Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ Europe

The EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ Europe program is for female founders with businesses headquartered in Europe, and provides them with advice, resources and access to unlock their full potential.

Applications for Class of 2021 now open

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As the world leader in advising, guiding and recognizing entrepreneurs, we know that access to successful role models and business-building networks is critical for enabling entrepreneurs to realize their ambition.

In these unprecedented times, we remain committed to helping female founders with the challenges of the “now,” and help them prepare for the opportunities in the “next” and “beyond.” The EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ Europe 2021 program seeks a new cohort of ambitious women entrepreneurs to provide them with the advice, resources and access they need to unlock their full potential and reframe their future.

  • Why participate?

    Entrepreneurial Winning Women join an international network of women entrepreneurs and participate in a bespoke executive education program with year-round activities designed to:

    • Expand their knowledge with the latest information, research and executive dialogues about business strategies and practices.
    • Develop the skills needed to effectively identify potential partners, strategic alliances, customers and suppliers as well as find routes to prospective sources of capital.
    • Provide access to informal, one-to-one guidance and support.
    • Strengthen their executive leadership and business skills and identify opportunities to grow through meetings with senior advisors and seasoned entrepreneurs.
    • Increase visibility for themselves and their companies among corporate executives, investors and the media, creating possible new collaborations and opportunities.
    • Provide a gateway to a global community of successful women entrepreneurs and inspiring peer role models who, in 2020, numbered more than 750 across 48 countries.

    See more from the Entrepreneurial Winning Women class of 2021 brochure (pdf).

  • Criteria and selection for the Europe program

    Entrepreneurial Winning Women will be expected to demonstrate the necessary qualities to take the fullest advantage of this opportunity, including ambitious company growth goals, energy, creativity, entrepreneurial purpose and passion.

    What we are looking for

    Women entrepreneurs who:
    • Are owners/founders/co-founders/CEOs with a substantial ownership of the business
    • Demonstrate the passion to grow their business and scale up internationally
    • Are headquartered in Europe
    Businesses that:                                
    • Are at least two years old
    • Have revenues higher than EUR 1 million
    Applicants who are selected must be able to attend and fully participate in:
    • Three day (3–4 hours each day) virtual Orientation Conference in October 2021, dates TBC. 
    • Monthly one-hour virtual sessions between November 2021 and June 2022.

    Note: The conferences and all sessions will be delivered in English. 

  • How our Winning Women community in Europe have benefited from the program

    I joined the EY Winning Women program hoping to get new international contacts, fresh knowledge and professional insights. With the pandemic, we all received additional benefits - just in time expertise from EY, warm support from the classmates and lots of fun - it almost felt normal despite the circumstances.
    Romualda Stragiene
    CEO, BIOK laboratorija, Lithuania, Class of 2019
    The EY Winning Women program gave me the opportunity to exchange ideas with exceptional women entrepreneurs, and expand my network on an international level. I also received valuable input from EY professionals who are still available to me as “sparring partners.
    Manuela Lindlbauer
    Founder & General Manager, LindlPower, Austria, Class of 2019
    The opportunities that this program has afforded both myself and my company for growth and scaling is immeasurable. The network and community of Winning Women worldwide, supported and encouraged by EY, has given me access to female-led businesses from all over the world to learn from.
    Bevin Mahon
    Co-owner & Managing Director, Dental Tech Group, Ireland, Class of 2019
    Being part of the EY Winning Women 2019 exposed me to a much wider network of international women entrepreneurs who are scaling, and professional growth support, which has been a game changer to my business.
    Sarah Davis FCIOB MIo
    CEO, Skills4Stem Group, UK, Class of 2019
    The EY Winning Women program allowed me to develop a great international network with many inspiring role models. I now have so many ideas to scale up my business.
    Anette Elias
    Managing Director and Founder, Interim Profis, Germany, Class of 2019
    The shared experiences from like-minded entrepreneurs in the EY Winning Women program are re-assuring and uplifting. It is great to be part of a community with woman walking the same path.
    Zina Mavroeidi
    Managing Director, Efresh.gr, Greece, Class of 2019
    EY’s Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ program opened a door for me to a completely new network of extraordinary women with great stories about their businesses. This experience, combined with the expertise shared by EY leaders, came at the right time, as our company is expanding.
    Nina Prodanova
    CEO and co-founder, ITCE, Bulgaria, Class of 2018
    Being part of the program has given me more than I ever thought possible. Women built just like me, with the very same dreams and challenges. Never did I think I would find such a space.
    Kate Hyde
    CEO, Glencove, Ireland, Class of 2018
    EY is doing an excellent job selecting the most ambitious, energetic and successful women entrepreneurs who are truly inspiring. You want to be around them!
    Tessa Rijn
    CEO, TaskHero B.V., Netherlands, Class of 2018
    The Entrepreneurial Winning Women program offers an open invitation to be part of the wider EY business community, with access to contacts and business advice from relevant mentors. I wouldn’t hesitate to encourage any entrepreneur with a fast-growth business mentality to apply for the next intake.
    Amanda Tomson
    CEO and Founder, Thomson & Scott Limited, UK, Class of 2017
    I’m delighted to be part of the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women program. I especially like the peer to peer learning, access to a mentor from EY with whom I can discuss many business matters and for all the growth tools and contacts I can access. It is already having a positive impact on my business growth.
    Brigitte Baumann
    Founder and Chief Investment Officer, Go Beyond Investing, Switzerland, Class of 2017

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