African Startup Winning! CEO of Sosai Renewable Energies, Habiba Ali Wins UN SDG WE Empower Challenge


The WE Empower UN SDG Challenge is the first of its kind global business competition for women entrepreneurs who are advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals and inspiring entire communities to act to create the world we want by 2030.  The WE Empower Challenge honors five women entrepreneurs, one from each of the five UN regions, who are advancing the SDGs through their business practices. The opportunity recognizes their innovative work, provides capacity-building training sessions and high-level advocacy opportunities to the awardees and ignites awareness about the valuable contribution women entrepreneurs can make toward the SDGs.

The WE Empower Challenges Awardees will convene in New York City during the week of the UN General Assembly on September 24 – 29.  The awardees will attend high-level events, such as the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit, a dialogue with the Council of Women World Leaders (CWWL), the We the People Summit, the G5 Collective Dinner and the Global Citizen Summit. Awardees will also participate in a dynamic pitch competition hosted by fashion designer, activist and Vital Voices Board Member Diane von Furstenberg, to present their business for the opportunity to receive a $20,000 grant.

The Winners are:

Habiba Ali, Founder, Sosai Renewable Energies (Nigeria),

Marta Del Rio Villanueva, Founder, Wasi Organic (Peru),

Hadeel Mustafa Anabtawi, Founder, The Alchemist Lab (Jordan),

Shimrit Perkol-Finkel, Co-Founder, ECOncrete Tech Limited (Isreal),

Marijana Savic, Founder, Atina and Bagel Bejgl Shop (Serbia)






















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