Events and Business opportunities for you

SheTrades ConnectEast Africa Com

17-18 MAY 2017- NAIROBI, KENYA

Join SheTrades during East Africa Com, a premium ICT show that connects the entire East African digital ecosystem and reflects the rapid convergence between the telecoms, media, broadcasting, and technology spaces.

Don’t miss this opportunity and if you meet the below criteria, apply today to participate in East Africa.Com and benefit of additional training on 15 May and meet potential buyers and investors during a special B2B event on 16 May.

Who can apply:
  • Majority women owned company; managed and controlled enterprises; companies that are legally registered and incorporated; domiciled in an economy of East Africa in the ICT and Business Services sector;
  • Companies that can cover their travel costs to Nairobi, Kenya, accommodation and other expenses on site, as travel, accommodation and other expenses on site are not covered by ITCand must be paid by the participants on a cost-sharing basis;
  • Applicants that are be able to communicate in English.
Benefits of participation:
  • ITC will offer a space to selected women entrepreneurs at East Africa Com;
  • ITC will provide support in terms of capacity building & training to participants;
  • ITC will help identifying new partnership opportunities and new markets;
  • ITC will support companies in meeting potential new Buyers, Global Players and Investors.
How to apply:
  • Fill the EastAfrica Com profile form and send it to womenandtrade@intracen.org as soon as possible and before 6thApril 2017 (due to limited space available)

Please note that applications will go through a competitive selection process and only the selected women entrepreneurs will be contacted by ITC.

Contact womenandtrade@intracen.org for further information

SheTrades ConnectSource Africa

23-25 MAY 2017 – IN CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA

Join SheTrades during Source Africa, atrade expo that highlights the creativity and innovation of the African cotton, textile and clothing industries enabling International and African buyers to view and explore a wide array of top class products and services from Africa.

Don’t miss this opportunity and if you meet the below criteria, apply today to participate in Source Africa to meet potential buyers and investors and benefit of technical training.

Who can apply:
  • Majority women owned company; managed and controlled enterprises; companies that are legally registered and incorporated; domiciled in Uganda or Rwandain the Textiles and Apparel industry;
  • Companies that can cover their travel costs to Cape Town, South Africa, accommodation and other expenses on site, as travel, accommodation and other expenses on site are not covered by ITC and must be paid by the participants on a cost-sharing basis;
  • Applicants that are be able to communicate in English.
Benefits of participation:
  • ITC will offer a space to selected women entrepreneurs at Source Africa;
  • ITC will provide support in terms of capacity building & training to participants;
  • ITC will help identifying new partnership opportunities and new markets;
  • ITC will support companies in meeting potential new Buyers, Global Players and Investors.
How to apply:

Please note that applications will go through a competitive selection process and only the selected women entrepreneurs will be contacted by ITC.

Contact womenandtrade@intracen.org for further information

SheTrades Connect Pure London

23-25 JULY 2017 – LONDON, THE UNITED KINGDOM

Join SheTrades during Pure London, UK’s largest gathering of fashion buyers that showcases footwear, accessories and ready to wear collections from over 1,000 mid to high-end brands and designers.

Don’t miss this opportunity and if you meet the below criteria, apply today to receive training, participate in Pure London and meet potential buyers.

Who can apply:
  • Majority women owned company; managed and controlled enterprises; companies that are legally registered and incorporated; domiciled in an economy in transition or developing country;
  • Women entrepreneurs who would like to exhibit at Pure London their latest Spring/Summer Collection;
  • Companies that can cover their travel costs to UK, accommodation and other expenses on site, as travel, accommodation and other expenses on site are not covered by ITC and must be paid by the participants on a cost-sharing basis;
  • Applicants that are be able to communicate in English.
Benefits of participation:
  • ITC will offer a space to selected women entrepreneurs to exhibit at Pure London;
  • ITC will provide support and capacity building trainings to participants;
  • ITC will help identifying new partnership opportunities and new markets;
  • ITC will support companies in meeting potential new Buyers, Global Players and Investors.
How to apply:
  • Fill out the online Application Form as soon as possible and before 3rd April 2017 (due to limited space available)

Please note that applications will go through a competitive selection process and only the selected women entrepreneurs will be contacted by ITC.

Contact womenandtrade@intracen.org for further information

SheTrades Connect MAISON&OBJET

8-12 September 2017 – PARIS, FRANCE

Join SheTrades during MAISON&OBJET, professional trade fair for interior design dedicated to lifestyle, decoration and design.

