2014 Women In Business Competition (€5,000 prize)

Application Deadline: June 1st 2014

Take the Women in Business Challenge – the competition for women entrepreneurs in emerging markets seeking training, coaching, networks and finance($10,000 to $1 million USD) to start and grow their business.

The Women in Business Challenge – an initiative of ING and BiD Network – is a competition open to women entrepreneurs in emerging countries. Since its creation in 2009, Women in Business has provided support, coaching, visibility and finance to over 800 women heading businesses in emerging markets. 20 finalists have been supported and coached, 5 of whom have been awarded as laureates.

The finalists of the competition also win a business trip for training, B2B and investor meetings.

The competition is open to women entrepreneurs of emerging countries who have created a business plan, which fulfills the eligibility and evaluation criteria.

  • Receive feedback and support in writing your business plan
  • Access our coaching program
  • Win a business trip for training, b2b and investor meetings
  • Get access to a network of more than 50,000 like-minded entrepreneurs, coaches and investors
  • Compete for a €5,000 prize

Before you submit your plan:

1. March 1st, 2014: Deadline for the coaching program. Make sure your online application is submitted & that you selected Yes, I want a coach.

2. June 1st, 2014: Deadline for full business plans. You must submit your full business and financial plan (see the Toolkit for templates). If you did not apply before the 1st of March, you can apply now as long as you submit all the information required: application & business and financial plan.

Need help when applying? Contact us at [email protected]
After you submit your plan:

  1. June-July 2014: Jury process
  2. July 30th, 2014: 10 finalists are announced
  3. October, 2014: Women in Business Challenge Award Ceremony

Whether or not you become a finalist, all high quality business plans are eligible for the BiD Network Investor Matchmaking Services.


To participate in this competition, women entrepreneurs should submit a business plan online for a for-profit business.

They should have a financial need of US$10,000 to US$1,000,000 over the next three years.

Their business should have a positive social and/or environmental impact.

The business should be located or have impact in an emerging market.

 Submit your Application Now for the Women in Business Competition

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the Women in Business Competition


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