IWEC – International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge

The IWEC is an initiative of the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Commerce of Manhattan, but also FICCI/FLO (the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry Ladies Organization), joined by the Cape Chamber of commerce and Industry, Lima Chamber of Commerce, Chamber Trade Sweden, Chittagong Chamber of Commerce, Istanbul Chamber of commerce and finally the CACCI (Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce & Industry).


IWEC’s mission is to develop a global business network for successful women business owners, to empower them, helping them gain and expand access to new markets and geographies, granting them unique networking and mentoring opportunities along the way. Another IWEC’s goal is to help connect the small & mid-size women business owners globally, those who are already in the global marketplace & want to expand or those who want to learn from other women leaders.

Conference & Award Ceremony in Brussels – November 2016

Seize the opportunity to be a part of this 2-days conference taking place in Brussels, Belgium for the 2016 Annual IWEC Conference.  Belgian women entrepreneurs can apply for IWEC nominations 2016, but everyone can subscribe to assist to the Conference and the Gala dinner.


IWEC is an exchange of knowledge and expertise thanks to the nominees’ pitches, adding to this you will hear pitches about several topics tackled by experts. To close this ceremony, the Gala dinner where Awardees are going to receive their awards will take place the 8th in the evening.


IWEC will help you grow your business and help you find opportunities. It is also a chance to make connection all over the world through networking with potential strategic clients and partners.


In each edition several women receive an award, please find below the criteria for being nominated:

  • Must be a woman-owned, for-profit business and must be actively involved in importing or exporting goods or services or be a successful company ready to begin global business                                      
  • Business must be 51% owned by a woman (or if handed down through a family, a woman must be the president, CEO or managing director for at least three years) actively involved in the day-to-day running of the business
  • Business must be a for-profit entity in services or manufacturing (excluding performing arts)
  • Business must be in existence at least three years
  • Business must have a minimum annual revenue equivalent to US $1.5 million
  • Agrees to be involved with IWEC as a past awardee for two years (supporting, attending conferences, etc.)
  • Company must be run ethically that express our values and standards that guide our conduct – must exhibit a commitment to honesty, fairness, objectivity and responsibility.
  • Must be able to attend the annual conference

Why should you apply?  If chosen, you have the opportunity to:

  • gain further international recognition for your business
  • network with potential strategic partners and clients
  • share and learn from best practices to help your business grow globally
  • share your corporate responsibility/mentorship programs and learn of others from awardees
  • connect with a network of other awardees/chambers and be a part of the IWEC family


Metropole Hotel, 31, place de Brouckère, 1000 Brussels


2 days, lunch and beverages included

BECI Member : 250 € - Non Member BECI : 325€

Program & registration

More info

BECI/Enterprise Europe Network – Amy Kessels, 02 643 78 32 – ake@beci.be