Who can apply:
  • Majority women owned company; managed and controlled enterprises; companies that are legally registered and incorporated; domiciled in an economy in transition or developing country;
  • Companies that can cover their travel costs to Paris, France, accommodation and other expenses on site, as travel, accommodation and other expenses on site are not covered by ITC and must be paid by the participants on a cost-sharing basis;
  • Applicants that are be able to communicate in English.
Benefits of participation:
  • ITC will offer a space to selected women entrepreneurs to exhibit at Maison&Objet;
  • ITC will provide support and capacity building trainings to participants;
  • ITC will help identifying new partnership opportunities and new markets;
  • ITC will support companies in meeting potential new Buyers, Global Players and Investors.
How to apply:
  • Fill out the online Application Form as soon as possible and before 18 April 2017 (due to limited space available)

Please note that applications will go through a competitive selection process and only the selected women entrepreneurs will be contacted by ITC.

Contact womenandtrade@intracen.org for further information

FAIR 2017 – Fair Trade Cooperation for Sustainable Consumption and Trade Fair “FAIR FRIENDS”

2-11 September 2017 – DORTMUND, GERMANY

SheTrades Connect would like to share with you the opportunity offered by GIZ on 2-11 September 2017: “FAIR 2017 – Fair Trade Cooperation for Sustainable Consumption” 3 – 6 September Delegation tour and 7-10 September Trade Fair “FAIR FRIENDS” (http://www.fair-friends.de/en/home.html) in Dortmund

Who can apply:
  • Majority women owned company; managed and controlled enterprises; companies that are legally registered and incorporated; domiciled in an economy in transition or developing country;priority will be given to the following products: Textiles, Accessories, Toys, Bags, Jewellery, Cosmetics, Decoration/Lifestyle, Furniture.
  • Fair Trade producers (or producers who want to be recognized as Fair Trade producers and are ready to start the certification procedure) and are ready to start the certification procedure) who distinguish themselves by an ecologically and socially sustainable production procedure and the offer of sustainable products.; for exampleupcycling products or goods produced according to principles like waste avoidance and production without energy consumption or using renewable energies
  • Initial export experience is required(international meetings, participation in
    trade fairs, export experience, readiness to negotiate) – but preference will be given to those who still have not signed a big contract with animporter in Germany
  • Companies are requested to contribute 500 euro per company representative directly to GIZ;
  • Applicants should know English
  • In case you already participated in this GIZ event, you can NOT participate once more.
Benefits of participation:
  • GIZ will offer a space to selected women entrepreneurs to exhibit atFAIR FRIENDS
  • GIZ will provide travel, visa, accommodation, transport, insurance and other expenses on site will be covered by GIZ for selected participants;
  • ITC will provide support and capacity building trainings to participants;
  • ITC will help identifying new partnership opportunities and new markets;
  • ITC will support companies in meeting potential new Buyers, Global Players and Investors.
How to apply:

Applications will go through a competitive selection process and only the selected women entrepreneurs will be contacted by ITC. ITC will share with GIZ the strongest applications and GIZ will take the final decision.

Contact womenandtrade@intracen.org for further information

SheTrades Rwanda Launch

22 – 23 MARCH 2017 AT KIGALI CONVENTION CENTRE

The case for the economic empowerment of women as a crucial driver of development and sustainable economic growth is unquestionable. On 1 September 2015, the International Trade Centre (ITC) launched the SheTrades initiative to coincide with the adoption of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Developed through extensive consultations with a diverse group of stakeholders, SheTrades is a wide-ranging initiative to empower women economically through greater integration in global trade and investment, with a goal to connect one million women to markets by 2020.

Women own close to 10 million of the world’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), but this figure only accounts for one third of the total number of SMEs globally. There are major obstacles that must be overcome in order to foster a greater number of successful women entrepreneurs. These obstacles include inequalities in terms of access to markets, education and training, financial services and entrepreneurship opportunities.

ITC and the Ministry of Trade, Industry and East African Community Affairs (MINEACOM) are joining efforts to support women entrepreneurs under the SheTrades initiative in Rwanda. The programme will bring together partners from government, academia, financial services, and the private sector to commit to actions that foster entrepreneurship of women and support them to overcome these challenges to grow their businesses and access global markets.

As part of the SheTrades Rwanda Launch, there will be a special focus on the Mitreeki East Africa – India Partnership. Mitreeki is an initiative that aims to contribute to the goal of SheTrades by fostering women entrepreneurs in East Africa through knowledge exchange regionally and with India. Mitreeki will participate in and host sessions at the SheTrades Rwanda launch.

