Spanning 65 countries and 430 participants, the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women program identifies high-potential women entrepreneurs whose businesses show real potential to scale and provides them with ongoing support to help accelerate their growth.
Now in its 11th year, the program targets “the missing middle” — those savvy women founders who have built profitable small 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 program creates a vibrant global community of successful women entrepreneurs and inspiring peer role models.
"This is one of my favorite programs at EY. It brings to life my passion for supporting women to achieve their potential. It brings together a community of people genuinely interested in supporting each other."
EY Global Growth Markets Leader
EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ Executive Sponsor
"The journey of the business visionary can be very lonely. Being selected for this elite program provides a vital shot in the arm to many of the entrepreneurs. That endorsement, along with tutelage in establishing advisory boards, positioning for growth capital with the right investors, building infrastructure and effective leadership teams and other how-to’s catalyze the scaling process for these companies."
Director Brand, Marketing and Communications, Americas Growth Markets
Global Entrepreneurial Winning Women Leader
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5 ways to win
Entrepreneurial Winning Women are coached to embrace 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.
Think big and be bold
Think ambitiously about your future business goals
Work on the business, rather than in it
Cultivate a strong team so you can look ahead and plot your path to growth
Establish key advisory networks
Establish relationships with other business leaders to secure advice and counsel
Build a public profile
Put your brand to work- speak publicly, write about what you know, share your story
Evaluate financing for expansion
Consider capital needs as you grow and align investor financing accordingly
The program works
Through the first global survey of this community of more than 400 successful women entrepreneurs across 50 countries, we share what these founders have learned and applied in scaling their companies. They also tell us how they are using their increased wealth, influence and prominence to better the world around them and encourage future generations to pursue their dreams as entrepreneurs.
Visit the Entrepreneurial Winning Women Global impact study 2017 instant magazine for the full results.
"Through this program, I was able to apply the latest thinking for continually creating new business models, improving customer experience, leveraging value propositions, opening new markets, and launching new products - all of which help us implement and manage our exponential growth."
President and CEO
Xtreme Solutions, US
"We’ve been selected for the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women program at a time that Urban Remedy was going through a process of structuring and defining its growth strategy. Being part of the program at this moment has been an immense value to our company and to us as entrepreneurs. The counselors asked us the right questions, helped us define priorities and put us in touch with partners and professionals from different service lines across EY, helping us clarify our doubts and make the right decisions. Another important part of this mentoring is undoubtedly being part of a network of amazing, successful women who inspire us every day to do our best."
Urban Remedy, Brazil
" Being part of the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women program has been transforming, not only for my company but also for me – now, I see myself as an entrepreneur capable of reaching all my dreams. The program offers fresh and contagious encouragement, that makes us pursue more, believe more and defy more critics and naysayers."
Deborah Roig Interiores, Brazil
“When I found out about the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women program, I did not doubt whether to participate or not. Winning is prestigious and this is an excellent opportunity to get feedback from peers. No less important and valuable to me were the contacts and networks that I was able to access through participation in events related to the program.”
"The EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women program has given me access to people and resources I never had, public visibility beyond my wildest imagination and a caring community that makes me feel truly supported. The impact was immediate and transformative. My purpose is to unlock human potential, and this program has unlocked mine."
Founder and CEO
"Joining EY’s Entrepreneurial Winning Women program has been a great journey for us. Next to getting the opportunity to meet other European women entrepreneurs, we enjoyed sharing challenges we faced throughout the years of operations, scaling and internationalization. We also valued the personal coaching sessions a lot. Finally, b eing part of the program led to our nomination for Emerging Entrepreneur Of The Year™ in the Netherlands, a very proud development."
Anouk Roohé & Judith Huisman
Meetingselect, The Netherlands
"It was very valuable to have the opportunity to take a structured step outside the business, which is so hard to do day to day. I also found the peer- to- peer learning incredibly helpful and supportive."
"The very well- crafted, carefully designed EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women program inspired me even on the first 2 days. This program not only equips us with the most crucial information an entrepreneur might need in a very practical way , but also creates a learning environment in which women entrepreneurs can utilize the experiences of each other."
Sezen Sungur Saral
Founding Partner and Vice President
“With the help of the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women program, my business strategies have been built on solid ground. The program helped accelerate and enhance the infrastructure needed for the growth of my company. One of the most important benefits of this program is the negotiation training for possible investments and joint ventures. And t hanks to this program, we spend less time on operations or daily tasks and focus more on our strategies. ”
Dr. Şule Mene
Mene Health Group, Turkey
“My vision is to be an innovator and to drive change at HeungKong Group and within the industry. Through this program, I gained unique experiences and found interesting business perspectives and new inspiration to develop and achieve my vision.”
HeungKong Group, Mainland China
“Through this program I have met some amazing women from across the globe , who I now value as part of my international network . This international network supports me and all of the Winning Women to grow our businesses globally. A heartfelt thank you for a perfect experience in Mumbai. It was a welcome introduction to a potential new market, made much easier with EY’s help.”
Co-founder and Managing Director
“This program is like a secret society of women leaders. The support, life lessons and professional guidance have given me a fresh perspective while reaffirming my confidence and inspiring me to take many leaps of faith. I’m no longer apologetic about wanting to grow my business. I feel the courage to think big and act bold.”
Redwood Classics Apparel, Canada
Global Entrepreneurial Winning Women
Israel Entrepreneurial Winning Women Program Manager