This year’s Africa Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) will feature the inaugural AWIEF Awards and Gala Dinner, celebrating female trendsetters in entrepreneurship and innovation across Africa.
The third edition of the AWIEF conference and exhibition is set to take place in Cape Town on October 5-6, and this year takes the theme “Equity, Impact and Inclusive Growth towards Agenda 2030”.
The annual event aims to accelerate the economic empowerment and advancement of African women and girls; and brings together emerging and leading women in business, government, international organisations, NGOs, technology and innovation in a series of keynotes, panel discussions and workshops. A co-located exhibition showcases women-owned enterprises.
For the first time, the Forum will also host an awards ceremony, celebrating Africa’s women trendsetters in entrepreneurship and innovation across seven award categories, including the Young Entrepreneur Award, Tech Entrepreneur Award, Agri Entrepreneur Award, and Social Entrepreneur Award.
Three finalists have been shortlisted for each award, with the winner to be announced at the Award Ceremony and Gala Dinner to be held on October 6. Reservations to attend the awards and dinner can be made here.
The AWIEF Awards 2017 will be presented in the following seven (7) categories:
AWIEF YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR AWARD
This Award goes to a young female entrepreneur and startup under the age of 35 years, who has demonstrated exceptional entrepreneurial spirit and skills to build and grow a successful and sustainable business or businesses, and is an inspiration to other young entrepreneurs.
AWIEF TECH ENTREPRENEUR AWARD
This Award goes to a woman entrepreneur who has used science or technology to create an innovative new business, offering new knowledge, service or product for solving extant problems.
AWIEF SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR AWARD
This Award goes to a woman who with her business has made significant social impacts in the community and has proffered solutions to social, cultural, technology, environmental or financial challenges with her innovative product or service delivery.
AWIEF GLOBAL BRAND ENTREPRENEUR AWARD
This Award goes to a woman entrepreneur or business owner who has created a world-class product and global consumer brand to take advantage of the powerful and rapidly-growing African middle class and the global luxury consumer market.
AWIEF AGRI ENTREPRENEUR AWARD
This Award goes to a woman who has achieved significant recognition and business success in the field of agriculture and agribusiness with a great impact on food security in her community or country.
AWIEF EMPOWERMENT AWARD
This Award goes to a woman who has greatly contributed and invested in inspiring, mentoring and empowering other women entrepreneurs.
AWIEF LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
This Award goes to an established woman entrepreneur and business-owner, a role model who has displayed exceptional business leadership in her field, excellence and outstanding business performance and achievements over time. This Award also recognises the substantial contribution made to job creation, the economy, the community and society at large.