Registration is now open for the 2022 edition of the Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum, the continent’s leading women and entrepreneurship conference and awards event, as we head to North Africa for the first time. 

AWIEF2022 will take place on 26 and 27 September on-site at The Nile Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Cairo, Egypt, and online via our virtual event platform, co-organised by the Egyptian Businessmen’s Association (EBA) and in partnership with Egypt’s Ministry of International Cooperation.

Now in its 8th year, the annual AWIEF conference brings together more than 1,300 entrepreneurs, start-ups, thought leaders, policymakers, international development partners, investors, CSOs, academia, and media for dialogue and discussions on issues of women empowerment, entrepreneurship, investing, technology, and innovation in Africa.

AWIEF2022 is a platform where issues will be debated and new ideas explored.The event offers participants and stakeholders an opportunity to engage, connect and build new business relationships on the sidelines of thought-provoking conference sessions, while the AWIEF Awards recognise and celebrate excellence in African female entrepreneurship and innovation.

The theme for this year’s hybrid event is Advancing Africa Through Gender Integration.

Past AWIEF speakers and attendees have included, amongst others:

  • Former country presidents and vice presidents
  • African ministers and deputy ministers
  • Ambassadors
  • Mayors
  • C-suite industry and corporate business leaders
  • Policymakers
  • Heads of international organisations/UN Agencies
  • International development partners
  • Innovators and business experts
  • And various high-level representatives from academia, business, diplomatic missions and other public and private sector leaders from across Africa and beyond.

Past AWIEF partners/sponsors have included:

  • African Development Bank (AfDB)
  • MTN Business
  • Shell
  • Nedbank
  • Afreximbank
  • Bank of Industry Nigeria
  • Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC)
  • Lagos State Government
  • City of Cape Town
  • Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA)
  • Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA-EU)
  • Technology and Innovation Agency (TIA) South Africa
  • APO Group
  • And various public and private sector bodies and development agencies.

Why attend AWIEF2022?

  • LEARN from high-profile speakers, industry giants and decision-makers
  • CONNECT and NETWORK with key sector players and professionals across Africa and beyond
  • SHOWCASE your business to a captive audience in a digital expo booth; interact and gain valuable customers (Email us on if you would like to participate as a Sponsor or Exhibitor)
  • FREE delegate attendance

Who should attend AWIEF2022?

  • C-suite level corporate professionals
  • Entrepreneurs/start-ups
  • Diplomatic sector
  • Business service providers
  • International Development partners
  • International Organisations/UN Agencies
  • CSOs & NGOs
  • Investment & financial services experts
  • Government representatives and policymakers
  • Media
  • Academia

For more information about AWIEF2022 or to discuss sponsorship, marketing and exhibition opportunities, please contact