INCO strives to foster the development of emerging players in the new economy. We envision tomorrow’s enterprise as an agent able to create global economic opportunities for all and to combine value creation and positive social and/or environmental impact. We believe in a more inclusive, diverse and sustainable world where everybody can contribute to and benefit from the new economy.
Our Impact² World Forum highlights innovative initiatives addressing today's most pressing social and environmental challenges and provides the ecosystem to turn these ideas into actions. In 2015 and 2016, we partnered with KPMG to celebrate innovative French startups with a strong social impact through the Made in France Social Award. In 2016, the Impact² World Forum was dedicated to women entrepreneurs. In partnership with ELLE magazine, we launched the first edition of the ELLE Impact² Award to support inspiring women change makers globally.
Regional finalists of the 2016 edition of the ELLE Impact² Award pitching their projects at the Paris City Hall
In 2017, we will run the first global competition for women entrepreneurs. This year’s competition will be held in 9 countries.
France | USA | Luxembourg
Hong Kong | South Africa | Chile
Morocco |Italia | Bangladesh
We collaborate with regional and global media partners in each country to promote the Award.
The Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award is three-fold:
Round 1 - Fall 2016
Entrepreneurs submit an application to participate to the competition. We shortlist the top 10 projects using our award-winning evaluation method, CDI Ratings, to assess their financial, social and/or environmental impact.
Round 2 - Fall/Winter 2016
Regional selection committees select the finalist. Each regional finalist is invited to the Impact² World Forum on March 30, 2017 in Paris.
Round 3 - March 2017
11 finalists will travel to France for the final round of the global competition, which will take place during the 6th annual Impact² World Forum at Paris City Hall. The grand-prize winners will be selected by a prestigious international jury including Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris.
Our 11 finalists will:
- have their travel and accomodation expenses covered by us
- become members of Impact Network and enjoy the perks of our global network
- benefit from regional media exposure
Our global winner will receive:
- An exclusive profile with our local media partner
- Mentorship from members of our prestigious international jury
- 20 hours of strategic coaching with INCO
If you live in the United States, you have until January 29, 2017 to apply.
If you live in Chile, you have until February 18, 2017 to apply.
Applications from other countries are closed.
IMPACT² WORLD FORUM
Gathering 1,500+ business leaders, policy makers, financial institutions and mission-driven organizations from more than 50 countries at the City Hall of Paris, the Impact² World Forum is the Davos of the New Economy. This event aims at shaping a more inclusive, diverse and sustainable economy creating pathways to economic opportunity for all. The Impact² World Forum forum also features prestigious guest speakers such as Muhammad Yunus, 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner, who honored us with his presence in 2014.
The 5th edition of the Impact² World Forum took place on April 7, 2016.
Highlights of the 2016 Edition of the Impact² World Forum