5th Women In Business Competition

5th Women In Business Competition


The competition is open to women entrepreneurs of emerging countries who have created a business plan, which fulfills the eligibility and evaluation criteria.

  • Receive feedback and support in writing your business plan
  • Access our coaching program
  • Win a business trip for training, b2b and investor meetings
  • Get access to a network of more than 50,000 like-minded entrepreneurs, coaches and investors
  • Compete for a €5,000 prize 

The Finalists of 2014

This year BiD Network and ING organized the 5th edition of the Women in Business Challenge. The 5 finalists are inspiring women entrepreneurs from Burundi, South Africa, Peru and Colombia. Additionally, we have selected the 4 best applicants from Kosovo, Rwanda, Liberia and Palestine. 

Yuli Torres - Sumaq Qara 
Startup from Peru in textile production
Sumaq Qara produces textiles embroidered with applications in high-quality leather, competitive in the international market. The company supports women victims of terrorism, domestic and sexual violence, to find markets for their handmade products like bags, cushions, belts and decorative accessories.

Suzana Moreira - moWoza (WINNER)
Startup from South Africa in mobile technology & Internet services
moWoza is a mobile phone shopping channel aimed at the Bottom of the Pyramid, low income cross-border migrant living away from home, and for the cross-border shopper. Through strategic partnerships across countries moWoza is able to ensure that beneficiaries can access goods at competitive prices.

Ana Barrera - Aflore
Business from Colombia in personal credit institutions
Aflore addresses a white space in consumer financial services for the underbanked in Latin America, a market of 12.7 million people by creating a new channel leveraging on existing trust networks. Aflore distributes loans and insurance products through a network of informal financial advisors and in that way, Aflore is able to engage with customers that current financial institutions are not addressing, through better information for risk assessment while keeping operational costs low.

Claudia Esparza - Nanas y Amas
Startup from Peru in job services
Nanas & Amas is a company that promotes decent work for domestic workers. Its clients are people with high incomes that can pay good wages to a efficient workers. Nanas & Amas is one of the most recognized companies in its industry. Currently they have over 50,000 followers on Facebook. The company has been in the market for 5 years and has launched a Corporate Social Responsibility Project.

Dora Karani - Garden City
Business from Burundi in agriculture & food
Garden City is an agri-business company that has been growing mushrooms for the past seven years in the City of Bujumbura. The philosophy of the business is to provide good quality mushrooms to the population of Burundi at first and for export in general at a good quality/price ratio. Garden City's products have been promoted through an awareness campaign (to sensitize the population on the health benefits of consuming mushrooms) and an effective distribution system. The sales have increased over the years and promise to soar in the years to come. Garden City is planning to expand its business so as to continue meeting the rising demand.


There are the 4 best applicants from Kosovo, Rwanda, Liberia and Palestine:


Isra'a Odeh - Pal Eco-Manufacturing Company
Business from Palestine in manufacturing
Pal Eco-Manufacturing Company recycles paper into currogated paperboard. The corrugated paper sheet is used by local manufacturers to produce different kinds of corrugated boxes.


Lirije Ilazie - Rolleo
Business from Kosovo in food production
Rolleo produces biscuits, cakes and long-term desserts.


Maria Mayanja - Angaza
Business from Rwanda in waste management
Angaza Ltd creatively reduces waste from non-biodegradable materials in Kigali through upcycling. They give new life to these materials by transforming them into personal accessories.


Brenda Dahn-Caine - GoGo Green Farms
Business from Liberia in agriculture
GoGo Green Farms seeks to build a sustainable livestock market in the genetic industry within Liberia, through the production and sale of pigs to a market that relies largely on imports due to the lack/very little production of livestock. Pigs multiply really fast, are highly adaptable and easy to farm. They yield more meat and generate great profit at very low cost. 


Before you submit your plan:

1. March 1st, 2014: Deadline for the coaching program. Make sure your online application is submitted & that you selected Yes, I want a coach.

2. NEW DEADLINE: July 6st, 2014: Deadline for full business plans. You must submit your full business and financial plan (see the Toolkit for templates). If you did not apply before the 1st of March, you can apply now as long as you submit all the information required: application & business and financial plan.

Need help when applying? Contact us at [email protected]


After you submit your plan:

  1. July- August 2014: Jury process
  2. September 12th, 2014: 5 finalists are announced
  3. November 21st, 2014: Women in Business Challenge Award Ceremony

Whether or not you become a finalist, all high quality business plans are eligible for the BiD Network Investor Matchmaking Services.



To participate in this competition, women entrepreneurs should submit a business plan online for a for-profit business.

They should have a financial need of US$10,000 to US$1,000,000 over the next three years.

Their business should have a positive social and/or environmental impact.

The business should be located or have impact in an emerging market.



