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.
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.
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
‘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.
Despite widespread pessimism over South Africa’s skills shortages and economic prospects, the country has a thriving culture of business innovation capable of flourishing in adversity. This was abundantly clear at The Da Vinci Institute / TT100 Business Innovation Awards Programme, where the quality of the award winners revealed the depth of innovation in South African companies of all sizes, from emerging and small enterprises to medium-sized and large companies. Here are the 2016 winners and finalists in each category