2015 GWEI Institute

Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative Pilot Institute

Program Overview

Starting from the strength of the highly successful Africa Atlanta 2014, the Ivan Allen College Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEI) is developing an impactful program that will create a platform for collaboration and innovation by fostering and highlighting the connectivity and developing the entrepreneurial and business skills of women in Africa, Europe, and the Americas.  The Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts is requesting sponsorship to support the Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative Pilot Institute that will take place in Atlanta, Georgia November 1-4, 2015. The WEI Pilot Institute will connect a select group of highly functioning African women entrepreneurs with their Atlanta-based counterparts at an intense, high-level training session to develop their business skills, improve their international contacts, and facilitate their access to global markets through exposure, networking, and knowledge sharing.

The entrepreneurship and business development program pilot is geared toward a select group of  high functioning women entrepreneurs  in need of mentorship, technical support and coaching to significantly improve their skills as an entrepreneur, excel in their industry, and establish significant international contacts and exposure. The program will leverage technology to facilitate business development and connectivity for participants via exposure to and implementation of products and platforms that will foster interactions and transactions within and across continents.

The first cohort of participants will come from Africa due to the strength of existing connections and programs from Africa Atlanta 2014. The pilot will then expand to include participants from Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, and the Middle East.

Program Features

The IAC Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative pilot program is designed as a transatlantic women’s entrepreneurship development experience that will

  • Provide peer to peer and mentor parings connecting women business leaders from Africa and Atlanta
  • Feature knowledge sharing and sustainable learning experiences enhanced by mobile and web technology
  • Create experiential learning and training with commitments from participants to take best practices and solutions back to their businesses and communities

Activities associated with the Women’s Entrepreneurship Initiative Pilot Program will include: rigorous and focused workshops and trainings, high level mentor pairings and peer collaborations, experiential visits to local (and international) corporate partner and Atlanta based entrepreneur operations, technology-centered and assisted trainings (demos) and meetings and virtual and in-person follow up meetings.

2015 GWEI Institute Recap

2015 GWEI Institute Fellows

Adekunbi Adeoye, Sesewa, Nigeria

Adepeju Jaiyeoba, Mothers Delivery Kit, Nigeria

Dzigbordi Kwaku-Dosoo, DKD Holdings/Allure Africa Group, Ghana

Enitan Kuku, Marque Africa Enterprise, Nigeria

Faith Mangope, FTA Media Communications, South Africa

Ivy Manly-Spain, Hills Oil Marketing Company LTD, Ghana

Lebohang Selloane, Visionary X-rays, South Africa

Narkie Agbettor, Novan Company Limited, Ghana

Ommo Clark, iBez, Nigeria

Persis Ashers, afriQuest Research Centre LTD, Kenya

Rosalyn Muthoni Nduhlu, Mastermind Africa Alliance, Kenya

Sylvia Banda, Sylva Food Solutions, Zambia

Sylvia Makario, Geowiz Services, Kenya

Tania Ngima, Game Changers Media LTD, Kenya

Tebogo Mashego, Ditsogo Projects Pty LTD, South Africa

Yawa Hansen-Quao, Leading Ladies’ Network, Ghana (Institute Mentor)