Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE)

Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), you women from Kampala, Kabarole, Mbale, Lira and surrounding districts interested in business? Apply to the academy for women entrepreneurs(AWE)!

The U.S. Embassy Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) launched the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs(AWE), an initiative supporting women entrepreneurs around the world.

Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) in support of the White House-led Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative(W-GDP), will equip women with the practical skills needed to create sustainable businesses and enterprises. AWE is committed to providing women with the knowledge, tools, and networks that they need to turn their ideas into a successful businesses. Through facilitated online learning, women in Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, as well as Papua New Guinea and Spain will further their business skills, network with mentors, and see their ideas into reality. AWE seeks to promote collective economic prosperity and global stability by creating a holistic, inclusive learning community to advance the development of women with brilliant ideas into successful entrepreneurs.

They grow East African Good Businesses. They are building a movement of allies, including entrepreneurs, experts, advisors, investors, professionals, business leaders and more, who collectively advance Good Businesses. They advance Good Businesses by changing mindsets and behaviors of ourselves, entrepreneurs, our network and our external environment.

Description of target businesses

  • Kampala district: Operating in the Creative Sector including but not limited to: Advertising & Marketing; Architecture; Art & Crafts; Design: Product, graphic & fashion design; Film, TV productions, TV, Video, Radio & Photography; Publishing; Music, Performing & Visual arts; Galleries; IT, Software & Computer services, for Kampala district.
  • Kabarole, Mbale & Lira districts: Operating in the technology sector or whose businesses utilize technology for a significant aspect of their work, including digital sales, marketing, payments or in their operation

What you should be interested in?

  • Business training to acquire new business knowledge and skills
  • Access to capital
  • Access to markets
  • Growing their networks
  • Growing their business
  • A certificate of accomplishment




Business training

  • Acquiring new business knowledge and skills from the facilitated Dreambuilder program
  • Learning from your peers(other entrepreneurs) and a curated list of speakers and SHONA Experts
  • Understanding the fundamentals of developing and scaling a business.
  • Exposure to US models for business development


  • Access to funding from the United States African Development Foundation(USADF) – details to be confirmed
  • Access to funding from the SHONA Loan Facility, investing 12-month uncollateralized loans of between USD 1,000(Ugx. 3.5 million) – USD 10,000(Ugx. 35 million)


  • Joining the US Embassy Network including: alumni of US government exchange programs, other AWE alumni, local American business experts, business experts from the Ugandan branches of American companies and others.
  • Access to markets
  • Access to additional Business Development Support services, including SHONA’s programs


  • Are aged 25 – 40 years
  • Have 1 – 5 years of business experience
  • Own or manage a business that is for profit and legally registered either with Uganda Registration Services Bureau (URSB) and/or local authorities.
  • Have the potential to expand and grow your business with our support
  • Are fluent in English
  • Are computer literate and have reliable access to an internet-connected computer or smartphone

Eligible Regions: Kampala, Kabarole, Mbale, Lira and surrounding districts

Application Deadline: December 17, 2021 (4 Days Remaining)

In case of any inquiries, please contact David Nahabwe – [email protected]


  • Fill up the application form.
  • Strong applications will have well-thought-out answers of between 200-250 words.

Mark Griffith

Phd student. I am researching: Scholarships, Fellowships, interships, workshops, volunteers, government subsidies etc.

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