AFRICAN SOCIETY FOR
FEMALE ENTREPRENEURSHIP

...Grounding, Resourcefulness and Success

Welcome to ASOFENT, the classic association of women entrepreneurs.

ABOUT ASOFENT

OVERVIEW

The African Society for Female Entrepreneurship (ASOFENT) is a non-profit, non-governmental, non-political and non-sectarian organization of women whose activities at national and international levels are aimed at promoting women entrepreneurship.

ASOFENT is an international professional association designed for females who are willing to acquire skills and abilities that can help to create and manage new business enterprises or be used as members of an existing organisation which is calling upon employees to act in an entrepreneurial way. It is also aimed at enhancing the skills and abilities of potential female entrepreneurs, in particular those willing to be part of the SMEs’ sector, by addressing a wide range of operational, managerial, marketing, financial and leadership issues within an entrepreneurial context.

Our members would be provided with information, knowledge, skills, and attitudes that would enable them perform well as classic entrepreneurs (those driven by desire for financial independence, freedom, own boss, challenge, creativity, success, control, responsibility, decisions, more money, less tax and opportunity alertness).

Our expectation is that these competencies will in turn help them deploy their zeal for nation building in a very efficient manner as anything short of that will be handling Nigerian problems of repositioning the women with kid gloves.

OUR SERVICES

The African Society for Female Entrepreneurship provides entrepreneurship training, mentoring and other resources to help women in Africa start and grow successful businesses. It is an affiliate of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurs (INCENT). Through management and technical assistance provided by entrepreneurs and mentors, the Centre for Women Entrepreneurship of College of Entrepreneurship and Small Business (CESBUM) offers women comprehensive training and mentoring on a vast array of topics to help them start and grow their own businesses.

OUR VISION

Viable female-led businesses flourishing in Africa by 2030 and beyond.

OUR MISSION

To promote women entrepreneurship through provision of necessary tools and support in order to strengthen their capacity and facilitate the establishment of more small scale businesses competently, managed by women in Africa.

Why ASOFENT?

According to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, there are 126millions women operating new businesses and another 98millions at the helm of established ones. Yet we face a huge equality gap. In only seven countries—Panama, Thailand, Ghana, Ecuador, Nigeria, Mexico and Uganda—do women take part in business at rates equal to men’s; in some countries, like Pakistan, they barely take part at all. Even when women are active business owners, they do not reach their potential: women own almost three in ten American firms, yet employ only 6% of the country’s workforce and account for barely 4% of business revenues..

According to Kauffman’s researchers, women entrepreneurs tend to face more significant obstacles when it comes to starting their own businesses than their male counterparts, although they bring unique abilities to entrepreneurship as well, such as a more sophisticated approach to taking risks, the brief says, including not being overconfident and not putting their employees at risk. And if the economy expects to fire on all cylinders to produce jobs and growth, more women have to start their own businesses. Identified chief obstacles to women entrepreneurship are:

Much of entrepreneurship is experiential, so teachers are important. Yet when it comes to mentors, fewer exist for women. This may be a “chicken or egg” problem, as there are fewer women-owned businesses to start out with.

When it comes to funding, women on average start their businesses with half as much capital as men. They also have only a 30 percent chance of attracting angel and venture capital funding.

Women entrepreneurs face invisible barriers, based solely on gender. One recent study, conducted by UC Santa Barbara, asked participants to evaluate nearly identical business plans from entrepreneurs whose gender was made obvious. Support for plans formulated by women was less strong than for men's, unless the women's plans had an unusual bias toward innovation.
To remedy the situation, Kauffman is urging more women to become involved as mentors, and for organizations that support entrepreneurship to include more women leaders. Hence,the establishment of African Society for Female Entrepreneurship by Institute of Classic Entrepreneurs. It is our aim to help turn the tide in the perceptual challenges that women entrepreneurs face

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