The US Mission launched its fifth edition of the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs in Nigeria, in partnership with Ascend Studios to empower 120 women in business.

In a statement, it disclosed that AWE would provide 120 women entrepreneurs with the knowledge, network, and access needed to launch and scale successful businesses.

According to the statement, the participants were selected from over 3,000 applicants from all regions of Nigeria, and already had start-up businesses focused on either technology, agriculture, or the creative industries.

It stated that AWE had assisted over 25,000 women in more than 80 countries over the past four years, including 770 Nigerian businesswomen.

The participants, it noted, would acquire entrepreneurial skills and join a strong AWE network that helped boost their companies and create jobs.

The annual six-week programme combined facilitated online business courses, via the DreamBuilder platform, developed by Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management, with mentoring from established women entrepreneurs.

Speaking at the virtual launch, Chargé d’Affaires, David Greene, congratulated the women participants and urged them to take what they learnt from the programme to grow their businesses, improve their lives, and contribute to the growth of Nigeria.

Describing how the AWE programme helped them grow their businesses, expand their networks, and access funding, three AWE alumnae also spoke at the virtual launch event.

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