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This year’s Rise to the Challenge Awards recognize trailblazers
among innovative women-owned businesses worldwide.



Please read the Eligibility, Submission Guidelines, Competition Rules, and Terms and Conditions before submitting an online application.


We welcome women-owned businesses that are at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by women and are certified or registered in the WEConnect International network to apply. Joining the network is free. Awards applicants gain visibility with some of the world’s biggest suppliers and the chance to win a Global or STEM Sector award.


Will be chosen by a jury of representatives from a select number of the world’s largest buying organizations and will have the most compelling stories, with a STEM focus, of overcoming challenges to gaining market access. One Global Award Winner will win a USD5,000 prize and global exposure through a new global WEConnect International advertising campaign. *


Apply by 11:59 p.m. EDT on May 14, 2021. Winners will be announced at WEConnect International’s International Day on June 21, 2021.




Information Technology/Tecnología de la Información



Facilities/Administración de Servicios

Supply Chain – Healthcare/Cadena de Suministro – Cuidado de la Salud

Sustainable Energy/Energía Sostenible

WEConnect International Network

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WEConnect International day

Get your tickets for our Signature Matchmaking Event on June 21, 2021.

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* WEConnect International is not responsible for any legal, banking or tax implications related to receiving payments from US non-profit in USD.