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Founder Institute partnering with AWEP to Support Women Entrepreneurs

AWEP Nigeria and Founder Institute Collaboration

Founder Institute & African Women Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) Nigeria Partner to Support Early-Stage Female-Founded Companies. AWEP Sponsors Female Fellowships to the Founder Institute’s Pre-seed Accelerator Program.

The Founder Institute, the world’s largest pre-seed startup accelerator and African Women Entrepreneurship Programme, an outreach, education, and engagement initiative that targets African women entrepreneurs, to promote business growth, are announcing two female-founder fellowships, for the upcoming Founder Institute 2020 programs, starting with Abuja program. 

The Founder Institute, having chapters in both Lagos and Abuja, aims to inspire and support early-stage female founders, in the Founder Institute, by providing:

  • Feedback and Mentorship from 95+ top startup leaders, including Nkiru Balonwu, Nkemdilim Begho, Emilia Asim-Ita and Jane Egerton-Idehen 
  • Two Female Founder Fellowships awarded, to the top female applicants, allowing them to participate in the program for free: https://fi.co/join/awep/ 
  • A Local and Global Support Network of Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Advisors
  • More than $2M in Partner Deals and Resources

Founder Institute is on a mission to help build more sustainable entrepreneurs around the world. Therefore, creating local synergies with forward-looking organisations such as AWEP is critical to fulfilling this mission, explains, Chukwuemeka Fred Agbata Jnr. ‘CFA’, Regional Director, Founder Institute. 

The on-going session at Lagos chapter has three AWEP members, as part of the Cohort, and with Abuja currently accepting applications, more AWEP members can apply, to benefit from the time-tested curriculum that FI has to offer. 

In the words of Adeola Balogun, a member of AWEP SW,

“Founder Institute is on another level, altogether. Where do I start from? The exposure is huge, the curriculum is, so detailed if you follow through, you can’t go wrong. If you are not ready to embrace change and do not have the desire for business growth, then, this programme is not for you. The mentors blow your mind each week, with their experiences, which are priceless and mind-boggling. I am happy I joined the program and I’m savoring each moment”.

This partnership is part of the Founder Institute’s goal of improving the gender gap in technology worldwide, through the Female Founder Initiative.  Launched in 2016, the Female Founder Initiative provides support for women founders, all over the globe, through their funding-focused webinar series, pitch deck feedback opportunities, mentor-led group office hours, monthly newsletter and global slack channel. 

“To improve the gender balance in technology worldwide, we must support female founders at the early stage to launch, grow, and fund their companies. With the generous support of AWEP, we are able to provide two female-founded companies, the opportunity to leverage the Founder Institute Lagos & Abuja programs and networks to advance their company further and faster.” – Rachel Sheppard, Global Marketing Director, at the Founder Institute & Co-Creator of the Female Founder Initiative   

Any female founder who is interested can apply to the Founder Institute Abuja.

Olawale Danielhttps://olawaledaniel.com/
Olawale Daniel is a business builder and psychologist, a network marketing professional, a world-class motivational speaker, a successful internet entrepreneur and a digital media strategist interested in all things mobile and digital — start-ups, media, branding. He started TechAtLast back in 2010 as a platform to quench his thirst for latest technologies. As a motivational speaker and author, Olawale has published several motivational and personal development books and he's currently working on "SUCCESS AHEAD - Don't Quit" which is billed to hit the stand by Q4 of the year. He writes regularly on his personal website on motivation and personal lifestyle and tips for network marketing success, OlawaleDaniel.com. His latest book on How to Sponsor More People in Your Network Marketing Business is still one of the best sellers in its category. He's presently working as a Health and Wellness consultant at BURN SLIM TRIM Inc., a firm that helps people regain their perfect lifestyle through state-of-the-art recent discoveries way back from nature. He's also the brain behind FOBCourse, a business university for startup entrepreneurs in Africa.

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