Building Successful, Respected Companies 

The Lima Chamber of Commerce will host The 7th Annual International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge Conference from 10th to 13th November.

26 women entrepreneurs, all who have achieved the highest standards of excellence in business practice, have been selected to receive IWEC  awards representing 12 countries, namely Bangladesh, Canada, ColombiaIndia, The Netherlands, Peru, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, The Philippines, Turkey and the United States of America.

The criteria is as follows

  • Companies women owners actively involved in the import or export of goods or services, or to be a successful business ready to start international businesses.
  • The company must be 51% owned by a woman (or if it was handed down through the family, the position of Chairman, CEO or Managing Director must be held by a woman for at least three years) and shall be actively involved in the day-to-day running of the business 

  • The company must be in existence at least three years.

  • The company must have a minimum annual income of US$1 million.

  • The company must be part of the professional services or manufacturing industry sector (excluding performing arts).
  • Business must be part of or in a mentorship program or other related, 
supporting communities as part of its corporate responsibility.

The International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC) is an initiative of the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Chamber of Commerce of Manhattan (New York) and FICCI/FLO (the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry Ladies Organization) supported by The US Department of State. IWEC was established in 2006 with the first IWEC Conference held in Barcelona in 2007 featuring three awardees from India. Subsequently, IWEC Conferences have been hosted in the cities of New York City, New Delhi and Cape Town.

IWEC also presents a platform for the exchange of knowledge, experience and connectivity among women business owners worldwide setting the stage for new business opportunities and joint ventures, and promoting social dialog among women entrepreneurs and business leaders.

The three-day conference aims to establish channels of cooperation and exchange of knowledge and best practices between East and West with the main objective to create business opportunities. Several breakaway events have been arranged by the organizing committee to facilitate business-to-business meetings. Thus encouraging global entrepreneurial interaction and dealings.

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