The calibre of entrepreneurs who entered the 2016 FAIRLADY Woman of the Future and Rising Star awards is truly awe-inspiring. The search called for entries from female entrepreneurs who have created successful businesses.
‘Good ideas are easily come by – the real skill lies in having the smarts and the courage to turn that idea into a successful business,’ says FAIRLADY editor Suzy Brokensha. ‘I have so much respect for the women who enter the FAIRLADY Women of the Future Awards: they have created the most extraordinary businesses. It’s extremely difficult to choose the finalists – and I think that’s a great sign for South Africa!’
The 10 women and their businesses are featured in the August issue of FAIRLADY, on sale today.
Woman of the Future 2016: The women in line for this award are over 25, and have been in business for longer than 1001 days. The finalists are:
· Jessica Bonin (Lady Bonin`s Tea) – owner of an all female-run company that produces its own tea
· Katherine-Mary Pichulik (Pichulik) – owner of a contemporary African jewellery and accessories brand
· Khaya Cokoto (X Spark) – owner of a company specialising in web and graphic design, and app and software development. The company also offers branding and social media services, 3D design and printing
· Lauren de Swardt (Kids Emporium) – nationwide franchise of 28 stores with the latest ranges of furniture, décor, maternity & children`s wear and toy store
· Sarah Collins (Wonderbag) – owner of a revolutionary non-electric heat-retention cooker
· Sarika Modi (Triple Eight) – owner of a company that works with major consumer brands in making a positive impact on people, the planet and profits through their marketing and CSR initiatives
· Tiffini Wissing (Old School Cool) – provides safety-conscious parents with transport vehicles for their children that are fitted with the latest safety technology, onboard cameras and live tracking
Rising Star 2016: These young go-getters are 25 and under, and have been in business between 6 months and 1001 days. The finalists are:
· Lebo Mphela (Malia Nail Care) – produces a local nail polish brand
· Liebre Eigelaar (FruitLips) – produces home-grown bespoke jams, marmalades and chutneys
· Moyin Oloruntoba (The A1) – produces online entertainment content geared towards youth culture
The panel of judges for the FAIRLADY Women Of The Future 2016 awards include Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela; Santam director, Yegs Ramiah; FAIRLADY editor Suzy Brokensha, media entrepreneur and international speaker, Jo-Ann Strauss and TV presenter, radio host & MC, Leanne Manas. The winner of the FAIRLADY Woman Of The Future and FAIRLADY Rising Star awards 2016, in partnership with Santam, will be honoured at a prestigious awards ceremony in Johannesburg in August 2016.
The FAIRLADY Woman of the Future will be awarded R50 000 in cash, an invaluable mentoring session with one of the judges, a R3 000 shopping voucher from Queenspark, a Sony Xperia Z5 & Sony tablet, an online course from GetSmarter worth R12 500, a Bamboo Revolution watch and an Issey Miyake (L`Eau d`Issey) hamper worth R7 880.
The FAIRLADY Rising Star will be awarded R20 000 in cash, an invaluable mentoring session with one of the judges, a R3 000 shopping voucher from Queenspark, a Sony Xperia M5 & Sony tablet, an online course from GetSmarter worth R12 500, a Bamboo Revolution watch and an Issey Miyake (L’Eau d’Issey) hamper worth R7 880.
For full details of all our finalists, get the latest issue of FAIRLADY magazine, on sale now!
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