María Helena Antolin receives the 2018 IWEC Award

María Helena Antolin receives the 2018 IWEC Award

  • Entrepreneurs Rocío Hervella and Montse Martí also receive an award

Shanghai hosted the eleventh edition of the International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC) Conference, a global network of leading female entrepreneurs from around the world who own companies and cooperate globally in order to help create and distribute wealth in the business world.

Within the framework of this conference, María Helena Antolin, Vice-Chair of Grupo Antolin, received the 2018 IWEC Award as representative of Spain, together with the entrepreneurs Rocío Hervella, CEO of Prosol; and Montse Martí, who is responsible for new businesses and opportunities at Martí Derm.

IWEC is an initiative from the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce that was launched in 2007 in collaboration with the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and FICCI/FLO (Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and industry), with the support of the Cape Town Chamber of Commerce in South Africa. From the very start, this project has been sponsored by CaixaBank, a leading bank in the Spanish financial market, IESE Business School and Repsol. In this edition, it also counted on the collaboration of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce.

This edition was held at the official headquarters of CEIBS, one of the most important business schools in China, whose President is Pedro Nueno, moderator of one of the conference's most important round tables. The headquarters was created with the spirit of helping the entrepreneurial world, with the support of the European Union and the Government of Shanghai. In addition to Shanghai, CEIBS is also present in Beijing, Shenzhen, Accra and Zurich, an extensive network that allows it to maintain a leading position worldwide.

Each year, within the framework of this Conference, the prestigious IWEC Awards are presented in order to recognize and support female entrepreneurs around the world. Among other objectives, the IWEC Awards aim to increase the visibility, credibility and responsibility of female entrepreneurs, so that they can form an important part of the development of the 21st century global economy. The first edition of these awards took place in Barcelona in February 2007 and since then they have been held in New York (2008), New Delhi (2009), Cape Town (2010), New York (2011), Barcelona (2012), Lima (2013), Stockholm (2014), Istanbul (2015), Brussels (2016) and Seattle (2017).

In this 2018 edition, the IWEC Foundation has recognized the work of 48 female entrepreneurs operating in a wide range of industries, from engineering and construction to the technology, energy, marketing and food sectors, among others. In total, the companies run by these women have an overall turnover of more than 1.7 billion dollars and employ over 48,000 people, distributed across the five continents. The global IWEC network is growing exponentially and over its eleven years it has given awards to 337 female entrepreneurs from more than 30 countries across the five continents, who employ over 260,000 people and have a turnover of more than 29,800 million dollars.



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