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Are You The 2018 Veuve Clicquot Elle Boss? Calling All South African Businesswomen, Applications Now Open

Are you the next #VeuveClicquotELLEBOSS?

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If you’re a powerhouse South African businesswoman, or know someone who is, the 2018 Veuve Clicquot ELLE Boss Award is now open. Showcasing entrepreneurial spirit, leadership, creativity and determination, the search is on for one woman who is redefining the world of business one decision at a time. Are you the next #VeuveClicquotELLEBOSS?

What makes a #VeuveClicquotELLEBOSS?

  • A natural leader in business
  • Entrepreneurial and creative
  • Business-minded and confident
  • Self-driven
  • Social media savvy
  • Risk-taker
  • Financially adept
  • Innovative

She’s a star in business …

“The world is in perpetual motion, and we must invent things of tomorrow. One must go before others, be determined and exacting, and let your intelligence direct your life. Act with audacity,” – Madame Clicquot, Veuve Clicquot.

How to enter?

For the Nomination Process, please take note of the Nomination Criteria below.

Women matching the criteria in the ENTREPRENEUR or CORPORATE category can either self-nominate, with a mentor or manager seconding their application. Or they can be nominated, however they will need to consent to the nomination.

Why enter?

A Veuve Clicquot ELLE Boss 2018 winner will be selected from all finalists for both the corporate and entrepreneurial categories. There will be one overall winner from these two categories.

They will be recognised at a bespoke event hosted by ELLE South Africa and Veuve Clicquot in Johannesburg on the 18th of October 2018.

In addition to the public recognition on the evening of the awards, the general press coverage, the winner will also receive one-on-one mentoring during a two-hour session with powerhouse business mogul Khanyi Dhlomo to ask personal, career and development questions. As well as features in ELLE South Africa (magazine and online /digital platforms), the winner will be flown to visit the prestigious Veuve Clicquot Maison and hosted by Veuve Clicquot in Reims, France, the home of Champagne. The trip will take place in 2019 and will include all flights, accommodation and a daily allowance.

The runner-up will receive a special Veuve Clicquot Experience, including a private dinner for her and five guests, to relax and unwind, to savour the recognition of her meaningful achievement to date as a Woman in Business (Terms & Conditions apply).


Four further runners-up will each receive a Magnum bottle of Veuve Clicquot. All finalists will be invited to attend the Veuve Clicquot ELLE Boss Awards event on 18 October in Johannesburg. Finalists must fly themselves if they do not live in Johannesburg and be responsible for their own accommodation.

Related: 30 Top Influential SA Business Leaders


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The Veuve Clicquot ELLE Boss Award has been created to showcase entrepreneurial spirit, leadership, creativity and determination and the search is now on for one woman who is redefining the world of business one decision at a time.

Using this powerful platform, and for the fourth year, Veuve Clicquot and  ELLE magazine set out to celebrate women who have been in business for at least three years – women already demonstrating clear signs of success, and/or, exceptional corporate managerial skills and a social conscience.

“The pillars of Ndalo Media can be summed up in two words: positivity and impact. This is why we’re thrilled to start a new search, in collaboration with our international partner, Veuve Clicquot, for the woman whose leadership qualities are resonant with the values of leadership that Ndalo Media has become known for celebrating and espousing,” says Khanyi Dhlomo, founder and CEO of Ndalo Media and ELLE publisher.

“The current Veuve Clicquot ELLE Boss, Amanda Dambuza, is a woman who embodies what it means to be a leader. Running a project management services company, Uyandiswa, which has scores of employees and makes a staggering annual turnover, and also mentoring girls through her social enterprise network, Dambuza demonstrates the qualities we’re looking for in the next Veuve Clicquot ELLE Boss,” Dhlomo adds.

“While every year, ultimately, one woman walks away with this prestigious award, this initiative is far-reaching in its impact. The women who make it onto the finalists’ list are truly impressive in their achievements and are worthy of admiration and honour. They are industry leaders, philanthropists, activists and entrepreneurs who are building leadership legacies that cultivate a culture of inspired positive impact. And so, we’re thrilled to launch the 2018 Veuve Clicquot ELLE Boss awards, which we see as a platform to establish formidable networks of outstanding women leaders; celebrate women who uplift and inspire others; and create new mentorship opportunities with a judging panel of highly esteemed women leaders.”

