In celebration of Africa Month, the Standard Bank series of Top Women Regional Conferences heads to Polokwane on 17 May 2018. To be held at the Fusion Boutique Hotel, the conference will tackle lack of access to markets, a fundamental barrier to success both nationally and on the continent that must be dismantled if the entrepreneurial landscape is to be transformed to reflect South Africa’s demographics.
So, what’s holding women back from steering the South African economy towards greater prosperity? According to a survey conducted by Standard Bank, it’s a lack of access to markets; they have products and services, but where and how do they find opportunities to gain more clients and market share – locally, regionally, nationally and even internationally? This is a challenge that the Standard Bank Top Women Conferences aim to solve.
Offering, at first, only a national Johannesburg-based conference each August, its effectiveness and popularity quickly led to calls for more platforms to address the challenges facing gender empowerment and women-driven economic growth. This resulted in four Standard Bank Top Women Regional Conferences, one set in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban and Polokwane.
Polokwane will host a gathering of renowned thought leaders, mentors and change drivers dedicated to recognising the achievements of women in public and private sectors and offering aspiring entrepreneurs new strategies for success – Game plans to move their businesses forward and drive economic growth in South Africa. Standard Bank Top Women responds to the critical questions surrounding barriers to success for women entrepreneurs with advice and support from some of South Africa’s most influential business luminaries.
Key Note Address:
– Mmabogoshi Msiza: Entrepreneur & Chairperson of the Limpopo branch of the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa (Bwasa)
– Koko Khumalo: CEO Motlanalo Chartered Accountants
Participating VIPs and Stakeholders:
– Small Enterprise Development Agency
– Limpopo Department of Economic Development, Environment and Tourism
– The Black Business Council in the Built Environment – Limpopo (BBCBE-Limpopo)
– The South African Women in Construction – Limpopo (SAWiC – Limpopo), which is an affiliate to the BBCBE
– Women in Tourism
– Black Management Forum
The Top Women conferences’ innovative programme is designed to give entrepreneurs the rare opportunity to network and gain valuable exposure for their business ideas. Central to the Regional Conference is the one-hour Fast Track Networking session in which participants can build meaningful personal networks, encourage business interest or partnerships, and gain knowledge. There will also be a two-hour Pitching Den: Delegates are given three-minutes to pitch their business models to a panel of high-profile judges.
“Top Women is a community built around the spirit of mentorship, with successful women uplifting others to pursue success to an equal degree, and collectively sharing knowledge gained through experience to help all community members advance,” says Karla Fletcher, Director of Standard Bank Top Women. “We look forward to showcasing some of the most successful stories and strategies implemented in the development of leadership roles for women, and connecting entrepreneurs to key influencers who are serious about economy-wide progress.”
WHEN: Thursday 17 May 2018 starting at 9AM to 5PM
WHERE: The Fusion Boutique Hotel, Polokwane