Entries now open

2019-04-30 06:01

Entries are now open for the Fairlady Santam Women of the Future 2019 Awards to honour female entrepreneurs.

Fairlady and Santam are looking for South Africa’s Women of the Future: three amazing women who are creating opportunities for others and boosting South Africa’s economy by setting up businesses.

“Every year before I look at the hundreds of entrants, I think I must surely have seen every single entrepreneurial idea out there – and every year I’m forced to admit I was completely wrong,” says Fairlady editor Suzy Brokensha.

“I am constantly amazed by the creativity, courage and sheer ingenuity of South African women – and that’s before we even talk about their grit and their staying power in the face of unique challenges like load-shedding and logistics. These women are in a league of their own.”Getting through milestones

Through an independent survey Santam found that the first 1000 days of a business are the hardest.

If you’re still in business by day 1001, they’ve found, you are more likely to succeed in the long-term.

Entrepreneurs can enter three categories and win incredible prizes. These three catagories are:

. The Fairlady Santam Woman of the Future 2019 title goes to an entrepreneur aged 30 years or older whose business is older than 1000 days (3 years) and who is well on her way to creating an empire.

. The Fairlady Santam Rising Star 2019 title is awarded to an entrepreneur between 16 and 30 years who is still within her first 1000 days but whose business, our judges believe, will flourish way beyond them.

. The Fairlady Santam Social Entrepreneur 2019 title is awarded to an entrepreneur making a real difference in her community. Aged 30 or older, her business has survived the first 1000 days.

Mokaedi Dilotsotlhe, chief marketing officer at Santam says: “As a centenarian, we’ve seen the importance of entrepreneurship over the last 100 years.

“It’s been a consistent focus for us, and we have a particular interest in fostering the potential of female entrepreneurs in South Africa.

“Women make up more than half of our country’s economy, so it’s imperative we give them the support and platforms they need to succeed for this country’s economy to thrive,” she said.

“That is why we value our partnership with Fairlady in the Women of the Future initiative – now in its fifth year – as it gives us a platform to honour entrepreneurs who are positively impacting our nation.”

The prizes awarded to the winners are R80 000 in cash to the Woman of the Future, R50 000 each in cash to the Rising Star and Social Entrepreneur.

To all of the top three winners, an invaluable mentorship session with one of the judges will also be received.

A short course from the IMM Graduate School worth R15 000, a Karissa Business Spinner and Business bag from Samsonite worth R7 000, a ladies watch from Obaku worth R2 000, a luxury beauty hamper and an invaluable media training session are also prizes that will be awarded to the three winning women.

The public can nominate a female entrepreneur for entry into any or all of the three categories: Woman of the Future, Rising Star or Social Entrepreneu

Entries close on Tuesday 7 June.

V Entry forms and terms and conditions are available on www.womenofthefuture.co.za. For more information, visit www.fairlady.com. You can follow Fairlady on Facebook or on Twitter.

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