• Since 1972, Veuve Clicquot Bold Woman has been celebrating female founders and CEO’S globally. The established platform honours female pioneers that encapsulate the spirit of Madame Clicquot. The awards have 2 categories, the Bold Woman Award, and the Bold Future Award, which highlight and give visibility to innovative women globally. The award show is the first and longest running of its kind. South African business leaders and entrepreneurs looking to elevate their businesses and join a community of like-minded individuals are invited to enter from the 18th of March 2024.

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    The award has celebrated women for over 52 years highlighting women who exemplify the same tenacious, hardworking spirit as the Grande Dame of Champagne Madame Clicquot. Widowed in her youth, Madame Clicquot defied norms in 1805 and drastically changed an entire industry, an extraordinary feat during an era when women faced limitations, unable to own their own personal bank accounts, let alone manage businesses. The Bold Woman Award pays recognition to women who possess traits of fearlessness and determination similar to Madame Clicquot. The award is open internationally to woman in 27 countries. Over 450 businesswomen have been honoured with this award, to date. The award applauds leadership but also provides laureates with prominence, and a powerful platform to access inspiring communities.

    These Bold women inspire and motivate future generations of female leaders. The awards impact is invaluable. The South African edition of the 2023 Bold by Veuve Clicquot Barometer reveals that 72% of women entrepreneurs’ role model. This fact showcases the vital role of the Bold by Veuve Clicquot programme, setting a sustainable future for businesswomen through initiatives, mentorship and collaboration.

    One initiative that sets out to amplify the Bold Programme and fosters global female networking is Veuve Clicquot’s Bold Open Database, a collaborative database catalysing social and economic development. South African women seeking to connect with fellow female entrepreneurs across the globe are invited to register at www.boldopendatabase.com.

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    The women who step into the Bold Woman Award spotlight pay tribute to the legacy of Madame Clicquot and play a vital role in inspiring future generations of female entrepreneurs. South African women who are ready to be recognized for their business achievements are called to enter the 2024 Veuve Clicquot Bold Woman Award.



    To enter the Bold Woman Award, candidates must be founders or CEOs of a company for more than three years, have demonstrated transformation and evolution in their field, and supported growth for at least two years while maintaining an ethical approach to business.

    To qualify for the Bold Future Award, candidates must be the founders or CEOs of a company that has been in existence for less than three years. In that time, the candidate must have made a significant contribution to the success of their company by instilling a sense of entrepreneurship and have made a tangible contribution to transformation in an existing market, while bringing ethical change to the company.

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    Three finalists in each category will be selected by an esteemed jury and will be invited to attend the Bold Woman Award ceremony on 17 July where one laureate in each of the categories will be lauded by a grand jury. The Bold Woman Award winner will travel to Reims, France, for an immersion in the history, tradition, and luxury of Maison Veuve Clicquot.

    Entries open on 18 March and close on 30 April 2024. Business leaders and role models who are ready to be recognised for their remarkable success are invited to enter the Veuve Clicquot Bold Woman Award by completing a simple form via www.veuveclicquot.com.

    Applicants must be an official resident of South Africa and the business must be based in or operating in South Africa. The finalists will be selected by an independent panel of judges.

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