2017: Winner–Continental Title-African most influential women in business and government

Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government (MIW) has been a flagship recognition platform since CEO Communications’ inception in 2001. With the aim of being a platform for the upliftment and celebration of the achievements of women, MIW has come a long way. The platform has developed into a sustainable annual programme that recognises the achievements of women across the African continent. The programme now covers all regions of Africa to celebrate women’s contributions to the economic sector in which they operate, their communities and economic development. 

Recognition takes place through a credible process, comprising the following steps:

  •  External nominations are received via various media, the nominations include the contact details of nominees.

  • Women are contacted to complete an entry form which is presented to the judging panels.

  • A three phase, external judging process takes place to identify incredible women of influence.

  • Regional events take place across the continent to acknowledge the exceptional achievements of these women.

  • A symposium brings women of influence and their male counterparts together to tackle critical social issues, currently under the microscope.

  • A final recognition event takes place to elevate the achievements of women that have contributed to continental growth, identifying continental winners from the pool of regional winners and lifetime achievers. The event incorporates our men’s recognition programme, Titans – Building Nations.

Women recognised throughout this programme receive exposure in premier annual publications, showcasing their achievements among their continental counterparts. This publication is distributed throughout the continent, making it an exceptional marketing tool and high quality exposure. These women do so much for others, they are truly deserving of the title Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government!

2017: Winner-Country Winner –Africas Most influential women in business and government

It wasn’t too long ago that women were barred from political, legal and economic rights that their modern-day counterparts take for granted.

Thankfully, owing to the perseverance and personal sacrifice of many, African women have become an economic force to be reckoned with.Today, women occupy various top managerial positions not only in the private sector, but also in government.

CEO Global long recognised the important role women play in the development of society and since the founding of the company in 2000, has promoted initiatives to recognise women.These initiatives have evolved into the Most Influential Women in Business and Government programme, which has been recognised over the course of several years as the pre-eminent recognition platform for women.

This 12 month programme is designed to uplift and recognise women across the African Continent, providing a platform they can use to celebrate their achievements, while paying tribute to women who are consistently exercising a positive influence on our Continent.

2017: Selection-Discovery Tech Entrepreneur-Silicon Valley USA

The Discovery Entrepreneurs MedTech Silicon Valley Programme is a new and innovative Enterprise and Supplier Development support offered by Discovery. The programme objectives are to provide local Medtech entrepreneurs with the opportunity to network and learn in a global market, as well as gain access to tailored support for business growth.

For the programme, Discovery has partnered with En-novate and is taking the first-ever trip to Silicon Valley, USA for South Africa’s most innovative tech-enabled health and wellness enterprises. Discovery explains on its website that the week-long trip will look at how technology is transforming the American healthcare system, new innovations designed for emerging market consumers, and alternative approaches to venture capital. The selected entrepreneurs will spend a week in Silicon Valley exploring the latest in global technology-driven innovation.

2017: Selection-Silicon Valley USA Ground zero programme

Despite the prevalence of emerging startup ecosystems from Singapore to Santiago, and the occasional media article claiming the bubble has burst, entrepreneurs continue to flock here.

Could they procure necessary capital elsewhere? Probably.

Could they find a higher concentration of like-minded, supportive individuals elsewhere? Probably not.

You would be hard-pressed to find as many tech-savvy individuals who are passionate about thinking outside the box, dreaming big and disrupting the status quo as in Northern California. As The Harvard Business Review recently noted, the backbone of Silicon Valley’s hard-to-replicate culture is an unusual level of grit

2017: Finalist-Women4Africa –International business woman of the year

Women4africa was birthed from a 20 year desire and passion to see women honoured and appreciated in a celebratory way. Overtime, African women have often been portrayed as victims of poverty, violence, and conflict, amongst other disasters. Beyond advocating and engaging them to fight against these negativities, it is equally important to highlight that African women are also agents of positive change in their communities. It is their sheer determination, ambition, passion, talent, resourcefulness and drive which often forgotten in the stories of this women that Women for Africa intend to promote. We exist to support and encourage African women to excel in all they do.

2016: Top 200 smme South Africa-National Gazelles

The National Gazelles is a national SME growth accelerator funded by Seda and the Department of Small Business Development. Currently in a three-year pilot, the programme aims to identify and support SMEs with growth potential across 10 priority industry sectors aligned with the National development Plan and Seda’s SME strategy. SMEs are identified through an annual call for applications, with selection done independently by private and public sector partners.
The programme aims to assist each business to operate as closely as possible to its maximum potential. Growth acceleration support is guided by a detailed business diagnostic and growth strategy, and includes a R1-million growth grant for equipment and capacity-building, facilitated access to finance, productivity and business advice, business skills development and more.

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