US Assistant Secretary opens African women entrepreneurs confab

An initiative to support the development of innovative ideas led by women has been launched by the United States (US) Embassy in Ghana in collaboration with the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) in Accra.

Dubbed, ‘Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE),’ the initiative is expected to provide online education resources, foster networks that support access to memberships, and connect women through existing exchange programme.

Subsequently, it has opened application between June 25 and July 9, 2019 to select applicants to train young women with entrepreneurial skills under the initiative.

The inaugural cohort is expected to feature women in 26 countries, including 10 in Africa: Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Opening the Alumni Thematic International Exchange Seminar (TIES) Conference on Wednesday in Accra, the Assistant Secretary of State in charge of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA), Ms Marie Royce, said the entrepreneurs had the opportunity to apply for grants of up to $10,000 to support their businesses.

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