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The WE Empower UN SDG Challenge

The WE Empower UN SDG Challenge is the first-of-its-kind global competition for social entrepreneurs who are advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals and inspiring entire communities to act to create the world we want by 2030. The WE Empower Challenge honors 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.

In 2022, the WE Empower Challenge Awardees will participate in events surrounding the 77th 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.

Watch as five amazing women entrepreneurs pitch their business solutions for changing the world as part of the WE Empower UN SDG Challenge 2021.


Our Objectives

Honor

Honor innovative women entrepreneurs who are supporting and achieving the SDGs through sustainable business practices and inspiration for others to follow suit.

Invest

Invest in the most inspiring and transformational women entrepreneurs – providing access to seed capital, unique trainings, capacity building, a network of their peers, visibility and credibility for their work.

Ignite

Ignite awareness among a global community of stakeholders of the valuable contribution women entrepreneurs can make in contributing to the SDGs and the obstacles they still face.

Our Partners

A special thank you to WE Empower lead partners for generous support of the UN SDG Challenge!

  • ASU
  • BMO
  • GroYourBiz
  • Hawaii Tropical Bioreserve and Garden
  • Mary Kay
  • P&G
  • Saїd Business School,
    University of Oxford
  • Salesforce
  • UN Foundation
  • Vital Voices
  • World Bank

Latest News

Hands Over: Sustainable, Community Conscious Construction

Hands Over: Sustainable, Community Conscious Construction

By Ella Schneider, WE Empower Intern “Our aim is to set an alternative for our building activities that will allow us to reduce our carbon emissions, reduce our energy consumption in buildings, improve our indoor air quality and create sustainable solutions that will create a real community development approach”. - Radwa Rostom Radwa Rostom - CEO and...

Women in Digital in a Male-Dominated Industry

Women in Digital in a Male-Dominated Industry

by Danyelle Kawamura, WE Empower Intern “We believe technology does not have any gender and we have proved that women can do the coding and technical things.” – Achia Nila, founder of Women in Digital Achia Nila, founder of Women in Digital, Bangladesh 2021 WE Empower Finalist, Asia-Pacific Over 15 years ago, Achia Nila discovered there were little...

Accelerate2030: An Innovative Take on Advancing Entrepreneurship

Accelerate2030: An Innovative Take on Advancing Entrepreneurship

By Danyelle Kawamura, WE Empower Intern “We have some eight and a half years to go into 2030 and this is a journey we really can’t do alone.” – Alexandra Boëthius, Strategic Lead of Accelerate2030 Alexandra ‘Santu’ Boëthius, Strategic Lead of Accelerate2030 and Co-founder of Impact Hub Geneva and Lausanne, Switzerland 2021 WE Empower Finalist, Europe and...

Global Goals Week

Alyse Nelson, President and CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership, and Amanda Ellis, Executive Director for Hawaii and Asia-Pacific with ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation and former UN Ambassador for New Zealand, welcome the 2019 winners of the WE Empower Challenge to New York City for United Nations Global Goals Week.

WE Empower at United Nations Global Goals Week

Highlights from the 2018 launch event with the UN Secretary General, President of the World Bank and High Commission for Human Rights.