The WIA Philanthropy Foundation has initiated the WIA 54 project, for African women entrepreneurs with a strong potential to shape the Africa of tomorrow. Each year, the WIA 54 Award recognizes 54 women entrepreneurs from each of the 54 African countries.

Selection Criteria

We will select the most innovative and high- growth potential companies or initiatives with already proven traction:

  • Innovative product, service or technology and/ or a strong human impact.
  • Created or managed by an African woman citizen.
  • With a first traction on the market (turnover, number of users, raised funds…).
  • Proven business model, scalability.
  • Large growth potential (in own country, Africa and globally).
  • Ambitious team with deep execution skills.


  • Invitation to the International Annual Summit WIA in Marrakesh:  reimbursement of travel, accommodation.
  • Unique visibility: Unique visibility from 500 delegates, including investors, top executives, and media from all over the world
  • High-level Networking: Business meetings organized during the WIA Club Annual Meeting in Marrakech
  • Bootcamp: Access to 2 days training Bootcamp prior to the summit.
  • Annual membership to the WIA Club offered, first international women entrepreneurs club on the continent:
  • visibility on Women in Africa print and web supports including website, WIA Mag, social media.
  • Special access to the WIA Link digital platform in order to exchange with each other and with an international top executive, and MOOC training access: how to pitch, how to speak, business opportunities… (in progress)
  • Regional and Local meetings of entrepreneurs all year long with the WIA Hubs
  • Mentoring: Mentoring for 1 year from large companies (depending on the fundings and sponsors)
  • Scholarships: Scholarships offered available on one of our partner’s 48 campuses or via e-learning, provided that you pass the admission exams

Deadline: February 9, 2020

Click the link below to apply.


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