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.

Applications for the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women EMEIA™ 2021 programme are now open

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As the world leader in advising, guiding and recognising entrepreneurs, we know that access to successful role models and business-building networks is critical for enabling entrepreneurs to realise 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™ South Africa 2021 programme 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.

EY celebrates ambitious women entrepreneurs and supports them as they become market leaders and define what’s possible through the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ programme. In an exciting development to the programme successful applicants for this year’s class from South Africa will join the newly formed EMEIA Entrepreneurial Winning Women Class of 2021.

The EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ 2021 programme 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.

Make sure to review the application criteria below before applying. 

  •        77% of past participants said the programme helps them find advisors and role models
  •        On average, Winning Women see a 35% bump in compound annual growth rate
  •        Their organisational headcounts grow on average +166% after joining the programme
  •        To date there have been more than 750 participants globally in 48 countries

Applications for the 2021 programme across Europe, Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) are now being accepted! The new class will be announced in October. 

  • Why participate

    Entrepreneurial Winning Women join an international network of women entrepreneurs and participate in a bespoke executive education programme 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
  • Criteria for the EMEIA programme

    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

    Applicants must fit the following criteria to participate:

    1. Have a substantial ownership of the business – at least 50%.
    2. Provide complete and full financials in addition to completing application form financials.
    3. Provide colour high resolution professional photograph in jpg format.
    4. Have decision making roles and demonstrate passion to grow their business and scale up. 
    5. Businesses must be at least three years old and have reported at least R3.5m revenue during the past two years.

     Applicants who are selected must be able to attend and fully participate in:

    •       Three day (3–4 hours each day) virtual 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.

Engaging more than 500 founders worldwide since inception, our Entrepreneurial Winning Women programme 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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If you have any questions or queries, please get in touch with the EY EMEIA Winning Women team.

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Entrepreneurship results


Average head count growth since becoming Entrepreneurial Winning Women (according to a 2017 EY impact study)

Entrepreneurship results


Average CAGR growth since becoming Entrepreneurial Winning Women (according to a 2017 EY impact study)

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

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