Download the flyer here

SheTrades online:

Twitter: #SheTrades @ITCNEWS
Web: https://shetrades.com/
Mobile App: SheTrades on Google Playstore (IOS in March 2017)
International Trade Centre website: http://www.intracen.org/itc/projects/women-and-trade
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ITCwomenandtrade

Objectives of the event

The event is an engagement opportunity for high-level delegates to learn more about SheTrades and explore opportunities to leverage this global initiative to achieve the shared goal of economically empowering women. Further, this will be an opportunity for women entrepreneurs to meet with policymakers and discuss some of their challenges such as access to finance, education, training and global markets. Finally, the event will provide a platform for women entrepreneurs from across East Africa and India to exchange knowledge, network and further develop their business relationships.


Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum

Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum

The International Trade Centre (ITC) and the Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey (KAGIDER) are pleased to announce that the Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum (WVEF Istanbul) will take place on 23 and 24 February 2017 at the Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel. 700 company profiles have already been pre-screened and 450 companies selected to participate in the event, and new applications are being accepted through to 12 December 2016.
WVEF is the premier global event for women entrepreneurs to learn, to do business and to create lifetime opportunities to grow and internationalise their businesses. At previous events held in Brazil, Rwanda, Mexico and China, ITC facilitated thousands of business to business (B2B) meetings, catalysed more than US $ 50 million worth of commercial transaction agreements and mobilised partners to establish women’s economic empowerment initiatives across the world in support of the SheTrades initiative to connect one million women to market by 2020; click here for insights into the WVEF experience!

ITC and KAGIDER will continue to work with local and international partners to ensure that the WVEF Istanbul edition makes a demonstrated contribution to the economic empowerment of women through trade. In addition to the capacity building and business to business meetings that women entrepreneurs have traditionally benefitted from through WVEF, this year’s event will include a focus on investment and innovation.

Countdown to 23/02/2017
What to expect:
  • Get fit for investment
  • Get the inside track from industry gurus
  • Boost your skills and knowledge
  • Discover YOUR place in the supply chain
  • Initiate partnerships and business relationships
WVEF sectors:
  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Business Services
  • Textiles and Garments
  • Tourism
Conditions of participation:
  • Applying companies must be women owned *
  • Company must be formally registered and incorporated
  • Company must operate in one or several of the WVEF sectors (ICT and Business Services; Textiles and Garments; Tourism)
  • Company must be domiciled in an economy in transition or developing country (see list)

Companies that are successful in the competitive selection process will receive an email with a link where they can confirm their attendance in WVEF Istanbul by 12 December 2016.
Applications closed

<\p>Note: It is important to carefully and accurately fill the application form, as the information collected will be used for the selection and matching processes. Click here to view a sample of the WVEF profile and prepare all the information necessary for the application.

Buyer information

Do not miss out on this excellent opportunity to attend THE global event linking Women vendors with buyers, partners and investors! See more information here

The Programme

Donwnload the full programme here

22 February

Registration at Hilton Istanbul Bomonti from 10:00 to 18:00

23 February

(SheTrades interactive exhibition area with coffee served continuously)

07:00 – 09:00 REGISTRATION
09:00 – 09:30 OPENING REMARKS
(Plenary session)
09:30 – 10:30 TOWNHALL DISCUSSION
(Plenary session)
10:30 – 10:45 Group photo
10:45 – 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 – 13:00 WVEF BUYER MENTOR GROUPS
(This parallel session prepares women vendors to take advantage of trade opportunities
and achieve commercial success. Women vendors receive mentoring
and training from sector specialists in advance of facilitated business-to-business meetings.)
ICT AND BUSINESS SERVICES BMG
TEXTILES AND GARMENTS BMG
TOURISM BMG
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 WVEF BUYER MENTOR GROUPS
(Parallel session)
ICT AND BUSINESS SERVICES BMG
TEXTILES AND GARMENTS BMG
TOURISM BMG
15:30 – 17:30 BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS MEETINGS; NETWORKING AND INVESTMENT PITCHES (Parallel sessions)
(Parallel sessions with coffee served at the exhibition area)
19:00 Gala Dinner

24 February

(SheTrades interactive exhibition area with coffee served continuously)

08:30 – 12:30 BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS MEETINGS; NETWORKING AND INVESTMENT PITCHES
(Parallel sessions)
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 16:00 BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS MEETINGS; NETWORKING AND INVESTMENT PITCHES
(Parallel sessions)
16:00 – 17:00 SHETRADES: HARNESSING THE MOMENTUM
(Plenary session)
17:00 – 17:30 CLOSING REMARKS
(Plenary session)

 

For more information:

Email: womenandtrade@intracen.org
Website: http://www.intracen.org/wvef
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ITCwomenandtrade
SheTrades: https://shetrades.com/