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Shiffon Startup Competition for Startups Focused on Women Challenges 2017. $5,000 Prize and Mentorship

In the bid to engage the girl child into the societal activities, Shiffon has organised a startup competition where 5 entrepreneurs will be given the opportunity to kick-start initiatives in their respective countries.

Application Deadline: 18th January, 2017.

Winners will be announced on 25 January.

About the Award: Economic growth is inextricably linked to women’s participation in the workforce. In many corners of the globe, women have limited access to opportunities and financial resources to build a life of their own; Shiffon, a luxury jewelry design enterprise, combines business and social purpose to break this cycle and empower women and girls globally.

Shiffon was launched by two Harvard University students determined to foster a world where women and girls from around the world are empowered to pursue boundless opportunities. Made with ethically-sourced material, 50% of Shiffon’s proceeds go towards women empowerment; social good is woven into every aspect of the business. Shiffon actively collaborates with partners including United Nations Women and the Startup Girl foundation.

Type: Entrepreneurship, Contest


  • The competition is open to budding entrepreneurs passionate about launching enterprises that are driven to empower women and provide employment opportunities.
  • Applications are open to those who are in the ideation/early stages of a social venture, or are launching a new subsidiary or offshoot of an existing social enterprise.
  • Submissions are not only limited to women; men with initiatives whose purpose is to support women’s empowerment are welcome to apply.

Number of Awardees:  5

Value of Program: Shiffon is offering five $5,000 prizes and mentorship from leading fashion and tech companies and consultancies to successful applicants. They understand that mentorship in addition to capital is crucial for the success of young businesses.

How to Apply: Apply here

Visit Program Webpage for details

Award Provider: One Young World