Top South African companies recognized for having an edge in innovation
By Henra Mayer.
Balancing the demands of the business of today with the business of tomorrow is a skill. Strategic thinking needs to be elevated to the next level, aligned and resourced to focus on driving new results. Being relevant in today’s disruptive business environment demands innovation from everybody, without fail.
To recognise and reward South Africa’s innovation leaders, the annual South African Innovation League focuses on SA’s top companies and recognise them for playing a role in SA’s innovation and economic growth.
The SA Innovation League is an annual Innocentrix initiative, in collaboration with Milpark Business School. The approach applies the internationally recognised Innovation Readiness Model (IRM) developed by French Business School INSEAD, in collaboration with UK based firm Logica (now CGI). It provides an unique way of benchmarking an organisation’s ability to apply leading edge thinking to the topic of collaborative innovation. It considers four key areas: Leadership and ambition; Organisation and collaboration; People and culture and Implementation and measurement. The SA Innovation League provides valuable insights into the local innovation landscape, fostering learning and growth.
Milpark Business School plays a central role in the validation and application of the instrument, while keeping it relevant into the future.
HOW DO SOUTH AFRICAN ORGANISATIONS STACK UP?
SA INNOVATION LEAGUE 2018 AWARD WINNERS
The SA Innovation League Awards took place on 20 June at Milpark Business School and were announced by Henra Mayer, CEO Innocentrix.
Henra says, “It was great to see a statistically significant improvement in innovation capability across all pillars. It is evident that we are systematically growing an innovation capability as a country. It was a very close contest! The results demonstrated that locally our emerging enterprises were the most innovative, whereas our medium sized organisations were ranked as least innovative. The most significant improvement in innovation capability was in our leadership and ambition pillar. We could however do much, much better at collaborating effectively to demonstrate a better ROI on innovation.”
The Top SA Innovation League Companies
In terms of the 4 pillars assessed, the winners per category were as follows:
Emerging organisations category
First place: Together Prickly Pear and Recycles Production
Second place: Reata Development Projects
Third Place: Niche Integrated Solutions
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Nisha Maharaj has received the most prestigious International award at the 2018 women4Africa awards that was held at the Great Hall in Kensington, United Kingdom. She was also a finalist in the category International woman in Technology 2018.
Women4Africa is an international platform that pays a tribute to all exceptional African women across all works of life.
Nisha is elated at receiving this red carpet honour and was the only South African to have won any of the award categories which is a real feather in her cap.
She applauds and congratulate all other winners of the 2018 awards ceremony and says that her team is destined to lead disruptive technologies across the African continent -leading the future in technology NOW !
There are many women doing great things in tech in South Africa, making their mark with cool initiatives and strong leadership roles.
Gender diversity in technology is an ongoing challenge, and women have to constantly prove their capabilities and strengths.
Yet, more women are contributing innovative and even disruptive ideas, making meaningful change in people’s lives.
Nisha Maharaj is the founder of Niche Integrated Solutions, an ICT solutions company that brings innovative solutions to Africa.
Niche Integrated Solutions provides software solutions, ICT managed services and training.
Maharaj has an accumulated service record of 20 years working experience within South Africa’s major listed companies.
These range from the top four banking and financial services companies, to the telecommunications sector – where for more than 14 years she served at either executive management, general management or COO level.
She is of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women Class of 2015.
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Who are the women of Africa that are making a difference? Why is it important to recognise them? What impact are they making? All questions that are asked on a regular basis. In an attempt to seek answers it is useful to review the business landscape on the Continent.
Are women leaders emerging at a significant rate? Is female representation on the Boards of companies increasing? Has the salary gap decreased? Are women business owners offered the same financial support opportunities from banks as their male counterparts? How do historical cultural traditions affect some female entrepreneurs?
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!
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.