Fijian delegation headed to Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2017

The United States of America and the Republic of India are proud to announce the eighth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Hyderabad, India on 28-30 November, 2017. This year’s Summit will highlight the theme Women First, Prosperity for All and will focus on supporting women entrepreneurs and fostering economic growth globally.

President Donald J. Trump announced the Summit during the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the White House on June 26, 2017. Advisor to the President, Ivanka Trump, will lead the U.S. contingent to #GES2017 and will highlight the theme.

The 1,500 participants including nearly 300 investors and ecosystem supporters will catalyze investment and networking at the Summit. Women will represent 52.5 percent of entrepreneurs, investors and ecosystem supporters at GES 2017. This is the first time women have been the majority of participants at a GES.

Through two and a half days of networking, mentoring, and workshops, GES empowers entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas, build partnerships, secure funding, innovate, and find their target customers — creating new goods and services that will transform societies.

The U.S. Embassy Suva is pleased to support three women entrepreneurs from Fiji to participate at the GES 2017 to share their experiences and ideas with entrepreneurs from around the world.

Vera Chute

After a humble beginning from just one branch in Labasa, to Fiji’s leading ‘pre loved’ clothing store opened its doors in May of 1990 when Vera’s parents and its founders noticed that fashion trends were changing in Fiji but proved costly to the average Fijian.

Today Value City stands successfully with 14 branches around the country and franchises out in the Pacific Islands.

The company’s Managing Director, Vera Chute, says the company imports about 60 tons of clothing and related items per month. The company employs 165 staff members who operate out of the 14 outlets located around the country.

Naziah Ali

Naziah Ali is the Head of Fiji’s longest- surviving lifestyle magazine, Mai Life.

Mai Life trademark was bought in December 2011 and Cover Story Limited (CSL) at the same time. The first issue under CSL was in January 2012.

Mai Life saw a gap in the market for lifestyle content and a potential for growth, which could be capitalized-on.

Naziah says she is passionate about journalism and travel. “So being able to share my passion with our audience as well as being able to inspire people through the stories we write is one of the highlights of being in this business. I also love the fact that I am able to share my dream with my staff who are very passionate about what they do.”

Sachiko Soro

Sachiko is a composer and choreographer with Fiji’s internationally renowned independent dance company, VOU Dance Fiji Ltd. After completing a Bachelor of Music in Composition and a Bachelor of Performing Arts in Dance at the University of Auckland, she returned to Fiji to continue her passion and spread the magic of music and dance from the Pacific across the globe.

Sachiko is also currently the President of the Fiji Chapter of the World Dance Alliance. Sachiko wants to help create sustainable artistic career paths and develop the arts industries in Fiji. Sachiko says “ I want to provide quality arts education in Fiji through the VOU music and dance school” The School currently has 2 branches in the country and over 300 students from the age of 3 year to adults.

Sachiko believes strongly in VOU’s vision of taking the Energy! Spirit! Mana! of contemporary Fijian music and dance to the world.

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