A female entrepreneur from Uzbekistan wins an international competition co-sponsored by the World Bank and the UN
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- Saida Yusupova, a CEO of a consulting firm from Tashkent, became a winner of the global competition for women entrepreneurs co-sponsored by the World Bank Group and UN.
The annual global SDGs and Her Competition showcases women entrepreneurs worldwide who are contributing to resolving global social, economic and environmental problems. The competition is co-sponsored by the World Bank Group, UNDP, UN Women, and the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at the Wharton School.
The competition seeks to increase knowledge about the SDGs and their potential impacts on women’s lives, as well as to stimulate collaboration with private sector partners and share best practices and innovative ideas in resolving global social, economic and environmental problems. The competition is open to women who own and/or lead micro-enterprises with nine or fewer employees, and annual sales under $100,000.
The 2019 contest attracted over 1,200 entries from all regions of the world. After considering them, the distinguished jury announced that the competition winners are Saida Yusupova from Uzbekistan, the founder and CEO at Green Business Innovation, a consulting firm based in Tashkent, and Vandana Suri from India, the CEO at TaxShe, a startup operating in Bangalore. The winners were chosen based on the contribution of their organizations to achieving various social, economic and environmental goals under the SDGs, as well as a long-term impact of their business projects and ability to deliver good results for the local communities.
Green Business Innovation managed by Saida Yusupova renders consultancy services in climate change, green technologies, sustainable energy, renewables and innovations, a participation of women in tech projects and social entrepreneurship. Currently, the company supports 3 projects, including science and water accelerators promoting green startups, and the ClimateLaunchpad contest (the world's largest green business ideas competition) in Uzbekistan, which involve women and girls. Through its consultancy work, the company addresses such SDGs as ensuring clean water and sanitation for all, promoting decent work and economic growth, building industry, innovation, and resilient infrastructure and taking urgent climate action.
TaxShe managed by Vandana Suri is an exclusive, all-women, driver-on-demand service that provides transportation services to school children and women workers, making day-time and late-night travel safe. TaxShe selects drivers from marginalized communities, provides them with professional driving skills and employs them as part- or full-time drivers. Through its business, TaxShe addresses such SDGs as ensuring further gender equality, promoting decent work and economic growth, as well as reducing inequality.
Saida and Vandana and will speak about their work and impact at an Award Ceremony on April 11, 2019, taking place on the sidelines of the World Bank Group-International Monetary Fund Spring Meetings in Washington, D.C.