May 6, 2021 - May 27, 2021
9:00 am - 1:00 pm SA Time

P&G Business Development Programme in South Africa 2021

After a roller-coaster 2020, businesses of all sizes are trying to sustain and reset for growth, and this year will be one of innovation, recovery, and renewal. The unforeseen circumstances presented by the pandemic tested organizations on their readiness to pivot and adapt in 2020.

This year WEConnect International in partnership with members and partner organizations is supporting our women-owned businesses to #RiseToTheChallenge. Twenty-twenty-one is unlikely to look like any recent year in history, as we look forward to an uncertain year, we want to ensure you are equipped with additional knowledge on how to strengthen your business strategy to withstand the continued global economic changes. The program will give you access to P&G experts as well as a cohort of other selected women business owners. The final selection of those who will participate will be made by P&G who will be looking at their long-term portfolio and wanting to select women-owned businesses they can add to their supply chain.

WEConnect International has again partnered with P&G to host the fourth South Africa Business Development Program for 2021. A unique program that will give selected women business owners direct access to the P&G executive team as the facilitators of the business training modules. The selected modules will aim to allow for the executive team to be able to share business content along with expertise and experience from their portfolios and careers – helping women-owned businesses to revisit their business strategies geared to success in difficult business environments.

After receiving an overwhelming response of 92 applicants, P&G South Africa has selected 25 women-owned business to participate in the 2021 virtual programme.


Vilo Trska

Senior Vice President & General Manager P&G South Africa

Ezhilarasan Loganathan

Country-Head of Gillette, Venus & Oral-B at P&G Southern Africa

Agraj Sharma

Sales Director

Stanislav Sushchev

Finance Manager

Jide Olatunbode

IT Leader – South Africa

Hourly Schedule

May 6, 2021


Leadership Skills Development

Leadership is the art of motivating a group of people to act toward achieving a common goal. In a business setting, this can mean directing workers and colleagues with a strategy to meet the company's needs.

Vilo Trska

May 13, 2021


Brand Building, Marketing and Sales

The definition of brand building is to generate awareness about your business using strategies and campaigns with the goal of creating a unique and lasting image in the marketplace. Positive image + standing out = brand success.

Ezhilarasan Loganathan, Agraj Sharma

May 20, 2021


Access to Capital

Lack of access to capital is one of the most significant barriers to entrepreneurship, particularly when you consider the costs associated with starting a business. While many entrepreneurs are familiar with private external financing like equity and loans, there are a broad range of financing options that your business may be able to take advantage of. Find out everything you need to know about access to capital for entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Stanislav Sushchev

May 27, 2021


Digital Transformation (IT)

Digital transformation is the integration of digital technology into all areas of a business, fundamentally changing how you operate and deliver value to customers. It's also a cultural change that requires organizations to continually challenge the status quo, experiment, and get comfortable with failure.

Jide Olatunbode