Youth in business: Pitch your plan for gender equality (en)

31 janvier 2019
ITC Nouvelles
Business students! Submit a video pitching your innovative idea to support women entrepreneurs to win our Women’s Day competition and a trip to ITC’s flagship event

The International Trade Centre (ITC) has launched its first-ever video pitch competition for youth ahead of International Women’s Day on 8 March 2019.

Female and male business school students from around the world can participate in this challenge by submitting a video with an innovative pitch on how to support women entrepreneurs in a specific sector, country and region.

Students must be enrolled in an accredited business school. Video should be a maximum of three minutes long, in English, and submitted on the ITC SheTrades website by Friday, 22 February. Videos may be produced individually or in groups.

Pitching for impact

Pitches must include the following information:

- Full name(s) of the participant(s), name of the business school, country the participant(s) is located in
- Goal of the proposed business idea and intended impact
- How the participant plans to achieve the goal
- Timeline
- United Nations Sustainable Development Goal the business idea references

The format of the video pitch is open – creative and innovative ideas are very welcome!

Judging submissions

A jury of five global leaders will meet in Geneva to review the videos and select a winner on International Women’s Day, taking into account feedback from a live audience.

Pitches will be analysed on five criteria: innovation; relevance; feasibility; expected outcome on women’s empowerment in business or on women’s lives; and presentation.

Awarding the winner

The winner/winning team will be awarded travel and accommodation for one individual to the World Export Development Forum 2019 to interact with business leaders from around the world, participate in sessions and access an international business network.

See how the World Export Development Forum connects young entrepreneurs and academics with policymakers and business people: http://www.intracen.org/itc/events/world-export-development-forum/.

About the International Trade Centre

The International Trade Centre is the only development agency that enables small and medium-sized enterprises in developing and transition economies to become more competitive and connect to international markets for trade and investment thus raising incomes and creating job opportunities, especially for women, young people, and poor communities. Its mission is to foster inclusive and sustainable economic development, and contribute to achieving the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development. The International Trade Centre is a joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations.

Through the SheTrades initiative, the International Trade Centre aims to connect three million women entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses to international markets by 2021. SheTrades works with governments, corporations and business support organizations to undertake research, shape enabling trade policies and regulations, facilitate financing, and expand access to public tenders and corporate supply chains.

About International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is about celebrating women’s social, economic, cultural and political achievements, while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender balance. This year’s campaign theme is #BalanceforBetter – better the balance, better the world. Collective action and shared responsibility for driving a gender-balanced world is key.