U.S. Embassy, BIDC and BYBT launch Training Program for Women Entrepreneurs

On Tuesday September 29, the U.S. Embassy in Barbados in partnership with the Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC) and the Barbados Youth Business Trust (BYBT) launched the U.S. Department of State’s Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) Program. The Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) program, which is in its second year, is part of the White House-led Women’s Global Development and Prosperity initiative, and aims to equip women with practical skills needed to create sustainable businesses and enterprises.


In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the global economy, AWE aims to work with women entrepreneurs to develop their business resilience with a view to survive, thrive, and then grow, in the next normal and beyond. At its core, AWE exposes potential women entrepreneurs to an educational opportunity that combines in-person training sessions and a facilitated massive open online course called “DreamBuilder.” Twenty-six female entrepreneurs from Barbados will take part in this year’s program, joining participants in over fifty countries around the world.


U.S. Embassy’s partnership with BIDC and BYBT is part of the U.S. government’s continued commitment to promoting entrepreneurship and women’s empowerment to help Barbados create a better economic future. This partnership helps to fulfill women’s economic potential, and in doing so, creates conditions for increased stability, security, and prosperity for all.