If women and men could start and grow businesses at an equal rate, the global GDP would likely increase by $28 trillion by 2025. Yup.
In 2014, Veuve Clicquot launched the Bold Future Award which recognises the women entrepreneurs of tomorrow. What makes these women special? They are founders or CEOs of a business that has been in operation for less than three years. They have made a significant contribution to the company’s success by instilling a sense of entrepreneurship. And… they’ve made a tangible contribution to transformation in an existing market, bringing ethical change to the company.
The Bold Future and Bold Woman Award in SA
Launched for the first time in South Africa this year, the Bold Woman Award serves to bring greater inclusion, impact and more visibility to today and tomorrow’s role models – the women in business who are redefining success, pushing boundaries and inspiring others to follow suit.
Six South African female business leaders were selected from 250, who were entered for their courage, tenacity and boldness.
“It is the tenacious spirit and determination of these finalists we are overwhelmingly impressed with. These are women who redefine success on their own terms and go beyond the status quo, just as Madame Clicquot did two centuries ago,” said Veuve Clicquot CEO Jean-Marc Gallot.
Meet the winners…
To be a bold woman is to innovate, transform and be a trailblazer for others to follow – and to do so despite the entrenched challenges that women face. Gugu Sithole and Captain Londy Ngcobo were named the winners of the esteemed Veuve Clicquot Bold Woman Award and Bold Future Award respectively.
1/ Gugu Sithole
Having weathered the storm as a pandemic-era travel start-up, Gugu’s luxury mobile campsites make some of the country’s most breath-taking natural wonderlands accessible to many who haven’t had the opportunity to explore South Africa.
As this year’s Bold Woman Award winner, Gugu will travel to Reims, France – the home of Veuve Clicquot – for an immersion in the history, tradition and luxury of the Maison.
As this year’s Bold Future Award winner, Womaritime Experts’ Captain Londy Ngcobo stood out to the jury for her drive to challenge gender and racial stereotypes. The Founder of Global Maritime Youth and Director of Womaritime Experts is Africa’s first female dredge master. Through her all-female maritime consulting firm, Londy uses her position to educate and empower the youth in this industry and unlock Africa’s ocean economy, creating a viable future for other young Africans.
We salute you!
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