Applications Invited for SheTrades Invest for Women Entrepreneurs

Applications Invited for SheTrades Invest for Women Entrepreneurs

Organization: International Trade Centre

Apply By: 30 Sep 2019

About the ITC

ITC is the joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations. As the joint agency of the United Nations and the WTO, ITC is the only multilateral agency fully dedicated to supporting the internationalisation of SMEs. Its joint mandate combines a focus on expanding trade opportunities with the aim of fostering sustainable development.

ITC issues call for women entrepreneurs to join second phase of SheTrades Invest

The International Trade Centre’s SheTrades initiative aims to connect 3 million women entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses to international markets by 2021.

Under the umbrella of the SheTrades Initiative, SheTrades Invest is dedicated to supporting fruitful relationships between investors and women entrepreneurs in developing markets. In doing so, SheTrades Invest addresses the sixth global action of the SheTrades initiative - unlocking financial services for women-owned businesses.

SheTrades Invest will: 

  • Strengthen the financial and managerial capacity of women entrepreneurs, improve their investment readiness, and connect them to impact investors and financiers
  • Build a pipeline for investors of women-owned businesses and SMEs that are benefitting women.

Application Process for Women-owned Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and SMEs Benefitting Women

Conditions to apply:

The enterprise must comply with at least one of the three criteria below: 

  • Be at least 51% owned by woman/women;
  • Be at least 20% owned by woman/women, has at least one woman as CEO/COO/President/Vice President; and has at least 30% of the board of directors composed of women, where a board exists; or
  • Be a SME benefitting women.

 Your company would preferably be operating in one of the following sectors:

  • Agri-Business
  • Agriculture
  • Artisan
  • Beauty   & Wellness
  • Culture
  • Education
  • Energy
  • Environment
  • Financial     Services
  • Health
  • Housing Development
  • IT & BPO
  • Manufacturing
  • Infrastructure and   Facilities Development
  • Sanitation
  • Textile & Apparel
  • Tourism
  • Transport & Logistics
  • Water

*Please note, only selected applicants will be contacted.

Benefits for women-owned small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and SMEs benefiting women:

  • Access to a range of local, regional and global investors and impact investors
  • Access to capacity-building/technical assistance from ITC
  • Increased level of competitiveness and a deeper understanding of business practices, trade and investment

How to apply:

For investors who are interested to join SheTrades Invest and build a pipeline of women entrepreneurs, please send an email to womenandtrade@intracen.org   

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