Africa women innovation
& Entrepreneurship Forum





Kigali, RWANDA

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Join us at Africa's premier women and entrepreneurship event

The annual AWIEF Conference and Awards will once again bring together the African entrepreneurial ecosystem for impactful dialogue, a glittering awards ceremony and gala dinner, a multi-sector exhibition and plenty of opportunities for B2B networking.

AWIEF 2023 takes 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.

The event aims to promote and accelerate MSMEs and SMEs advancement for Africa’s inclusive economic growth with a stellar line-up of global speakers tackling key issues of empowerment, entrepreneurship, technology, innovation, intra-Africa trade, investment, sustainable  development, food security and climate action.

Why attend AWIEF 2023?

Who should attend 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


“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

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Are you interested in the African startup, innovation, technology and entrepreneurship ecosystem? Align your brand with an award-winning organisation that is working to close the gender gaps by driving women’s business leadership. Connect with our highly engaged attendees including key industry experts, thought leaders, decision-makers and change makers from across  government, corporate and development sectors.


Showcase your  products and services, innovations and initiatives to stakeholders from a wide range of industry sectors and from more than 65 countries. AWIEF is a proven platform to forge valuable B2B connections and create new business opportunities. With a variety of exhibition stand sizes available, we welcome start-ups and SMEs, corporates, government departments and development agencies to join us as exhibitors.

AWIEF Awards and
Gala Dinner

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. 

The winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony and gala dinner on 10 November 2023 in Kigali, Rwanda, hosted by AWIEF and AWIEF Awards 2023 Headline Sponsor Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Nominations for the 2023 AWIEF Awards will open soon. Watch this space!

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Delegate pass to AWIEF 2023 Conference


Delegate pass + AWIEF Awards Ceremony & Gala Dinner


Delegate pass + AWIEF Awards Ceremony & Gala Dinner + Post-conference tours in Kigali

Rwanda flight, visa and hotel information

AWIEF has arranged discounted flight and accommodation rates for AWIEF2023 delegates travelling to Kigali, Rwanda, for our conference.

RwandAir, the Official Airline Partner for AWIEF2023, is offering delegates a 15% discount on air tickets. 

Please note that citizens of African Union, Commonwealth and La Francophonie member countries will obtain a 30-day free visa on arrival. All other visitors will get a visa upon arrival, at a fee.

Click on the link below for more information.


Highlights from previous conferences