The better the question. The better the answer. The better the world works. У вас есть вопрос? У нас есть ответ. Решая сложные задачи бизнеса, мы улучшаем мир. У вас є запитання? У нас є відповідь. Вирішуючи складні завдання бізнесу, ми змінюємо світ на краще. Meilleure la question, meilleure la réponse. Pour un monde meilleur. 問題越好。答案越好。商業世界越美好。 问题越好。答案越好。商业世界越美好。

EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women

Helping outstanding women entrepreneurs think big and grow rapidly

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 helps these entrepreneurs by:

  • Expanding their knowledge with the latest information, research and executive dialogues about business strategies and practices
  • Identifying potential partners, strategic alliances, as well as prospective sources of private capital
  • Providing access to informal, one-to-one guidance and support
  • Increasing visibility for themselves and their companies among corporate executives, investors and the media

Those selected for the Entrepreneurial Winning Women programme are exposed to entrepreneurs, investors and advisors who can help them on crucial actions needed to scale their companies:

  • Think big and be bold
  • Build a public profile
  • Work on the business, rather than in it
  • Establish key advisory networks
  • Evaluate financing for expansion


Applicants must fit the following criteria to participate:

  • Have a substantial ownership of the business – at least 50%
  • 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 workshops in Johannesburg over the twelve months
  • Businesses must be at least three years old and have reported at least R3.5m revenue during the last financial year

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

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