By 2022, female entrepreneurs have the potential to boost the South African economy by R175 billion. In support of this vision, the annual conference of WEConnect International in South Africa with the support of platinum sponsors ExxonMobil and EY is being held in Sandton, Johannesburg. The conference, an annual gathering of amazing and successful women business owners and WEConnect international corporate members, is focused on encouraging the sustainable growth of women-owned businesses.
The 2020 Conference theme, “Scaling Up in 2020 for Sustainable Growth”, is focused on women-owned businesses in South Africa and across the African continent, positioning themselves for success in this decade and beyond. The conference will explore how to foster connections between buyers and sellers, leverage technology to enable business growth, and discover new business opportunities across Africa and beyond.
The event will be opened by Ms. Elizabeth Vazquez, President, CEO and Co-Founder of WEConnect International. Ms. Vazquez notes, “This is an exciting time for WEConnect International’s work on the African continent. Over the next three years, WEConnect International will vastly expand our operations in Africa. We plan to double the number of women-owned businesses in our network and increase the number of corporate buyers sourcing products and services in Africa.”
The EY opening speaker is Ms. Jabulile Kubheka, Africa Talent Leader at EY, who affirms the close relationship between WEConnect International and EY: “Our partnership with WEConnect is of vital importance to us as EY Africa. We take seriously our commitment to empowering female leaders through education and entrepreneurship.”
Joining her on the programme are high-profile women business owners, Ms. Ipeleng Mkhari, CEO of Motseng Investment Holdings, and Ms. Patricia Norris, Founder and CEO, CTE Investment, who will both give a business motivation address. The High Commissioner of Kenya to the Republic of South Africa, as well as the MEC of Economic Development in Gauteng province are confirmed as speakers.
Other speakers from the Department of Trade and Industry, African Development Bank, United Nations and representatives from global corporates such as IBM, EY, and Johnson & Johnson, which are active in providing market access for women business owners, complete the line-up.
The event will be attended by over 200 delegates who include successful women entrepreneurs, corporate representatives, government officials, and other developmental partners.
WEConnect International in South Africa Country Director Jean Chawapiwa said, “One of the highlights on the day’s programme is the announcement of the winner of the Young Entrepreneurs Pitch Competition, the competition will be held as part of our capacity building events on 4th March 2020.” Participants in the competition come from Junior Achievement SA, the Gauteng Department of Economic Development, North West province, the University of Johannesburg and Youth Bridge Trust.
For more information on the event, please go here or contact:
Ms. Awande Zwane
Support Team: WEConnect International in South Africa
About WEConnect International
WEConnect International recently celebrated 10 years of certifying women’s business enterprises (WBEs) that are at least 51% owned, managed and controlled by one or more woman and connecting them to global opportunities. WEConnect International in South Africa is part of WEConnect International’s global network active in 45 countries, representing 60% of the world’s population.
WEConnect International also offers the opportunity to join its network through self-registration, which is free of charge. Self-registration gets women-owned businesses into our database so they can receive communication from us regarding upcoming events and training workshops as well as some corporate opportunities. Self-registration also grants members access to our Business Directory of women-owned businesses around the world!
Women-owned businesses can self-register their businesses on the WEConnect International network here.