International Women’s Entrepreneurship Challenge 2013

Thursday, January 02 2014

Last week was the 7th International Women's Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC), held in Lima, Peru, where 26 women from 12 countries received the award. This year's awardees were honored for Building Successful, Respectful Companies.

iwecbanner2013The IWEC is a collaborative initiative founded in 2006 by the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce of (Spain), the Chamber of Commerce of Manhattan (USA) and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry Ladies Organization (India) and supported by the US Department of State. It is intended to connect women from micro, small and medium-sized companies who are seeking to expand globally.

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The mission of IWEC is to develop a global business network for successful women business owners, helping them gain and expand access to knowledge of international markets, leadership skills and affording mentorship programs to women-owned SMEs. The Conference is a platform for the exchange of ideas and experience with other women entrepreneurs from around the world. Each year the IWEC seeks to involve more countries in the event. Awardees are invited to speak at the conference and share best practices.

Women entrepreneurs are selected from the participating chambers of commerce, which featured 20 countries this year. Up to 3 awardees are chosen for each chamber. Each enterprise must be 51% owned or run by a woman, and must be in business for at least three years. The finalists must represent a company from the professional services or manufacturing industry with annual incomes of $1million and is actively involved in international business or ready to expand globally. Each company must currently be involved in a mentorship program as part of its corporate responsibility practice.

icon w Womenalia congratulates this year's winners!

USA

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Wendy Shen
CEO, FLOMO/Nygala Corp.
Community building: Girl Scouts, Women's Presidents Organization, Vistage Tri-state CEO peer Gorup

 

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Nadine Cino
CEO, Tyga Box
Community building: SustainAbility Committee NYC IFMA

 

Kristina Bouweiri

 

Kristina Bouweiri
CEO, Reston Limousine
Community building: Sterling Women

 

Turkey

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Zuhal Mansfield
Owner, TMG Stone
Community Building: Bilecik Womens Entrepeneurs Organization

 

The Philippines

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Myrna Yao
CEO, Richwell Trading Corporation
Community Building: Philippine Comission on Women

 

Sweden

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Ida Backlund
CEO, Rapunzel of Sweden
Community Building: Mentoring

 

Signhild Arnegard Hansen

 

Signhild Arnegård Hansen
Founder, Svenska LantChips AB
Community Building: Foundation for Young Leadership, Sweedish-American Chamber of Commerce

 Spain

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Immaculada Amat
General Manager, Amat Immobilaris
Community Building: Economic Circle

 

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Judith Viader Codina
CEO, Fritravich
Community Building: Mentoring

 

South Africa

FEROSE OATEN

 

Ferose Oaten
Managing Director, AVTS Roadworth Stations
Community Building: Africa Chairman, IMVTC

 

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Nonku Ntshona
Founder, Nonku Ntshona & Associates
Community Building: Women Property Network

 

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Renee Keeble
Managing Director, SA Commercial
Community Building: Business Process Enabling South Africa

 

Peru

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Maria Elena Soler de Panizo
Founder, Helena Chocolatier

 

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Pilar Bueno Cabrejos de Dezo
Founder, Casuarinas International College
Community Building: Education


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Rosa Bueno
Partner, Fernández-Dávila & Bueno
Community Building: Director, Chamber of Commerce of Lima

 

The Netherlands

Ingrid van Rossum

 

Ingrid Van Rosen
Founder, Change from Within
Community Building: Mentorship in Entrepreneurship

 

India

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Vandra Luthra
Founder, VLCC Centers
Community Building: Wellness & Fighting Obesity


PRONITA BARUVA

 

Pronita Branuva
Director, Bemolapur Tea Company

 

J MOHANASUNDARI

 

J Mohanasundari
CEO, Kayjay Sharp Trendys & Sharp Electrodes
Community Building: Vice Chairman FICCI Ladies Organziation

 

Ghana

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Ellen Mama Hagen
CEO, L'Aine Services
Community Building: Employment (IHRMP)

 

Colombia

Myriammoya

 

Myriam Moya
Founder, Esko Laboratories
Community Building: Grupo FANGEI

 

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Luz Marina Rojas Pacheco
Founder, DIPSA FOOD
Community Building: Child Nutrition, Domestic Violence programs

 

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Mercedes Ferrer de Cuadros
CEO, Quasafar

 

Canada

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Marie-Josée Gagnon
Founder, CASACOM
Community Building: Garde-Manger Pour Tous (Child nutrition)

 

Bangladesh

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Angela Baishakhi Mendes
Managing Director, JLM Container Services
Community Building: Girls' Education

 

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Mantasha Ahmed
Managing Director, Reela's Fashion Boutique

 

dHusain

 

Sharmeen Hussain
Founder, DHABA
Community Building: Chittagong Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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