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.
The 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.
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.
Womenalia congratulates this year's winners!
Director, Bemolapur Tea Company
Angela Baishakhi Mendes
Managing Director, JLM Container Services
Community Building: Girls' Education
Community Building: Chittagong Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry