Are you a woman entrepreneur with big plans?
Are you a woman with the vision and passion for growing your company?
As the leader in advising, guiding and recognising entrepreneurs, EY knows that access to successful role models and business-building networks is critical for entrepreneurs to accelerate growth.
Spanning 50 countries and over 400 participants, the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women programme identifies high-potential women entrepreneurs whose businesses show real potential to scale and provides them with ongoing support to help accelerate their growth.
The EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women programme is an executive leadership programme that identifies a select group of high-potential women entrepreneurs whose businesses show real potential to scale — and then helps them do it.
We admire the work they are doing and it is continually inspirational for us to learn about the impact of their businesses as it re-affirms our belief in the power and spirit of entrepreneurship.
About the program
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 Entrepreneurial Winning Women is an executive leadership programme that identifies a select group of high-potential women entrepreneurs whose businesses show real potential to scale — and then helps them do it.
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:
Please review all criteria prior to your application. Please note that submissions are only reviewed on full completion and receipt of the required information – in the format requested.
Applications close on 3 July 2019
Applicants must fit the following criteria to participate:
- Have a substantial ownership of the business – at least 50%
- Businesses must be at least three years old and have reported at least R2.5m revenue during the last financial year.
- Provide complete and full financials in addition to completing application form financials
- Provide colour high resolution professional photograph in jpg format
- Provide conscise and approved bio of yourself, including the business in word format – no more than 380 words.
- Have decision making roles and –
- Demonstrate passion to grow their business and scale up
- Are ready to fully commit to the programme and attend the series of four – five workshops in Johannesburg over the twelve months
- Demonstrate passion to grow their business and scale up twelve months
- Businesses must be at least three years old and have reported at least R3.5m revenue during the past two years.
The application form is provided on this website. Please complete in full and send to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet our winning women
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
Our Alumni network
Entrepreneurial Winning Women join an elite business network of the country’s best high-growth companies and participate in a customized executive leadership program with year-round activities.
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
Network and Awards
Entrepreneurs make a difference by creating jobs and wealth, bringing new innovations to the market and encouraging creativity. The EY World Entrepreneur Award™ is more than a business award. 2018 Nominations are now open.
Women make up more than half the population of the world yet have long been overlooked as a vital talent resource that contributes to economic growth and prosperity. To accelerate closing the gender gap, we’ll need to equalize representation in the workplace, both in established economies and emerging markets.