Africa women innovation
& Entrepreneurship Forum





Kigali, RWANDA

Thank you for joining us at AWIEF2023!

The annual AWIEF Conference and Awards once again brought together the African entrepreneurial ecosystem for impactful dialogue, a glittering awards ceremony, a multi-sector exhibition and lots of opportunities for networking. 

AWIEF2023 took place on 9 & 10 November 2023 at the Kigali Convention Centre, Kigali, Rwanda, in partnership with Rwanda’s Ministry of ICT and Innovation and Rwanda Convention Bureau.

Under the theme Leveraging the Power of the Digital Economy: Innovate,  Redefine, Empower, AWIEF2023 speakers and delegates explored ways to boost inclusivity, enhance partnerships, and empower the  contributions of women to the digital economy.

Highlights from AWIEF2023

Who attended AWIEF2023

    • Entrepreneurs, SMEs, and startups from across Africa and its diaspora
    • Government representatives
    • International and development/donor organisations
    • UN Agencies
    • Development Finance Institutions (DFIs) and Finance Institutions (FIs)
    • Investors
    • Business service providers
    • Enterprise development agencies/organisations
    • Corporates
    • Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)
    • Academia 
    • Media
    • Persons interested in Africa & International Development


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“As a country that understands the critical role of women in national development and transformation, Rwanda is delighted to host the 9th Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) Conference and Awards in November. We will be particularly interested in discussing practical solutions to accelerate Africa’s inclusive digital transformation and contribute to closing the gender gap.”

 H. E. Paula Ingabire, Minister of ICT and Innovation, Republic of Rwanda

AWIEF2023 Sponsors and Partners

Winners of 2023 AWIEF Awards announced

AWIEF announced the winners of the 2023 AWIEF Awards during a glamorous awards ceremony in Kigali, Rwanda.

The AWIEF Awards recognise, honour and celebrate women entrepreneurs and business owners across industry sectors, for their economic performance and contribution to Africa’s growth and social development. 

This year’s event unveiled the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award, bestowed on Fatma Samoura, FIFA Secretary General, in recognition of her outstanding leadership and contributions to the world of sport.

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Highlights from previous conferences