WIA 54 2021

Introduced in 2017, the WIA 54 programme promotes women entrepreneurship in Africa. Each year, it endows 54 African women entrepreneurs from 54 African countries with a comprehensive support package consisting of training, communication, mentoring and networking.

In 2021, WIA rolls out its 2030 plan, which multiplies the number of beneficiaries of the programme by 10!

This year, before appointing the 54 laureates, the jury will make an initial selection of 10 finalists per country. Thus, 540 women candidates will benefit from training and coaching. Through this newly introduced initiative, WIA aims at supporting more than 10,000 women entrepreneurs, indirectly contributing to the creation of 100,000 jobs, by 2030.

From this strengthened pool of entrepreneurs, the jurors will then select the 54 country laureates and 9 sectoral prize winners who will receive a comprehensive package of support to further boost their success!


Candidates can apply in the following areas:


The 540 finalists, 54 country laureates, and 9 sector revelations will receive various rewards.

See you on Wednesday, April 14th for a webinar to present the WIA 54 programme 2021 edition, an amazing opportunity for African women entrepreneurs!

Seynabou Thiam, Manager of the WIA 54 programme and Silvia Mbouem Mbeck, Head of Communication at Women In Africa will give you all the information you need to apply for the 2021 call for applications!

Join us at:
– 3pm (CET) for the FRENCH VERSION
– 3.30 pm (CET) for the ENGLISH VERSION

Register here

2021 Agenda

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