A Veuve Clicquot ELLE Boss is a natural leader in business, she is confident, strong and committed – a risk taker that is not afraid to think out of the box and ask for what she wants. In South Africa, where new research reveals that the percentage of women in senior management positions now is down from 23% last year*, gender empowerment in business is a top priority and ELLE and Veuve Clicquot want to challenge the status quo by recognising, rewarding and giving women the acknowledgement they deserve.

With both entrepreneurial and corporate categories, businesswomen all over South Africa are encouraged to enter now.

Why the partnership with Veuve Clicquot’s Business Woman Award?

“Veuve Clicquot is a proud supporter of women in business internationally, honouring our founder Madame Clicquot, who established herself as one of the first leading female figures in the world of business. Our prestigious Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award seeks to identify and celebrate outstanding women and honour their entrepreneurial spirit. We are therefore extremely proud to partner with ELLE magazine in South Africa to present the Veuve Clicquot ELLE Boss Award. This award champions the success of South African business women who share the same inspirational qualities as Madame Clicquot: an enterprising spirit, creativity, courage, determination and, of course, success”, says Pascal Asin, Moët Hennessy Managing Director Africa and Middle East.

Who are the 2018 Veuve Clicquot ELLE Boss judges?

Judges will include Khanyi Dhlomo, Founder and CEO of Ndalo Media and ELLE publisher and Aimee Kellen, Regional Marketing Manager Moët Hennessy, with further judges selected from a wide range of women in leadership from various industries.

How are South African businesswomen able to enter?

Women matching the criteria in the ENTREPRENEUR or CORPORATE category could either self-nominate, with a mentor or manager seconding their application. Or they could be nominated, however they will need to consent to the nomination. 

What does the winning 2018 Veuve Clicquot ELLE Boss receive?

A Veuve Clicquot ELLE BOSS 2018 winner will be selected from all finalists from both the corporate and entrepreneurial categories. There will be one overall winner from either the corporate or entrepreneurial category.

They will be recognised at a bespoke event hosted by ELLE South Africa and Veuve Clicquot in Johannesburg on the 18th of October 2018.

In addition to the public recognition on the evening of the awards, the general press coverage, the winner will also receive one-on-one mentoring during a two-hour session with powerhouse business moghul Khanyi Dhlomo to ask personal, career and development questions.  As well as features in ELLE South Africa (magazine and online /digital platforms), the winner will be flown to visit the prestigious Veuve Clicquot Maison and hosted by Veuve Clicquot in Reims, France, the home of Champagne. The trip will take place in 2019 and will include all flights, accommodation and a daily allowance.

The runner-up will receive a special Veuve Clicquot Experience, including a private dinner for her and five guests, to relax and unwind, to savour the recognition of her meaningful achievement to date as a Woman in Business (Terms & Conditions apply).

Four further runners-up will receive a Magnum of Veuve Clicquot.

Related: 13 Female Entrepreneurs Rising To The Top In SA

What are the nomination criteria:

ENTREPRENEUR Category:

  • Age: Not younger than 25 and not older than 45 years of age.
  • Entrepreneurship: Founder/leader of a local business, driving force behind the success of the business. Displays a pioneering approach, business acumen, dynamism, innovation, audacity and tenacity.
  • Financial Success: Sustained profitable growth and a healthy balance sheet with a minimum turnover of R1 million. The applicant must have been in business for a minimum of three years. She is the main shareholder of this business. Not for Profit organisations will be considered, however their justification on financial performance and development will be required. Fundamental measures of success are financial viability and year-on-year growth.
  • Social Investment: The candidate must have a genuine commitment to responsible and sustainable business practices, such as environmental policies, employee benefits, workforce diversity and community schemes/relationships.
  • Role Model: Mentoring, succession planning, pushing boundaries, ability to motivate others, relationship building with colleagues/employees, especially for other women.
  • Involvement in business and industry: Profile and participation in the business sector they operate in and public profile.
  • Awards or recognition as a significant achiever: The candidate must show that she has personal brand strength.

CORPORATE Category:

  1. Age: Not younger than 25 and not older than 45 years of age.
  2. The candidate must work for a company with a minimum turnover of R15 million per annum.
  3. Management experience: The candidate should have no less than three years in a senior position and the entry must confirm the candidate’s advancement in business to date and chronicle success as a manager to date. The candidate should display a pioneering approach, business acumen, dynamism, innovation, audacity and tenacity. She should also demonstrate leadership and team building skills.
  4. Role Model: The candidate will be assessed with regards to her contribution to mentoring, succession planning, pushing boundaries, and her ability to motivate others, relationship building with colleagues/employees and especially for other women.
  5. Social Leadership: Displays qualities of leading by example in any corporate CSI initiatives, public service.
  6. Involvement in business and industry: Profile and participation in the business sector they operate in and public profile.
  7. Will need to demonstrate the success of their brand business personality through awards or recognition as a significant achiever.

