On Thursday, a diverse group of 250 women graduated from the fourth cohort of the American Academy of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) and joined 520 other Nigerian businesswomen who have benefited from the program.
The programs are an expression of the U.S. government’s strong commitment to supporting women’s economic empowerment and gender equality through thoughtful and innovative business development programs that enable Nigerian businesswomen to realize their full potential. economic potential.
Designed to help women realize their economic potential, the AWE program is a U.S. government initiative that supports women entrepreneurs around the world and connects them with funding opportunities that facilitate their business expansion and entrepreneurial success. .
The U.S. Department of State established the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs in 2019 to provide women entrepreneurs with the skills, resources, and networks needed to start and grow successful businesses.
In partnership with the Venture Garden Foundation and the Ascend Studios Foundation, founded by Inya Lawal, an alumnus of the Fortune-US Department of State Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership program, the US Mission has successfully supported the training of 770 women entrepreneurs through of the AWE program.
This year’s participants included 50 irregular migrant returnees who are in various stages of setting up their businesses. Their successful participation provided them with the skills and knowledge to take their business to the next level while helping them reintegrate into society.
In his remarks, the Acting Consul General of the United States Consulate, James Suor, highlighted the importance of empowering women and girls for economic growth.
“When women are economically empowered, they reinvest in their families and communities, producing a multiplier effect that drives economic growth and contributes to peace and stability,” Suor said.
He explained that the empowerment and economic integration of women is critical to Nigeria’s long-term economic development.
Suor expressed great pride in the graduates, noting that women entrepreneurs are a growing market force that serves as a critical source of innovation for job creation and economic growth.
“Through programs like AWE, our two countries are working together for a peaceful, stable and prosperous future for Nigeria,” he added.
In her remarks, Ascend Studios Foundation Founder Inya Lawal praised the continued support of the U.S. government that has helped her foundation equip participants with the business management and networking skills needed to build and run successful businesses. and durable.
AWE centers around a rigorous three-month online course called DreamBuilder, developed by Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management and US copper mining company Freeport McMoran.