The WE Empower UN SDG Challenge 2021

OPEN TO: woman entrepreneur with lead decision-making ability in a business or a not-for-profit organization.
BENEFITS: $20,000 grant.

The WE Empower UN SDG Challenge

The WE Empower UN SDG Challenge 2021 is now accepting applications. The WE Empower Challenge is a global competition for women entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs who are advancing the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and inspiring entire communities to create the world we want by 2030.

The WE Empower Challenge honours innovative women leaders from around the world who are pushing the SDGs forward through sustainable business practices and inspiring others to follow suit. The opportunity recognizes their innovative work and provides Awardees with capacity-building training sessions and opportunities to connect with an unparalleled global network to advance their enterprises. This program elevates and showcases the valuable contribution women entrepreneurs and business leaders can make toward the SDGs and solving the world’s greatest challenges.

Who Can Apply for WE Empower UN SDG Challenge

Applicants must be:

  • a woman entrepreneur with lead decision-making ability in a business or a not-for-profit organization.
  • business or organization that has been in operation for more than three years.
  • business or not-for-profit organization that generates at least $100,000 in USD in annual revenue or sales.
  • business or organization with atleast three full-time staff (or full-time equivalent).
  • proficient in written and spoken English.
  • available to travel to New York, NY and participate in the Contest events from Friday, September 17 through Saturday, September 25, 2021 (COVID-19 travel restrictions permitting) OR participate in a virtual program if needed from August through October 2021.

Benefits of WE Empower UN SDG Challenge

  • In 2021, the WE Empower Challenge Awardees will participate in events surrounding the 76th UN General Assembly as well as will connect with renowned business experts from around the world.
  • Awardees will also participate in a dynamic pitch competition, hosted by fashion designer, activist and Vital Voices Board Member Diane von Furstenberg, to present their business for the opportunity to receive a $20,000 grant.

WE Empower UN SDG Challenge Method of Application

The application will be open until April 15, 2021. Applicants must meet all the eligibility requirements. If you have questions about the program or have technical troubles, please contact

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