Tuesday, March 24, 2015

2015 IWEC Awards

The International Women Entrepreneurial Challenge was established in Barcelona in 2007, with the goal of connecting small & mid-size women business owners globally - those who are already in the global marketplace & want to expand, or are ripe to get into the market and learn from other women leaders. Also the goal is to “pay it forward” with the IWEC awardees emphasizing their own CSR programs be in mentoring, board participation, community outreach and support, etc. The Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Chambers of Commerce in India/FLO and Manhattan Chamber of Commerce originated this initiative and were quickly joined by The US State Department and Cape Chamber of Commerce. Each year a new country is added to the roster and currently we have representation from: Barcelona, NYC/US, India, Sweden, Peru, Central Asian countries, Turkey,South Africa and other African countries. In addition, four women’s business associations are engaged with IWEC and also nominate one awardee: Women Presidents Organization, WeConnect International, Taiwan Women’s Entrepreneurs Association and United Succes. The location of 2015 Annual IWEC Conference will be Istanbul, Turkey Nov. 15-18th.

Three awardees are chosen by the individual chambers and, along with chamber executives, they are invited to participate in the annual conference to receive their award and to network and share best practices. Conferences to date have been held in Barcelona, NYC, New Delhi India, Cape Town South Africa, Lima Peru and Stockholm Sweden.

Why should you apply? If chosen, you have the opportunity to:

*gain further international recognition for your business
*network with potential strategic partners and clients
*share and learn from best practices to help your business grow globally
*share your corporate responsibility/mentorship programs and learn of others from awardees
*connect with a network of other awardees/chambers and be a part of the IWEC family

The Awards Criteria:

Must be a woman-owned, for-profit business and must be actively involved in importing or exporting goods or services or be a successful company ready to begin global business

Business must be 51% owned by a woman (or if handed down through a family, a woman must be the president, CEO or managing director for at least three years) actively involved in the day-to-day running of the business

Business must be a for-profit entity in services or manufacturing (excluding performing arts)

Business must be in existence at least three years

Business must have a minimum annual revenue equivalent to US $2.0 million

Agrees to be involved with IWEC as a past awardee for two years (supporting, attending conferences, etc.)
Company must be run ethically that express our values and standards that guide our conduct – must exhibit a commitment to honesty, fairness, objectivity and responsibility.

Must be able to attend the annual conference
I hereby acknowledge and affirm that I and my company meet the above criteria.

Print Name Signature

2015 IWEC Universal Awards Application

Deadline for submission: April 30, 2015

Contact information



Company name:__________________________________________________________


City, State, ZIP/PIN/Postal Code_______________________________Country________


Email address:___________________________________________________________


Chamber affiliation: _______________________________________________________

Business information

% of ownership by woman:__________________(must be 51% or more)

Years in business:_________________________(must be a minimum of 3 years)

Annual revenue:___________________________(must be a minimum of $2.0mill in US dollars)

Industry:_________________________________(not including non-profits or performing arts)

How many employees do you have?___________(total number of employees throughout your company)

Please attach document to answer the following questions in 500 words or less per question (additional supporting documents are welcome):

Describe the story of you and your business:

Why should you be considered for this award?

What is your Business Plan for the next 3-5 years?

Where would you like to further import or export your goods or services and why are you choosing this/these markets?

Have you or are you involved in a CSR initiative? If so, please describe.

What is your philosophy on corporate social responsibility and how does your company you support it? Please describe.

Mail to: 
Nancy Ploeger, MCC, 1375 Broadway/3rd floor, NY, NY 10018
Or email to np@manhattancc.org or fax to 212-473-7875

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