LADOL doing great for female entrepreneurs through UNGA WeEmpower Challenge

 Dr. Amy Jadesimi (MD LADOL) third from right, standing
at the back in a group photograph   



The Managing Director of LADOL Free Zone, Dr. Amy Jadesimi was one of the five industry leaders chosen to select the winner of the Global WeEmpower  Female Entrepreneurship challenge at the just-concluded United Nations General Assembly week in New York.
The WeEmpower 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 WeEmpower Challenge honours five women entrepreneurs, one from each of the five UN regions, who are advancing the SDGs through their business practices.

 The opportunity recognises 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 WeEmpower Awardees convened in New York City during the week of the UN General Assembly. 
The first major event was a dynamic pitch competition hosted by fashion designer, activist and Vital Voices Board Member Diane von Furstenberg, and judged Dr. Amy Jadesimi (MD LADOL), Sam Chung (EVP Finance and Strategy Salesforce.com), Anu Duggal (Founding Partner, Female Founders Fund), Cameron Fowler (President, North American Personal & Banking, BMO Financial Group) and moderated by Stephanie Mehta (Editor-in-Chief, Fast Company).

 The $20,000 grant was awarded to Leah Lizarondo, CEO and Co-Founder, 412 Food Rescue. But all five of the awardees were highly commended.

After judging the pitches, Dr. Jadesimi commented: “WeEmpower is putting brilliant female entrepreneurs on a global stage. All 5 of the awardees were impressive – both in terms of the bankability of their business models and their passionate dedication to the SDGs. These are the business models of the future. 

"The mainstream financial sector is largely oblivious to such opportunities, meaning they are also great undervalued investment opportunities. Sustainable businesses, such as these, will be the drivers of global prosperity. 80% of the 680 million new jobs the world needs will come from SMEs. We need to exponentially expand the work of organisations such as WeEmpower, so that millions of sustainable businesses and business leaders can be identified and supported across the world.

“As part of LADOL’s ongoing development, we will be developing infrastructure and facilities to support a range of sustainable entrepreneurs and SMEs – developing innovative customised solutions for the West African market.”

She added that “Investing in female entrepreneurs with sustainable business plans is one of the most lucrative ways to help ensure achieve the SDGs.”