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APPLY NOW for the Pan African Women Empowerment Network (PAWEN) 2021 Aspiring Entrepreneurs Program.

Application Deadline: February 12, 2021

 The foundation of a building is a major part of the building that supports its weight and should be built with care because it determines how strong and firm the building will stand.

The Aspiring Entrepreneurs Programme (AEP) was birthed to equip aspiring women entrepreneurs with the Competence, Confidence and Connections to build a strong foundation for their businesses. Participants receive practical knowledge and guidance on how move from idea to startup using a framework that will improve long-term sustainability and profitability of their businesses


Women who are

  • Citizens of any African country
  • Career professionals or students who want to transition to becoming Entrepreneurs
  • Entrepreneurs that need a framework to evaluate opportunities, manage startup, and finance new ventures.
  • Entrepreneurs that want to revisit their business models to enable them become profitable and sustainable

Aspiring Entrepreneurs Program 2021

The 2021 AEP Program will be in two Phases

Phase 1: 

This will run from March – May 2021 and will empower selected participants with a comprehensive training adapted from a curriculum designed by an International Organisation and  deployed successfully in over 100 countries. Sessions will be  facilitated by experienced African entrepreneurs and faculty members of leading Business Schools. Mentors will  work with participants helping them to navigate the business landscape with less challenges

Phase 2

This will run from June – August 2021 and will further develop the competencies of the most promising 50 entrepreneurs from phase 1 with practical one-on-one business coaching from experienced entrepreneurs to help them launch and grow their businesses successfully. These 50 entrepreneurs have an opportunity to pitch for start-off grants and other funding.

How is the program Structured

The curriculum is structured to include the following activities every month:

  • Webinars
  • Group Mentoring Sessions
  • Peer review Sessions
  • Book and Article Reviews
  • Assignments
  • Individual coaching sessions (Phase 2 only)


  • Practical Knowledge to help you start-up and grow your business
  • Network of women to help and support you
  • Mentoring from successful women entrepreneurs across Africa
  • Resources to help you grow and scale your business
  • Opportunity to network and collaborate with other African women and access startup grants.


January 12, 2021: Application Portal Opens

February 12, 2021: Application Portal Closes

February 24, 2021: Notification email to successful applicants

March 1,  2021: Onboarding of successful applicants

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the PAWEN 2021 Aspiring Entrepreneurs Program.

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