2021 IWEC Awards Application

Gallery IWEC 2018 Awardee Group Shot - 2021 IWEC Awards ApplicationThe 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, an important aspect of IWEC awardees is their commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility programs in mentoring, board participation, community outreach, sustainability, etc.

The Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, Federation of Chambers of Commerce in India/FLO (FICCI-FLO) and
Manhattan Chamber of Commerce originated this initiative along with The US State Department and all were
quickly joined by The Cape Chamber of Commerce and soon after, The Confederation of Asia Pacific
Chambers of Commerce & Industry Women Entrepreneurs Council (CWEC). Each year a new
country/chamber is added to the roster and currently we have representation from chambers from countries
such as: Spain, US, India, Sweden, Peru, Bolivia, Central Asian countries, Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan,
Azerbaijan, South Africa and other African countries. Each of the chambers may chose up to three awardees
to participate annually. In addition, several women’s business associations & global business organizations are
engaged with IWEC and also nominate one awardee-such as: Women Presidents Organization, We Connect
International, Taiwan Women’s Entrepreneurs Association, International Trade Center, Association of Business
Women from Serbia, Bahrain Business Women’s Society, and United Success.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our 2020 conference was held virtually and in 2021, the conference will be
held virtually again but hosted by the Bahrain Chamber of Commerce & Industry from November 9th & 10th 2021.

The 2021 awardees will be presented with the awards virtually and will be featured in the virtual conference –
more details to come. Conferences to date have been held in Barcelona, New York City, New Delhi India,
Cape Town South Africa, Lima Peru, Stockholm Sweden, Istanbul Turkey, Brussels, Belgium and Seattle,
Washington/US and Shanghai, China.

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