IWEC – International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge

This November, Brussels will welcome and honor extraordinary, inspiring, ambitious and, above all, entrepreneurial women from all over the world.

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.

After New-York, Barcelona, Lima, Stockholm and Istanbul, Brussels has been chosen to host this important event.

This two days long conference is dedicated to the challenges of female entrepreneurship. Experts will gather to speak about their experience and knowledge, and share their different points of view with the audience.

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.

With a superb list of experts and top speakers who will take place in a panel debates, take your seat and be part of this memorable conference, sharing your thoughts and network with others.

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).


November 7-8th, 2016. 

For the program, see below!


Metropole Hotel, 31, place de Brouckère, 1000 Brussels


2 days, lunch and beverages included

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



8h30           9h               Registration

9h               9h10           Welcome by Brussels Chamber – Thierry Willemarck – Chair BECI

9h10           9h20           IWEC Welcome words - President Valls & Ambassador Ruth Davis

9h20           9h45           Presentation of Awardees (1 to 5, 5 minutes each)

9h45           10h15         Presentation Ms. Ibukun Awosika, Chair First Bank of Nigeria

10h15         10h40         Presentation of Awardees (6 to 10, 5 minutes each)

10h30         11h15         Coffee Break

11h15         12h             Panel Discussion 1 – “Women’s Entrepreneurship:  Challenging the
                                     Gap, Changing the World”

Director General DG Growth (European Commission) Ms. Evans – CONFIRMED
Dean Free University of Brussels Ms Pauwels – CONFIRMED
Ms. Kanko - Writer, Politician and columnist Ms. Kanko

IWEC representative (TBD)

12h             12h25         Presentation of Awardees (11 to 15, 5 minutes each)                                     

12h30         13h30         Lunch - Networking or speaker?                                     

13h30         13h55         Presentation of Awardees (16 to 20, 5 minutes each)

  14h            14h45         Panel Discussion 2- “Women in the World: Ways to Influence and
                                       Further Women’s Business Growth
                                       Mrs. Esther Busscher- General Manager Edelman Brussels CONFIRMED

IWEC representative (TBD)

14h45         15h15         Coffee Break

15h15         15h45         Presentation of Awardees (21 to 25, 5 minutes each)

16h             16h30         Brussels Minister of foreign affairs Ms Jodogne

16h30                           End first day of presentations

Evening program, only for invitees – if you want to be part of it, please contact Amy Kessels – 0476 99 06 58

17h00                           Gather in lobby Hotel Metropole for evening program

17H00        19h             social event (location TBA)                              


 8h30           9h               Registration

9h               9h30           Caixa Bank presentation

9h30           9h55           Presentation of Awardees (26 to 30, 5 minutes each)

10h             10h45         Keynote Speaker Alexander de Croo, Vice Prime Minister of
                                     Belgium - CONFIRMED

10h45         11h15         Coffee Break

11h15         11h40         Presentation of Awardees (31 to 35, 5 minutes each)

11h40         12h25         IESE Business School Presentation – Julia Pratts - Confirmed

12h25         12h45         IESE Business School Presentation-Yolanda Serra - Confirmed

12h45         13h15         Presentation of Awardees (35-40, 5 minutes each)                                     

13h15         14h15         Luncheon – Presentation “Corporate Social Responsibility

                                     Featuring Nuria Basi & representative from Cape Chamber

14h15         15h15h       15h45          Discussion 3- “The Digital Revolution – Its Importance to
                                     the Future of Your Business"


                                     Ms Maria del Pino Velasquez – founder and president of Unisono -

                                     Ms Regina Llopis – Founding member, president and CEO AIA
                                     Ms Maria Kalas – Member of European Parliament - confirmed

                                     IESE representative

As from here, only for invitees – if you want to be part of it, please contact Amy Kessels – 0476 99 06 58

15H45        18H30        Free time & get ready for gala

18h30                           Gather in Lobby Hotel Metropole to go to Gala Dinner

19h30                           Gala Dinner (location TBC)                                       

More  info

 Amy Kessels, 02 643 78 32 – ake@beci.be

Cancellation is valid only in writing. If cancellation is received at least four working days before the seminar, registration fees will be fully refunded. Past this period, the total fee will be due, regardless of the reason for cancellation. Participants may be substituted with others. BECI reserves the right to cancel the activity if the number of registrations is insufficient


This part will be completed during the following weeks.

IWEC quote Esther Busscher

Quote Kaja Kallas

IWEC Assita Kanko