AFRICA – The Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) has launched a new initiative “Enterprise Development for Women-Owned Ventures in Green Energy” and has announced the call for applications for a Startup Incubator in Malawi and Nigeria.

Funded by the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), the 12-month programme will support 70 women involved in renewable and green energy production in the two African countries.

The programme offers two components to be implemented in two phases one after the other: Startup Incubator -30 women in each country (60 in total) supported in designing, refining and launching their renewable and green energy business ideas.

Accelerator -10 established renewable and green energy women-owned/led ventures (5 from each country) will receive entrepreneurial training and preparation for investment-readiness. The programme offers opportunity of accessing venture finance.

AWIEF has partnered with Equip Consulting Group for the implementation of this programme in Malawi.

AWEIF is inviting applications from individuals or teams from Malawi and Nigeria who have an idea for renewable and green energy business solutions to one of the key social and environmental challenges.

The Startup Incubator programme is aimed at helping women turn their renewable and green energy enterprise idea into a product or service that customers want to buy. The winning individuals or teams will receive training and support on turning their ideas into reality.

Selected individuals or teams will receive Free Entry to the Incubator which includes:Incubator Modules incl. Pitch Training, mentorship support during the test phase of your business idea, expert Guidance & Tailored Support to make your business idea a reality, networking & peer Learning opportunity with like-minded entrepreneurs.

The best pitches will receive an opportunity to pitch their business idea at the AWIEF Annual Conference (Dec 2-3, 2020; physical + virtual) – Africa’s number 1 women entrepreneurship conference for dialogue on issues of business – in Johannesburg, South Africa.

AWIEF is a pan-African women economic empowerment organisation which nurtures and actively promotes women innovation and entrepreneurship through its development programmes, accelerators, and networking events, including the annual AWIEF conference, exhibition and awards.

AWIEF’s mission is to foster the economic inclusion, advancement and empowerment of women in Africa through entrepreneurship support and development.

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