World Bank Group SDGs&Her Competition 2020 for Women Entrepreneurs (Funded to the 2020 World Bank Group-IMF Spring Meetings in Washington D.C. USA)

Application Deadline: January 10th 2020

In 2015, all 193 United Nations member countries signed on to 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to “create the future we want in 2030.”

SDGs&Her is an online competition for women entrepreneurs to showcase how they are supporting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through their business operations. The objectives of the initiative are to:

  • recognize women implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including women business owners of microenterprises;
  • increase knowledge about the SDGs and their potential impacts on women among non-traditional audiences; and
  • collaborate with private sector partners on all SDGs, but SDG5 in particular; to share best practices and innovative ideas.

The first ever SDGs&Her competition in 2018 attracted over 1,200 contenders through an online competition platform from 88 countries. The 2019 contest attracted over 1,200 entries from all regions of the world: Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, South Asia, the Middle East and North Arica, Europe and Central Asia, and East Asia and the Pacific.

Eligibility:

The competition is open to women who own and/or lead micro and small enterprises (1-9 employees; under USD $10,000 loan eligibility OR annual sales under $100,000) OR (10-49 employees; under USD $100,000 loan eligibility OR annual sales under $3000,000

To Enter:

Applicants complete a short online template, describing their work and linking their initiative/product to 1 or more SDGs.

Judging:

Entries will be screened by a university partner and then judged by an expert panel. Judges will determine the winners based on the impact on the SDGs, vision and purpose, and clarity of the entries.

Prizes:

 The top winners will be recognized in April 2020 at an event on the margins of the 2020 World Bank Group-IMF Spring Meetings in Washington D.C.

 The stories of the winning women entrepreneur (and many other notable entries) will be shared through partners’ social media and websites.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the World Bank Group SDGs&Her Competition 2020

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