Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ Europe

The Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ program provides women entrepreneurs with advice, resources and access to unlock their full potential and realize their ambition.

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Launched in 2008, the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ program targets women entrepreneurs who have built profitable companies, but have not yet found the essential tools needed to scale sustainably. 

EY provides program participants evergreen access to our vast resources, rich networks and know-how, helping to strengthen their abilities to become market leaders. At the same time, the program creates a vibrant global community of successful women entrepreneurs and inspiring peer role models spanning 55 countries and with over 800 alumnae.

  • Why participate?

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

    • Expand your 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 your executive leadership and business skills, and identify opportunities to grow through meetings with senior advisors and seasoned entrepreneurs.
    • Increase visibility for yourselves and your companies among corporate executives, investors and the media, creating possible new collisions, collaborations and opportunities.
  • 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
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  • Hear from the alumnae

    The program created a powerful mindset shift for me as an entrepreneur. It made me feel capable of achieving more and pursuing new opportunities.
    Irmak Atabek Ndungu
    Co-founder/Executive Producer, Mako Media, Turkey
    What a life-changing program! The relationships that I have been establishing not only make me a better leader, and help grow our business, but most importantly they become lifelong friendships.
    Verónica Orvalho
    Founder and CEO , Didimo, Portugal
    I can sum-up my experience up as an eye-opening and inspirational journey which refocused my purpose and energy while heightening my appreciation of my own achievements which I often overlook.
    Nokwanele Qonde
    Managing Director, Wasaa Gasses (Pty) Ltd, South Africa
    The women, the knowledge and the support are priceless. I truly feel as if I am part of something very special and unique. I am beyond grateful to EY for this extraordinary initiative.
    Rachel Pendered
    Founder and Managing Director, Media Zoo, United Kingdom
    The access and support from EY experts makes it possible to keep growing our businesses.
    Chantal Choufani
    CEO and Chairwoman, Wide Plains Insurance Brokers, Lebanon

Meet the EY Entrepreneurial Winning WomenTM EMEIA Class of 2023

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