Harare, September 6, 2019: Today, the United States Embassy officially announced the launch of the Zimbabwe edition of the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), a White House initiative to support women entrepreneurs globally. Through the academy, 100 participants from Harare, Bulawayo and Mutare aged 18-35 will receive personalized business mentorship, as well as professional knowledge, tools and networks, in order to turn their ideas into successful business enterprises.
The program will be implemented through Act in Africa, with alumni and social entrepreneur trainers led by Irene Chikumbo, a YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship alumnus. Chikumbo will work with four facilitators to conduct the trainings in three cities- Harare, Bulawayo and Mutare. In addition to the social entrepreneurship modules, participants watch and discuss modules online from the Thunderbird Business School. Through an inclusive learning community, participants will have opportunities to explore the fundamentals of business, such as preparing business plans, obtaining capital and connecting with networks of successful businesswomen. These fundamentals will help participants build a better future for their families and communities. The six-month program culminates in a competition in which participants will compete for seed money to start or grow their businesses.
Zimbabwe is one of 10 African countries chosen for the pilot phase of the academy. AWE reinforces the White House’s Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, which provides women all over the world with the necessary practical skills to create sustainable businesses.
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