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
As the leader in advising, guiding and recognising entrepreneurs, EY knows that access to successful role models and business-building networks is critical for entrepreneurs to accelerate growth.
Spanning 50 countries and over 400 participants, the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women programme identifies high-potential women entrepreneurs whose businesses show real potential to scale and provides them with ongoing support to help accelerate their growth.
The EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women programme is an executive leadership programme that identifies a select group of high-potential women entrepreneurs whose businesses show real potential to scale — and then helps them do it.
We admire the work they are doing and it is continually inspirational for us to learn about the impact of their businesses as it re-affirms our belief in the power and spirit of entrepreneurship.
The Entrepreneur of the Year® competition, sponsored by Sanlam and BUSINESS/PARTNERS, is an annual competition that recognises and honours South African entrepreneurs in the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) sector. The competition celebrates excellence in entrepreneurship with the aim to inspire others to venture into and succeed in the world of business.
The Entrepreneur of the Year® initiative is not just about the competition. It is about:
- Developing the standard of excellence in entrepreneurship throughout South Africa;
- Promoting entrepreneurial excellence as the norm and not the exception;
- Promoting entrepreneurship as an honourable and rewarding yet challenging career;
- Educating entrepreneurs so that they reach a standard of excellence;
- Educating the youth about what entrepreneurship entails with the aim of encouraging them to select entrepreneurship as a viable career option;
- Influencing government legislation by being the voice of entrepreneurs in order to create a healthy regulatory environment in which entrepreneurs can thrive.