Academy for Women Entrepreneurs - Cohort 6

Academy for Women Entrepreneurs - Cohort 6

Applications are now open for the 2024 Kenya Academy for Women Entrepreneurs. The U.S. Embassy Nairobi in partnership with Ushindi Empowerment Group, invites women entrepreneurs from Nairobi with at least 3 years’ experience seeking to scale their businesses or explore international trade to apply for the program. The objective is to provide business management training to Nairobi-based female entrepreneurs ready to scale their businesses. This cohort is supported by the UPS Foundation.

The Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) established the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) in 2019. AWE provides women entrepreneurs with the skills, resources, and networks needed to start and scale successful businesses. So far, AWE is in over 100+ countries, having reached over 25,000 women entrepreneurs’ globally.

Ushindi Empowerment Group is a community-based organization dedicated to transforming lives by empowering communities and marginalized groups.


  • Kenyan women entrepreneurs, aged 25 to 45, who reside in Nairobi.

  • Seeking to grow their business and have at least 2–3 years of entrepreneurial experience.

  • Commitment to scale their business or explore international trade.

  • Commit to actively participate in all program components and impact assessments.

  • Have basic computer skills and access to the internet.

  • Own and/or lead a business with demonstrated potential for growth.

  • Must be able to commit on average five hours per week to AWE both physically and virtually as required by the program.

  • Have a good understanding of
    both written and spoken English.

  • Women who hold elected or appointed government positions are not eligible for this program. (AWE Alumni are eligible to apply.)

    Program Benefits

    The AWE Program will enable you to: –

  • Gain access to the online business training platform –Dream builder

  • Specialized business management training and a growth plan for your business training

  • A dedicated one-on-one mentor to support you in your business growth planning process

  • Gain exposure to essential business resources and tools to grow and scale your business

  • Network and learn from successful and established business leaders and mentors

  • Access to a community of female entrepreneurs with opportunities for peer-to-peer inspiration and learning

  • The opportunity to pitch your business to a prominent jury of seasoned entrepreneurs and industry leaders

  • The chance to win seed funding to launch or consolidate your business.

  • Opportunity to be part of the U.S. Exchange AWE Alumni network and access to opportunities

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Academy for Women Entrepreneurs - Cohort 6

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