Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum
|Feb 23, 2017 - Feb 25, 2017 |Istanbul,Turkey

Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum

The International Trade Centre (ITC) and the Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey (KAGIDER) are pleased to announce that the Women Vendors Exhibition and Forum (WVEF Istanbul) will take place on 23 and 24 February 2017 at the Hilton Istanbul Bomonti Hotel. 700 company profiles have already been pre-screened and 450 companies selected to participate in the event, and new applications are being accepted through to 12 December 2016.
WVEF is the premier global event for women entrepreneurs to learn, to do business and to create lifetime opportunities to grow and internationalise their businesses. At previous events held in Brazil, Rwanda, Mexico and China, ITC facilitated thousands of business to business (B2B) meetings, catalysed more than US $ 50 million worth of commercial transaction agreements and mobilised partners to establish women’s economic empowerment initiatives across the world in support of the SheTrades initiative to connect one million women to market by 2020; click here for insights into the WVEF experience!

ITC and KAGIDER will continue to work with local and international partners to ensure that the WVEF Istanbul edition makes a demonstrated contribution to the economic empowerment of women through trade. In addition to the capacity building and business to business meetings that women entrepreneurs have traditionally benefitted from through WVEF, this year’s event will include a focus on investment and innovation.

What to expect:
  • Get fit for investment
  • Get the inside track from industry gurus
  • Boost your skills and knowledge
  • Discover YOUR place in the supply chain
  • Initiate partnerships and business relationships
WVEF sectors:
  • Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and Business Services
  • Textiles and Garments
  • Tourism
Conditions of participation:
  • Applying companies must be women owned *
  • Company must be formally registered and incorporated
  • Company must operate in one or several of the WVEF sectors (ICT and Business Services; Textiles and Garments; Tourism)
  • Company must be domiciled in an economy in transition or developing country (see list)

Companies that are successful in the competitive selection process will receive an email with a link where they can confirm their attendance in WVEF Istanbul by 12 December 2016.
Applications closed

Note: It is important to carefully and accurately fill the application form, as the information collected will be used for the selection and matching processes. Click hereto view a sample of the WVEF profile and prepare all the information necessary for the application.

Buyer information

Do not miss out on this excellent opportunity to attend THE global event linking Women vendors with buyers, partners and investors! See more information here

The Programme

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22 February

Registration at Hilton Istanbul Bomonti from 10:00 to 18:00

23 February

(SheTrades interactive exhibition area with coffee served continuously)

07:00 – 09:00 REGISTRATION

09:00 – 09:30 OPENING REMARKS
(Plenary session)

09:30 – 10:30 TOWNHALL DISCUSSION
(Plenary session)

10:30 – 10:45 Group photo

10:45 – 11:15 Coffee break

11:15 – 13:00 WVEF BUYER MENTOR GROUPS
(This parallel session prepares women vendors to take advantage of trade opportunities
and achieve commercial success. Women vendors receive mentoring
and training from sector specialists in advance of facilitated business-to-business meetings.)
ICT AND BUSINESS SERVICES BMG
TEXTILES AND GARMENTS BMG
TOURISM BMG

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:30 WVEF BUYER MENTOR GROUPS
(Parallel session)
ICT AND BUSINESS SERVICES BMG
TEXTILES AND GARMENTS BMG
TOURISM BMG

15:30 – 17:30 BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS MEETINGS; NETWORKING AND INVESTMENT PITCHES (Parallel sessions)
(Parallel sessions with coffee served at the exhibition area)

19:00 Gala Dinner


24 February

(SheTrades interactive exhibition area with coffee served continuously)

08:30 – 12:30 BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS MEETINGS; NETWORKING AND INVESTMENT PITCHES
(Parallel sessions)

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 16:00 BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS MEETINGS; NETWORKING AND INVESTMENT PITCHES
(Parallel sessions)

16:00 – 17:00 SHETRADES: HARNESSING THE MOMENTUM
(Plenary session)

17:00 – 17:30 CLOSING REMARKS
(Plenary session)


For more information:

Email: womenandtrade@intracen.org
Website: http://www.intracen.org/wvef
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ITCwomenandtrade
SheTrades: https://shetrades.com/

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