Young Pacific Leaders - Academy for Women Entrepreneurs

The U. S. Embassy New Zealand Public Diplomacy Section (PDS) of the U. S. Department of State announces an open competition for organizations to submit applications to implement the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) to promote women’s social and economic empowerment, pending the availability

of funds.

The cohort should take place sometime between 2025-202 6. Each AWE cohort should include about 30 women meeting either online or in person.

AWE cohorts may take place in any, all, or the following select countries:
New Zealand, Niue, the Cook Islands, Tokelau, French Polynesia, New Caledonia, Wallis and Futuna, the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Samoa, Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, or the Federated States of Micronesia.

About the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs By ensuring that women have the skills, capabilities, and resources to fully participate in the economy, AWE directly supports the U. S. National Strategy on Gender, Equity, and Equality.

AWE was established in 2019 to provide women with the knowledge, networks and access to launch or scale successful businesses.

Cohorts of approximately 30 women meet online and in-person to learn core business skills such as strategic planning, marketing and finance, then discuss the material with local facilitators, business leaders, and U. S. exchange alumni mentors.

Through its partnership with Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School for Global Management and the Freeport-McMoran Foundation, AWE utilizes a no-cost, online learning platform.

Used by AWE since 2019, DreamBuilder teaches participants the fundamentals of starting or growing a small business from a U. S. perspective, offering modules on marketing, pricing, and bookkeeping, and includes a built-in business plan generator.

It is available only in English and Spanish, though posts may conduct mentoring and facilitation in local languages.

This year, implementing partners may also use a new online curriculum, in whole or in part – the Najafi 100 Million Learners Global Initiative - alongside or instead of DreamBuilder.

100 Million Learners’ Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation Bootcamp may be most suitable to implementing partners who are looking for a more challenging business curriculum, or who wish to provide complementary modules on key topics in entrepreneurship and innovation.

100 Million Learners is currently offered in 20 languages and will add up to 20 more in the future.

Proposals to establish new AWE cohorts must use either DreamBuilder or 100 Million Learners for their curriculum.
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Estimated Funding: $250,000

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