2020 WE Empower UN SDG Challenge for Women Entrepreneurs

Deadline: April 15, 2020.

The WE Empower Challenge is a global business competition for women entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs who are advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and inspiring entire communities to create the world we want by 2030.


To be eligible to enter this competition, applicants must meet all of the following criteria. Finalists will be required to provide evidence of sales (i.e. tax returns and/or audited financial records).

  • I am a woman entrepreneur with lead decision making ability in a business or organization
  • My business/organization has been in operation for more than three years
  • I employ at least three full time staff (or full time equivalent)
  • My business/organization generates at least $100,000 USD in annual sales or revenue
  • I am proficient in spoken and written English
  • I am at least 21 years old
  • I am available to travel to NYC between 18 September – 27 September 2020


Five awardees from around the world are selected to receive an all-expenses-paid trip to New York City, NY during the UN Global Goals week (September 18-27, 2020) to engage in high profile events with UN officials and to participate in a series of tailored trainings by leading and supporting partners.


Applicants will be assessed based on a variety of factors, including the following considerations.

  1. Ability to commit to the entire week of in-person program – no exceptions
  2. Willingness to help shape the community dialogue about women’s advancement and the SDG’s in their region, and wield the influence necessary to do so.
  3. Must be able to secure a US visa.

Applicants with more than one business or organization, please complete the application regarding the business/organization THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO FOCUS ON during this Global Challenge opportunity, if you are selected to participate in the program.


  1. Register an account and apply today!
  2. Complete your application (you may save your progress)
  3. Attach your 2-minute video
  4. Submit your entry

Applicants are required to complete and submit an online application, which includes a two-minute video.

OFFICIAL LINK: https://sustainability.asu.edu/we-empower/

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