Note: Importantly, the candidate is not an employer, major shareholder or owner of a business.

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Entrepreneurs! Now Is The Time To Change Lives And Grow Revenues

All signs point to Africa as the most extraordinary place to be and do business in the future.

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So, how are we going to do business?

This is the question posed by Musa Kalenga, the enthusiastic entrepreneur and strategist who was named one of the Top 200 young South Africans by Mail & Guardian, at a recent Entrepreneurship To The Point Session hosted by Property Point, the Growthpoint Properties initiative.

The answer to doing business that he offers entrepreneurs, even in this digital age, is humanity.

“Humanity is the new black; it is how we are going to be the next powerhouse of this globe,” says Kalenga. “Being human is the one thing that will enable us to survive in the age of augmentation.”

Kalenga is obsessed with using technology to empower the digitally invisible. “We can send people to the moon but we can’t feed people on earth? This is a problem,” he cautions, “because unless we’re making fundamental business model changes, we won’t have a market for the future.”

He took the Entrepreneurship To The Point audience on a journey, highlighting the sweet spot where technology and creativity merge.

Looking at how African entrepreneurs should respond to the age of augmentation, he uses the shocking November 2015 Paris attacks as an example. Facebook activated its Safety Check function, Uber alerted its drivers to take people to safety, and Airbnb operators took in anyone in need.

Related: How To Make (A Lot Of) Money On Airbnb

“While these are tech businesses at their core, they displayed decidedly human responses. They also didn’t have to redo their business model to respond in a more human way,” points out Kalenga. “The technology journey that communities and consumers have to go through must match ours as brand creators, value seekers and entrepreneurs.”

Doing this is simpler than you may think. Technology’s intersection with humanity is all about finding simple, meaningful solutions.

He points to the trend of impact investment – an approach taken by some of the world’s richest family businesses. Impact investment means finding opportunities that are solving human-centred problems and creating value for the humans that we seek to serve, and then figuring out how to make revenue as a business. Essentially, it puts doing good before making money. This is where humanity, technology and entrepreneurship are on course to meet and power the extraordinary future of business in Africa.

“Human beings are at the top of the food chain because we can understand a small and simple thing, then develop it for different purposes all the time. Also, because we can rally around common cause and purpose. Enhancing quality of life in the way people experience technology is key to continuing to solve problems, not only in Africa but across the globe,” concludes Kalenga

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Futureproofing The Next Generation Of Entrepreneurs

Futureproof – a business built on purpose.

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The South African labour market remains vulnerable, particularly in the youth employment sector. While there is a call for more entrepreneurs, further support for SMME’s and increased youth employment by government, the youth of today lack the skills, knowledge and opportunities to answer to the call.

Riddled by poverty and unemployment, South Africa remains a country in crisis. With more than 3.3 million* unemployed youths, entrepreneurship has been highlighted to eradicate our unemployment woes; here’s the catch though: a recent study on education depicted the effect that poor education has had on entrepreneurs, who are largely ill-equipped to run their own businesses as a result. (Businesslive.co.za (2017)).

Getting youths to grips with entrepreneurship

By combining a background in education and entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial educationalist, speaker, radio presenter, mother of two and all-round go-getter, Lisa Illingworth co-founded Futureproof to educate youths from as young as primary school on real-life entrepreneurship.

Related: Kid Entrepreneurs Who Have Already Built Successful Businesses (And How You Can Too)

As an ex-teacher, Lisa recognised a serious need for educating children on the practical application and art of entrepreneurship to create a generation of informed, thriving youths. “Young adults in the 21st century are entering the working world equipped with knowledge and skills that are irrelevant for the workplace,” explains Lisa.

Futureproof is built on an unwavering commitment to entrepreneurship as a mechanism for intervening in the poverty cycle that our youths are caught up in. “I don’t want to watch another generation driven by poor education standards, self-entitlement and helplessness”.

Lisa believes that entrepreneurs possess qualities that each of us can aspire to in order to take charge of our own futures: they identify a problem or a gap and create a service or a product to solve this problem and generate a flow of money. “Their tenacity is something that few can relate to. Entrepreneurs sacrifice short-term gain to deliver a long-term solution and derive an income from their efforts and passion. Nothing comes easy to an entrepreneur, so persistence is key” she emphasizes.

