Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ South Africa

EY South Africa’s Entrepreneurial Winning Women executive leadership programme identifies a select group of high-potential women entrepreneurs whose businesses show real potential to scale; and helps them do it.

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About the Programme

The programme targets “the missing middle” — those savvy women founders who have built profitable companies but have not yet found the essential tools needed to expand sustainably.

EY gives the founders ongoing access to our vast resources, rich networks and know-how, helping to strengthen their abilities to become market leaders. At the same time, the programme creates a vibrant global community of successful women entrepreneurs and inspiring peer role models.

Entrepreneurial Winning Women are coached to embrace ambitious growth plans starting with the “5 ways to win” — five key things that successful entrepreneurs must do to scale small companies into large ones. When they do, they expand their companies, hire more employees and build a better working world:

  1. Think big and be bold
    Think ambitiously about your future business goals.
  2. Work on the business rather than in it
    Cultivate a strong team so you can look ahead and plot your path to growth.
  3. Establish key advisory networks
    Establish relationships with other business leaders to secure advice and counsel
  4. Build a public profile
    Put your brand to work – speak publicly, write about what you know, share your story
  5. Evaluate financing for expansion
    Consider capital needs as your grow and align investor financing accordingly

Due to the impact of COVID-19 applications for a new class will be delayed.

Please check back for news about the next programme later this year.

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Who sets the pace for tomorrow's women founders? 

Our last EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women global impact study demonstrates the power of this growing community, individually and collectively.

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Meet our 2020 Winning Women

  • Class of 2019/20

    “We are pleased to welcome a new class of business women to our programme. Unlike many programmes which are focused on helping women start a business, EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women is focused on supporting women in their growth journey beyond start-up businesses. A critical part of the programme is providing the women with access to successful role models and business-building networks.”

    The 16 women will join an elite business network of the country’s best high-growth companies and participate in year-round activities designed to build both personal and professional confidence” - Azim Omar, EY Africa Growth Markets Leader.

    • Construct Executive Search (Pty) Ltd, Kabwe Mulolo
    • 360 Degrees Production House, Megan Willson
    • EcoPartners, Charlaine Baartjes
    • Frontline Africa Advisory, Asanda Gcoyi
    • Hooked on Books, Shaeleen Tobin-Setzkorn
    • Hooked on Books, Laura Tobin-Setzkorn
    • Human Destiny Exec Search & Recruitment, Elena Mouyis
    • Kapcor Construction (Pty) Ltd, Caroll Masevhe
    • NXA Technology, Lerato Dontache
    • People Solutions, Nita Goodall
    • Petanque NXT Group, Michelle Booysen
    • PBM Group, Refilwe Sebothoma
    • Ricinz Construction, Indrani Govender
    • Sheer Bliss, Nadine Hocter
    • The Source PR & Event Management, Gina Beyers
    • Zvikai Systems (Pty) Ltd, Ivy Gwewera


Our Alumni Network

To find out who participated in our previous programmes, click on the title below and follow the links.

  • Class of 2018

    • ANH Investments Holdings, Mmabatho Hlabangane
    • Bee Recruitment, Cloe Dennis
    • Caveat Legal, Yvonne Wakefield
    • Equitable Proxies Co, Phindile Mahlalela
    • Flow Communications (Pty) Ltd, Tiffany Turkington-Palmer
    • IT Networks, Thavamoney (Ruby) Moodley
    • Livingfacts, Marylou Kneale
    • MFT Executive Advisory Service, Manisha Dass
    • Olwazini Consulting Service (Pty) Ltd, Phindile Msomi
    • Oryx Desert Salt (PTY) Ltd, Samantha Skyring
    • Pure Grit Project and Exhibitions, Zaida Enver
    • RecruitMyMom (PTY) Ltd, Phillipa Geard
    • Step Ahead Staffing, Melisa Evans
    • Summer Time Creatives CC, Raksha Mahabeer
    • Zevoli 351 (Pty) Ltd, Mpopi Khupe
  • Class of 2017

