Veuve Clicquot programme to honour SA women entrepreneurs

LAUNCHED for the first time in South Africa this year, the Bold Woman Award by Veuve Clicquot serves to bring greater inclusion, impact, and more visibility to today and tomorrow’s role models – the women in business who are redefining success, pushing boundaries, and inspiring others to follow suit.

This year marks both the 50th year of the award’s history and the inaugural year that entries have been open to South African businesswomen.

As part of the Bold by Veuve Clicquot programme, six South African female business leaders have been selected among 250 visionaries who entered the award for their courage, tenacity and boldness. 

At a time when two-thirds (61%) of the population agree that it’s more difficult for women to become entrepreneurs than it is for men, cited in the House’s very own global barometer study, Veuve Clicquot dares to write a different story and seeks to understand how the world is evolving to make a real contribution to female entrepreneurship. 

Given the struggles of the past few years, women in business stand to benefit more than ever from support during their journey and none have answered this call quite like the 250-year-old champagne house whose mission it is to embolden generations of audacious female leaders. 

“It is the tenacious spirit and determination of these finalists we are overwhelmingly impressed with. These are women who redefine success on their own terms and go beyond the status quo, just as Madame Clicquot did two centuries ago,” said Veuve Clicquot CEO Jean-Marc Gallot.

Indeed, women are inspired by male entrepreneurs but much more by female entrepreneurs (64% inspired by male vs. 88% female in SA) according to the barometer study – and this makes the first edition of the Veuve Clicquot Bold Woman Award in South Africa even more significant in its quest to inspire a generation of formidable women who create employment and drive transformation in the country and beyond. 

The esteemed Bold Woman Award recognises and honours the women entrepreneurs of today.

These women are founders or CEOs of a business which has been in operation for more than 3 years, who have demonstrated transformation and evolution in their field, supported growth for at least two years and maintained an ethical approach to business.

The 2022 Bold Woman Award finalists are: 

·       Gugu Sithole – Director of Glamping Adventures

·       Mathebe Molise – Founder of Beauty on TApp

·       Yolisa Tshabalala – Co-founder and Director at Imizizi

In 2014, Veuve Clicquot launched the Bold Future Award which recognises the women entrepreneurs of tomorrow. These women are founders or CEOs of a business that has been in operation for less than 3 years, who have made a significant contribution to the company’s success by instilling a sense of entrepreneurship and who have made a tangible contribution to transformation in an existing market, bringing ethical change to the company.

Some of the 2022 Bold Future Award finalists are:

Captain Londy Ngcobo – Founder of Global Maritime Youth and Director at Womaritime Experts

Mbali Sebapu – Founder of Hermosa Flor Cosmetics

Phumzile Chifunyise – Founder of The Crop Box Africa

To adjudicate the two awards categories, Veuve Clicquot gathered a notable list of industry leaders whose values emulate those of the awards, two of whom are Veuve Clicquot award winners.

The Bold Woman Award 2022 jury consists of:

·       Aimee Kellen – Head of Consumer Engagement, Moët Hennessy Africa and Middle East

·       Amanda Dambuza – Founder and Group CEO Uyandiswa

·       Carole Bildé – Veuve Clicquot Chief Marketing and Communications Officer 

·       Dr Judey Pretorius – Founder and CEO of Biomedical Emporium

·       Happy Ralinala – Director of Palesa Mbali Group

·       Lukhanyo Mdingi – Fashion Designer

·       Matsi Modise -Founder and CEO of Furaha Afrika Holdings

·       Mzamo Masito – Google SA Chief Marketing Officer

Image (Veuve Clicquot Bold Woman Award finalists- Gugu Sithole, Yolisa Tshabalala, Mathebe Molise, Londy Ngcobo, Phumzile Chifunyise and Mbali Sebapu).

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