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Advancing Women in Entrepreneurship

In a world where only 17% of startups have at least one female founder and just last year, female founders received only 2.2 percent of total global venture capital funding, we believe we need to do better. AWE - Advancing Women in Entrepreneurship - is about building a legacy of affirming and equipping future female founders to succeed in entrepreneurial environments.

AWE seeks to lead the way in training the next generation of female founders to take on the world.

AWE Values:

  • Affirming who you are. We help you discover your strengths, passions, motivations, and dreams.
  • Equipping you to start. We shape your future success by training you with a range of leadership and business skills and embedding you in diverse networks.
  • Aspiring you to the life you want. We support your goals and adventures through honesty, guidance, collaboration, and encouragement.

AWE offers innovative education and relevant experiences to engage our students at their point-of-interest and embed them in entrepreneurial networks around the country. Through AWE, students can take part in:

Our winter term program Designing Your Life immerses students in diverse entrepreneurial environments through onsite visits to female founders in Cincinnati and San Francisco.

Our spring semester course Women and Entrepreneurship tackles the internal and external barriers facing women in entrepreneurial environments and empowers and equips them with alternate techniques to turn challenges into opportunities.

Our AWE student organization runs innovative projects and campaigns to further AWE initiatives across Miami’s campus.

Summer internships with female founders and business leaders are hosted in our key alumni networks around the Midwest.

AWE Club

The Advancing Women in Entrepreneurship (AWE) club highlights all things Women & Entrepreneurship across campus while developing entrepreneurial leadership among our members. We’re a welcoming, innovative, and dynamic environment. We engage you in your area of interest and offer you hands-on, real-world projects that make a difference to our campus and develop your professional skills. 

Education forms the core of AWE’s vision to train the next generation of female founders by pairing academic research with practical techniques and real-world projects. AWE offers two courses for the 2018/2019 academic year.

Courses and Events

Winter Term 2019

Designing Your Life In this three work immersion program spanning Oxford, Cincinnati, and San Francisco, students will meet onsite with female founders across a range of industries to hear their stories and learn how they run their businesses. Where to start? How to grow? Students will explore these questions and more as they apply founders’ expertise in charting their own entrepreneurial career paths.

Spring Term 2019

Women and Entrepreneurship. This course takes a gendered look at entrepreneurship to understand the internal and external barriers that women face in entrepreneurial environments and trains students to turn these challenges into opportunities. Course highlights include guest lectures from female founders and real-world projects.


We’re kicking off our inaugural year of AWE with two events on October 17, 2018:

  • A pop-up shop in Armstrong Student Center with female founders from all over Cincinnati. Full listing of vendors coming soon!
  • A talk on “Advice Not Taken” with Wendy Lea, former CEO of Cintrifuse in Cincinnati, and a panel of female founders, at 6PM in Taylor Auditorium (FSB 1000)

Department of Entrepreneurship

800 E. High Street
Suite 2078
Oxford, OH 45056