In a country where many simply admit defeat, Lisa and her team believes that possessing an entrepreneurial mindset can set our youths apart and accelerate them in the working world. “Futureproof exists with a massive transformative purpose to educate the future generation of entrepreneurs,” explains Lisa.  “We aim to identify and grow the 5% of high impact entrepreneurs that will create the much-needed economic transformation that this country requires but organically, this process allows kids to learn how to create their own income opportunities” Lisa continues.

Futureproof – for purpose, for profit

Today, Futureproof is a “for purpose, for profit” business. We sacrifice neither. “This business is built on a model that was based on authentically practicing what we teach. Many social enterprises default to a charity and this business is unapologetically not a charity. We teach kids to build sustainable enterprises and we mirror this through the way we do business”.

Related: The Ultimate 101 List Of Business Ideas To Start Your Own Business In South Africa

Futureproof provides kids the opportunity to craft their own futures by applying the entrepreneurial skills gained in their real-life situations. “By instilling an entrepreneurial mindset, we look to cultivate a generation of hungry entrepreneurs who are able to identify and build-on opportunities. Our courses teach problem solving at the highest level to the youngest kids, and we have seen some amazing success stories come out of this in kids as young as eight years old”.

At its helm, Lisa says that Futureproof’s Board of Directors is made up of some of the country’s top business minds – a team driven by passion and purpose. “We attract incredible people in business and for this reason I am pleased to be surrounded by top women in their respective fields such as S’onqoba Maseko and Chairperson of our Board of Directors (previous head of innovation for FNB and now the COO of Future Nations Schools) and Masenyane Molefe – our Human Resources Specialist and HR Director of Hyundai South Africa.

For more information on Futureproof’s programmes and how to get involved, visit: www.futureproofsa.com

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Nedbank Brings Silicon Valley’s Plug And Play To Africa In Disruption First For The Continent

Nedbank launches The Disruption Agenda to connect the best technology start-ups to major corporations and business leaders.

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Nedbank announced today the expansion of their US partnership with Plug and Play, the world’s largest innovation platform, to include South Africa for the first time.

Together, the entities will connect 10 visionary entrepreneurs from around the world to business leaders at The Disruption Agenda to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa in September.

These startups are at the leading edge of digital transformation. They have been accelerated via the Plug and Play platform and identified as relevant disruptors to solving cross-sector business challenges at a corporate level within the local market.

“Nedbank recognises that building an innovation strategy at a corporate level can present a number of significant challenges. To help corporate leaders, we have structured The Disruption Agenda, a first of its kind event on the continent, to simplify how corporates connect to world-class start-ups,” shares Stuart van der VeenHead of Disruption and Innovation at Nedbank Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB).

“The problem is that innovative thinking is too often limited to finding new ways of doing old things, when what businesses really need to set themselves apart is to find completely new things to do. And that’s where the successful integration of disruptive technology can be an unparalleled source of comprehensive transformation for any business.”

Related: AutoTrader South Africa’s George Mienie Knows Disruptive Innovation Is More Than Shifting Gears

Nedbank’s participation in Plug and Play’s FinTech accelerator programme abroad supports its commitment to source innovative digital enhancements to meet the changing needs of its clients.  Nedbank has sponsored Play and Play’s Fintech initiative for close on two years and for each of the four batches that Nedbank has been involved in, the bank’s teams actively engaged with the start-ups to source new ideas and partnerships with the aim of delivering delightful client experiences and disruptive client value propositions.

“Our partnership with Nedbank has given our start-ups a successful route to expand their business to South Africa,” said Max Koenig, Director of Plug and Play FinTech, Silicon Valley. “The CIB group, responsible for innovation within Nedbank, has been instrumental in sourcing start-ups to digitally transform their company.”

The Disruption Agenda is a closed event structured for Nedbank’s clients, while a public event for broader access to Plug and Play is envisioned to take place later in the year. The success of these engagements will form the basis of Plug and Play’s decision to accelerate plans to establish a permanent presence in Africa.

“The opportunity in Africa as a whole is endless and we view this event in September as an integral first step for opening and developing an Innovation Hub in South Africa in 2019” noted Saeed Amidi, Founder & CEO of Plug and Play.

“We believe that successful disruptors are those organisations that are able to see through their traditional functions and create new realities for their clients and businesses. In the process of transforming innovation thinkers to disruption leaders, these organisations have real potential to transform the economic reality of entire communities,” shares Van der Veen.

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