4th Africa Women Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum

8-9 November 2018 | CTICC | Cape Town | South Africa

About the Event

Empowering female entrepreneurs has to be the lead in the journey towards sustainable economic development. AWIEF is Africa’s #1 female entrepreneurship conference & exhibition bringing together over 1,200 female entrepreneurs, thought leaders, industry experts, academics, development organisations, and investors in a combined effort to accelerate the growth of women-owned businesses for Africa’s inclusive economic growth.

Under the theme “Unleashing ideas: innovation, sustainability and enterprise growth”, AWIEF 2018 features keynotes, highly interactive panel sessions, exhibitions, masterclasses, high-profile and quality networking, B2B matchmaking and a Pitch n Grow™ for our 2018 Growth Accelerator powered by Nedbank. The event will end on a high note with the 2018 AWIEF awards celebrating game changers in various sectors across the continent.

Partners

Growth Accelerator

AWIEF’s flagship Growth Accelerator Programme for business linkages and investment readiness allows entrepreneurs to pitch their businesses in an audience of business leaders, investors and public sector decision-makers. The 12/16-week training programme supports early-growth-stage women-owned and women-led enterprises in diverse sectors with the business modelling and growth strategy needed to scale, become investment ready and develop entrepreneurship leadership.

Connect your business, promote and form new partnerships with our Africa-wide female entrepreneurs and trade directory.

Past Winners

FemBioBiz 11 Acceleration Programme

FemBioBiz 11 Accelerator Programme, in partnership with NEPAD / SANBio, funded by BioFISA 11 Programme build and supports the growth of an ecosystem and network of women-owned / led businesses in the health and agricultural biotech and other technologies with impact on health, nutrition and food security. The programme supports deal-making and creates a peer-to-peer network among the female bio-entrepreneurs.

#VALUE4HER: Strengthening women’s agribusiness enterprises in Africa

Women are actors in numerous agricultural value chains, offering huge potential for their participation in markets, but few are involved in the business end of the chain. Women often lack access to competitive markets; they lack the technical, leadership and management capacities to lead agribusiness for growth and are often limited in accessing business intelligence necessary to prosper in a market place. Women also experience other gender-related barriers, including access to finance, to help grow their businesses and enable them to compete more effectively in the market.

#AWIEFBUSINESSNETWORKING

In celebration of Women’s Month 2018 and Women Entrepreneurs in Africa, the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) in partnership with Nedbank has invited some of Africa’s most admired and influential thought leaders in the private and public sectors to share insights and dialogue on the role women play in innovation and transformation. 

Each year the AWIEF Awards recognise, honour and celebrate Women Entrepreneurs and Business Owners in Africa across various industry sectors, for their economic performance and contribution to Africa’s growth and social development. AWIEF salutes these women for their passion and determination in making a difference in their countries and on the continent.

AWIEF Global Partnership Programme (GPP)

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. Global Strategic Partnerships with organizations such as UN Women and African Development Bank enables AWIEF to effectively drive the agenda for women in business.

UN WOMEN session on preferential procurement for women-owned businesses

As 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. Global Strategic Partnerships with organisations such as UN Women and African Development Bank enables AWIEF to effectively drive the agenda for women in business.

AWIEF Highlights

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