Why Become an AWE Member?

We lead the mid-Atlantic region in advancing high-growth businesses founded by women. Through our powerful network, AWE identifies companies with the potential to scale and helps them grow. For women entrepreneurs scaling their businesses, AWE provides a “sounding board” for founders; access to powerful, personal and trusted networks; connections to role models, advisers and mentors; and access to funding, both traditional and non-traditional.  Members of AWE join a community supporting women entrepreneurs!

AWE Membership
AWE’s membership structure is unique.  We offer a membership that reflects where you are in your entrepreneur journey.  To determine the level of membership that is appropriate for you, read the descriptions below and select the membership that reflects you and your business.


Q:  As an Entrepreneur, are you a female founder or majority owner of company (51% or more in ownership?) with a target minimum of $250,000 in annual revenue and at least one employee?
A:  If so, you are a high-growth focused Entrepreneur Employer Member.

AWE membership will connect you to the region’s largest network dedicated to the support and advancement of women high-growth entrepreneurs.   Online Entrepreneur Employer Membership Application


Q:  Are you a female lifestyle entrepreneur or sole proprietorship who has limited overhead and no employees? Are you looking to develop your understanding of one or more of the business aspects of your company, or find advice and support for strategic growth?
A:  If so, you are a Sole Proprietor Member.
AWE Membership can help you find the resources and practical advice you need on business growth and development through our extensive network of entrepreneurial expertise and know-how.  Online Entrepreneur Sole Proprietor Membership Application
Q:  Are you a female start up, soon to be founding a company, or interested in learning how to start and grow a business? Are you looking to avail yourself to a network of mentors, funders, service providers and role models?
A:  If so, you are a Just Getting Started Member (Novice).

AWE membership provides the benefit of belonging to an organization where young, start up organizations can learn from seasoned entrepreneurs and business leaders while those “entrepreneur hopefuls” gain the inspiration and motivation to take the next step (limited to one membership year).  Online Entrepreneur Just Getting Started Membership Application

Q:  Are you actively involved in providing funding for entrepreneurial businesses through venture capital, angel investing, crowd-funding, traditional funding sources, and government agencies?
A:  If so, you are a Funder/Investor Member.
AWE membership allows you to gain access to the largest community of women entrepreneurs who are actively seeking capital and resources to launch and build businesses.  Online Funder/Investor Membership Application
Q:  Are you a C-Suite Officer, Senior-Level Manager or Director of a company that exhibits entrepreneur qualities and is interested in business growth? Do you have expertise and advice to share with up and coming women entrepreneurs?
A:  If so, you are a C-Suite Member.

Join AWE to share your savvy business advice and connect with like-minded senior-level women who share your passion for business and interest in moving the needle for high-growth women entrepreneurs.  Online C-Suite Membership Application

Q:  Are you an attorney, accountant, communications/marketing specialist or other service provider who interfaces with women entrepreneur businesses through the expertise and services you provide?
A:  If so, you are a Service Provider Member.
Join AWE for immediate access to women entrepreneurs in the mid-Atlantic region who are seeking your advice and assistance to develop and/or grow their businesses.  Online Service Provider Membership Application