Calling all female entrepreneurs It’s to showcase your business!

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We’re very excited to invite you – or to nominate an amazing woman entrepreneur you know – to enter the eighth annual Santam Women of the Future Awards, in association with FAIRLADY and TRUELOVE.

We are looking for the most impactful, resilient, inspiring women entrepreneurs in the country. If you recently started a new business or you’ve been running your own business for a while – or you know a woman who has – we want to hear from you!

We really want to promote and celebrate female entrepreneurs. We believe in women, and we believe that women running our own businesses, in our own ways, can change the economy – and the future – of our country.   

Winning one of the three Santam Women of the Future Awards is a game changer. Not only do you get mentorship from the judge of your choice, fabulous prizes for yourself and your business, but your business also gets enormous publicity from FAIRLADY and TRUELOVE, and from the fabulous award ceremony itself.    

Santam understands that the first 1000 days of running your own business are the hardest. If you’re still in business by day 1001, they believe, then you’re in it for the long haul. Santam’s many years of supporting women in business in South Africa have given them real insight into potential pitfalls on your entrepreneurial journey. For all that accumulated wisdom, go to www.santam.co.za – it’s a great resource!

With the expertise of Santam, and the networking, contacts and inspiration of FAIRLADY and TRUELOVE, we’ll take you and your business to greater heights!

The prizes
  • R100 000 in cash to the Woman of the Future and R60 000 in cash each to the Rising Star and the Social Entrepreneur from Santam
  • A full-page advertisement in FAIRLADY or TRUELOVE to promote the business, social enterprise or NPO
  • An hour’s invaluable mentorship with one of our judges
  • A one-year supply of African Extracts Rooibos skincare products (beauty sponsor), worth R7 500
  • A make-up hamper from CATRICE (make-up sponsor), worth R4 500
  • A GetSmarter online short course, worth R14 900
  • Leather accessories from Zemp, worth R5 000
  • Business printing from Lithotech, worth R5 000
  • A Michael Kors-branded women’s watch, worth R4 399, from American Swiss, worth R4 399
  • A Samsonite StackD Spinner Expandable carry-on (55cm), worth R3 999
  • Three pairs of Baker sunglasses from Execuspecs, worth R5 397

What it takes

There are three categories:

1. The Santam Woman of the Future title is awarded to an entrepreneur aged 30 or older whose business is older than 1000 days and who is well on her way to establishing an extensive enterprise.     

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

3. The Santam Social Entrepreneur title is awarded to an entrepreneur aged 30 or older who is making a real difference in her community. Her business/social enterprise/NPO has survived the first 1000 days.

How to enter

  • Go to womenofthefuture.co.za and do the following:
  • Supply your full name, contact details (including email address) and date of birth.
  • Upload a recent photograph and/or video of yourself.
  • Answer the questions relating to your business.
  • Read the terms and conditions.
  • Entries close on 20 June 2022.

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