The Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) and the Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) initiative of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB) have joined forces to drive increased access to finance and markets for women-owned and women-led small and medium enterprises (WSMEs) across Southern, East and West Africa.
The programme “Solutions Catalysing Increased Access to Capital for the Success of Women Entrepreneurs” aims to accelerate efforts to address gender inequality and drive inclusive economic transformation.
510 growth-oriented WSMEs will be supported for scale, access to markets and investment readiness across 8 African countries: Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Zambia, Rwanda, Malawi, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe.
The two-year programme creates a profitable pipeline of investable businesses ready to access finance.

Programme Components

Call for Applications for 2022 Cohort

Applications are invited from WSMEs for participation in any one of these programme components: AWIEF Growth Accelerator; eCommerce Capacity Development; Digital Skills.

All registered participants will have access to the mentorship platform.

Selection Criteria

WSMEs registered and operating in: Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Zambia, Rwanda, Malawi, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe.

To submit your application, click here.

The deadline for submission is Monday, 18 July 2022 at 11:59pm Central Africa Time (CAT). Applications will only be accepted through the link above.

Programme Timeline for 2022 Cohort

Applications open: 20 June 2022
Applications close: 18 July 2022
Recruitment of participants: July – August 2022
Training: September – December 2022
Contact us at +27 (0)21 826 8878 or info@awieforum.org for any enquiries.