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Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE)

The Academy of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) is a new initiative from the government of the United States to support and empower women entrepreneurs around the world.

Through an inclusive learning community, women around the world have opportunities to explore the fundamentals of business, such as preparing business plans and raising capital, with the goal of building a better future for their families and communities.

The AWE women have access to the DreamBuilder platform, a user-friendly and easy-to-use online course that reinforces entrepreneurship components, they participate in directed lessons related to business management and, in addition, they have the opportunity to connect with networks of companies, women entrepreneurs and mentors who share the same perspective in their own regions and in the United States.

In Colombia, this Program is implemented by the Entrepreneurship Center of the Sergio Arboleda University – Sergio i + E Lab.

Applications 2022

The call for applications of the AWE 2020 program will be open from August 1 to August 31, 2022.

Eligibility Criteria

Women who meet the following requirements will be eligible to participate:

  • Colombian or Venezuelan women residing in Colombia (with residence and work permits), and from an underprivilege community, living in limited socioeconomic conditions.
  • Be over 18 years.
  • Currently operating a small business.
  • To express interest in contributing to a positive learning environment.
  • Commit to attendance of AWE sessions and completion of requirements (average 7 hours per week).
  • Commit to sharing learning with other women entrepreneurs upon conclusion of the program.
Application Process

Sergio Arboleda University and the Embassy of the United States will select the participants through a transparent but competitive process that includes a review of the requirements, the entrepreneurship initiative, the nominee’s profile, and a personal interview. Women who meet the aforementioned requirements may apply using the the application form found here. For more information on the AWE Program please visit: