe the time has come for African women to be the real agents of positive change.