Growing SMEs: Award Season and an Entrepreneur of the Year

Growing SMEs: Award Season and an Entrepreneur of the Year

Sailesh Chudasama (owner of The eCo-Conut Company), receiving his award in 2010

Sailesh Chudasama (owner of The eCo-Conut Company), receiving his award in 2010


With the Growing SMEs Conference imminent, the finalists of Ondernemen Zonder Grenzen, the Women in Business Challenge and the Fast5 Challenge are now entering the final stage of the challenges. The culmination of these competitions will be announced at award ceremonies at the Growing SMEs Conference in The Hague.

We will also be awarding the BiD Network Entrepreneur of the Year in the BiD Challenge International.

The BiD Challenge International requested our partner countries submit at least two outstanding entrepreneurs from the last year. From this, eight competitors have been pre-selected:

MobiStine – Palestine
AxIS Investments Ltd. – Rwanda
Iyara – Argentina
Penda Health – Kenya
HABI Footwear – Philippines
Compost Liberia – Liberia
Divine masters – Uganda
Hidroxiecuador – Ecuador

As part of BiD Week, these entrepreneurs will be pitching their businesses to an expert jury. Choosing just three finalists will not be an easy task. The jury charged with this undertaking consists of:

Kim Kiszelnik, Program Manager at Doen Foundation
Saskia van der Mast, Investment Manager at dob Foundation
Bob Assenberg, Goodwell Investments
Karen Kammeraat, Informal Investor of De Investeerderclub
Margot Kam, Project Coordinator at Mesics Foundation

During BiD Week, the business week preceeding the Growing SMEs Conference, all entrepreneurs receive extensive training, attend financial consultancy and B2B meetings, and have the opportunity to network with possible investors.

The three finalists of the BiD Challenge International, chosen on November 14, will then pitch their businesses at the Growing SMEs Conference in front of an audience of peers, experts and Princess Máxima of the Netherlands, attending in her role as Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development’ of the Secretary General of the United Nations.

The title of BiD Network Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 will be announced at Growing SMEs, with Chairman of the BiD Network Supervisory Board, Maarten van Dijk presenting the winner.

To keep updated with the award ceremonies and the Growing SMEs Conference, stay tuned to the @bidnet twitter page as we will be reporting live from the event.

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