The toolkit is a collection of documents, videos and external links to provide you some guidance before submitting your entry.

bidX Business Plan Template




You can use these templates to build your full business plan. The information requested in these templates is the information we expect you to submit before the final deadline on the 1st of June 2014.

Plantilla Plan de Negocios bidX




Usted puede utilizar esta plantilla para crear su plan de negocios completo. La información solicitada en esta plantilla es la información que esperamos que usted presente antes de la fecha límite, el 1 de junio de 2014.

bidX Financial Plan




You can use these templates to build your full financial plan. The information requested in these templates is the information we expect you to submit before the final deadline on the 1st of June 2014.

Plantilla Plan de Finanzas bidX




Usted puede utilizar estas plantillas para crear su plan de finanzas completo. La información solicitada en estas plantillas es la información que esperamos que usted presente antes de la fecha límite, el 1 de junio de 2014.

About the Sponsors

BiD Network contributes to sustainable economic growth by stimulating entrepreneurship in emerging markets. With over 45,000 members and 10,000 business plans, BiDNetwork.org is the world's largest online community for emerging market Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), coaches and investors.

Since 2005, BiD Network has launched 670 businesses, created more than 4700 direct jobs, and mobilized $15 million from investors. In November 2010, BiD Network was chosen by a G-20 jury as one of the 14 most innovative SME Finance organizations in the world.


BiD Network contribuye a un crecimiento económico sostenible a través del estímulo del emprendimiento en mercados emergentes. Con más de 40.000 miembros y 10.000 planes de negocios, BiDNetwork.org es la mayor comunidad en línea para Pequeñas y Medianas Empresas (PyMEs), Asesores e Inversionistas en mercados emergentes.

Desde el 2005 BiD Network ha ayudado a iniciar unas 490 PyMEs, creando más de 3500 trabajos directos y movilizando 12 millones de dólares de los inversionistas. En noviembre del 2010, BiD Network fue seleccionada por un jurado del G-20 como una de las 14 organizaciones de Financiamiento de PyMEs más innovadoras del mundo.

  • ING
  • - Amsterdam – Netherlands

ING is a global financial institution of Dutch origin, offering banking, investments, life insurance and retirement services to meet the needs of a broad customer base. Going forward, we will concentrate on our position as an international retail, direct and commercial bank, while creating an optimal base for an independent future for our insurance and investment management operations. With more than 105,000 employees, we serve over 85 million private, corporate and institutional customers in over 40 countries in Europe, North America and Latin America, Asia and Australia.


ING es una institución financiera global de origen holandés que ofrece banca, inversiones, seguros de vida y jubilación para satisfacer las necesidades de una amplia base de clientes. En el futuro, vamos a concentrarnos en nuestra posición como un banca para particulares, directo y comercial, y a la vez creando una base ideal para un futuro independiente de nuestro seguro y las operaciones de gestión de inversiones. Con más de 105.000 empleados, atendemos a más de 85 millones de clientes privados, corporativos e institucionales en más de 40 países de Europa, América del Norte y América Latina, Asia y Australia.

  • BidX
  • - Amsterdam – Netherlands

Over 80% of the new jobs in any economy are created by fewer than 10% of the companies operating in it. These are the small and medium sized businesses that grow consistently year after year.

Bidx is a web-services company with a mission. We aim to integrate the often fragmented entrepreneurial ecosystems in countries thereby unleashing the growth potential of small fast growing businesses.


Más del 80% de los nuevos puestos de trabajo en toda economía son creados por menos del 10% de las empresas que operan en él. Estas son las empresas de tamaño pequeño y mediano que crecen en forma sostenida año tras año.

BiDx es una compañía de servicios web con una misión. Nuestro objetivo es integrar los ecosistemas empresariales a menudo fragmentados en los países desatando así el potencial de crecimiento de las pequeñas empresas de crecimiento rápido.

Happietariais a temporary restaurant for good causes, completely run by student volunteers! This project takes place every year in different student cities throughout the Netherlands.

The returns from Happietaria Amsterdam 2013 will go to two outstanding projects, BiD Network's Women in Business Challenge and ZOA Netherlands' Water & Sanitation in Myanmar. Come to Happietaria for more than a meal!

Reservations are possible via http://happietaria-amsterdam.nl/


Happietaria es un restaurante temporal para buenas causas, ¡totalmente a cargo de estudiantes voluntarios! Este proyecto se lleva a cabo cada año en diferentes ciudades de estudiantes de los Países Bajos.

Las ganancias de Happietaria Amsterdam 2013 se destinarán a dos proyectos, el concurso Mujeres de Negocios de BiD Network in Business y el proyecto de saneamiento de agua en Myanmar de la organización ZOA hr.

¡Ven a Happietaria a más que a comer!

Es posible reservar en http://happietaria-amsterdam.nl/