    • Kgobati Magome, Community Innovations
    • Gail Downing, Acorn Products (Pty) Ltd
    • Zandile Nzalo, Zanenza Holdings
    • Candice Roberts, CallForce
    • Stacey Brewer, Spark Schools
    • Dikeledi Mosime, TIN-PAC Promotional Packaging
    • Tara Turkington, Flow Communications (Pty) Ltd
    • Tania Reid, Ithemba Office Solutions
    • Lauren Gamsu, Black Sheep Design
    • Jodi Fittinghoff, Jodam Manufacturers cc
    • Viloshnee Singh, Thembane Chemicals (Pty) Ltd
    • Najmah Mallick, Meezan Building Services
    • Lynette Bezuidenhout, Mobile Agri Skills Development & Training (NPC)
    • Nonkululeko Ntshona, Nonku Ntshona & Assoc Quantity Surveyors (Pty) Ltd
    • Jennifer Claasen, Ngaphaya Y2K10 Trading cc
    • Jutta Berns-Mumbi, Ecocentric cc
    • Jean Chawapiwa, Win Win Solutions 4 Africa
    • Judy Sunasky, Blendwell Chemicals
    • Dinao Lerutla, Alula Water Pty Ltd
    • Vino Govender, LA Consulting Engineers
    • Toni Glass, Toni Glass Collection
  • Class of 2016

    • Christi Maherry, LAWtrust
    • Fee Halsted, Ardmore Ceramic Art
    • Risna Opperman, Roses for U t/a Urth
    • Kariema Price, Pyramid Electrical Contractors
    • Dolly Mbuyane, Nozihle Cleaning Services
    • Shameem Kumandan, Washtub Laundry
    • Melanie Medell, Melaire Linens
    • Dudu Mofokeng, Legaci Superior Dry Cleaners and Laundry Services
    • Patricia Koekemoer, Professional Sourcing
    • Ayanda Mzondeki, Liyema Consulting
    • Gcinile Mamba, Sivivane Construction
    • Phindile Machweu, Sasamela Trading Enterprise & Projects
    • Vimala Ariyan, Southern African Institute of Learning
    • Lerato Molefe, Naaya Consulting
    • Faaeza Doola, Hott Design and Print
  • Class of 2015

    • Annie Malan, Annie Malan Productions
    • Lynette Nontobeko, Boniswa Corporate Solutions
    • Sarisa Ferreira, Areli Veg (Pty) Ltd
    • Precious Thamaga, Precious Celebrations
    • Marthie Jansen van Rensburg, EASTC
    • Paula Fray, frayintermedia
    • Marli Hoffman, The Little Ashford Preschool
    • Jena Mukina, The Little Ashford Preschool
    • Debbi Demetriou, Mitras Amenities
    • Nisha Maharaj, Niche Integrated Services
    • Laura Reynolds, Recruit IT Group
    • Fiona Aitken, Sight Projects & Interiors
    • Dr Lynette Molefi, Telemedicine Africa (Pty) Ltd
  • Class of 2014

    • Kirsty Galliard, General Post
    • Tebogo Mashego, Diep K Steel & Aluminium
    • Mikateko Mdhuli, Zethu Consulting Services
    • Tebogo Molotsi, Stitches Clothing
    • Linda Moore, Ignite Energy Saving
    • Tania Mulligan, Kushesh Trading
    • Hanita Muthray, nt’Shona Langa Valley
    • Albertina Phuti, Niphuti Business Enterprise
    • Dimakatso Sekhoto, Makolobane Farmers Enterprises
    • Amanda Uys, Stay City
  • Class of 2013

    • Nthabi Sibanda, PUO Educational Products
    • Bhekiwe Nxumalo, PUO Educational Products
    • Mellanie van der Byl, Let's Share Trading
    • Cynthia Mkhombo, Masana Hygiene
    • Nkhensani Nkosi, Stoned Cherrie
    • Tracy Foulkes, NOMU
    • Pria Hassan, Women of Africa
    • Johanna McDowell, Mazole Holdings
    • Suzanne Stevens, Brightrock
    • Kurisani Maswanganyi, Kulani Engineering Consultancy
    • Hlamalani Ndlovu, Fikile Construction
    • Divine Ndhlukula,Securico
Engaging more than 500 founders worldwide since inception, our Entrepreneurial Winning Women program provides access to high-value networks and creates affirming communities of women entrepreneurs across the globe. Studies show these close connections among women entrepreneurs is a key factor to their long-term success.
Kath Carter
EY Global Markets, Strategy and Transactions, Accounts and Business Development Leader; EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ Global Executive Sponsor
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Who sets the pace for tomorrow's women founders? 

According to our most recent global survey, Entrepreneurial Winning Women achieved 166% average headcount growth after participating in the program.

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