Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) launched the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE), a new initiative supporting women entrepreneurs around the world.  The US Embassy in South Africa has selected the DreamGirls Academy, a female empowerment organization, as its implementing partner in South Africa. AWE supports the White House-led W-GDP Initiative, which is designed to empower at least 50 million women worldwide by 2025 to fulfill their economic potential, and in doing so, create conditions for increased stability, security, and prosperity for all.

As such, today the DreamGirls Academy opens up applications for AWE on its DreamBuilder Programme. This is an inclusive learning programme and community that equips women with the practical skills needed to create investable and sustainable businesses. In South Africa, the programme is open to aspiring and startup female entrepreneurs in the Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM), Commercial & Creative fields and will provide education resources, foster networks that support access to funding & mentorship, and connect women through existing exchange programs. With an inaugural cohort of a total of 125 women from around the country, the selected candidates will be given opportunities to explore the fundamentals of business, including creating business plans and raising capital, with the goal of building a better future for families and communities. Applications are open until 26 July 2019 and those interested can apply here : http://bit.ly/DreamGirlsAWE

The DreamGirls Academy is a dynamic female empowerment organization established on 20 November 2011 by a group of young South African female leaders seeking to empower and shift young females from economic dependency to economic opportunity through education, employability and entrepreneurship programmes. The organization encourages young women to educate themselves, plan for the future, fulfill their potential, and become successful & purpose-driven trailblazers and change makers.

For more information on DreamGirls Academy, please visit www.dreamgirlsacademy.com or contact awesa@dreamgirlsacademy.com and 011 568 0943.

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