Entrepreneurial Winning Women programme 2018, creating impact through business

Johannesburg, 8 March 2018.

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Johannesburg, 8 March 2018. Now in its sixth year, the EY Winning Women programme for 2018 is open for applications as we celebrate International Women’s Day.

This year at EY, under the theme #Pressforprogress, and are using the day to share how we are each taking purposeful action towards closing the gender gap.

Estimates by the World Economic Forum (WEF) Gender Gap Index, reveal that it will take until 2234 to achieve global gender parity. Waiting is simply not an option and fostering the growth of women, whether through entrepreneurship or in the workplace, has never been as important as it is now, in a world marked by growth challenges and inequality.

The Entrepreneurial Winning Women executive leadership programme, which works with a selected group of high-potential women entrepreneurs whose businesses show real potential to scale, is one of our commitments to realising gender parity.

Those selected for the 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

Azim Omar, Africa Growth Markets leader at EY says: “Since its inception in 2013, Entrepreneurial Winning Women has seen more than 80 women grow and develop their businesses. And each class confirms that with enough support they are ready scale up their businesses and reach new heights. What has also been interesting to see is the influence of purpose at play in each of their businesses. Community development and entrepreneurial responsibility form a large part of their purpose, these are two elements that EY also stands for and strongly believes in.”

The Entrepreneurial Winning Women programme, continues to benefit the selected women 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.


Applicants must fit the following criteria to participate:

  • Have a substantial ownership of the business – at least 50%
  • Have decision making roles
  • 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.

Applications close on 31 May 2018.

For more information about the Entrepreneurial Winning Women programme in South Africa or to apply, please visit: www.ey.com/za/winningwomen


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