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Could you be the 2018 Veuve Clicquot ELLE Boss?

Enter to stand a chance to be the 2018 Veuve Clicquot ELLE Boss.

Entries for the 2018 Veuve Clicquot ELLE Boss Award are open.

This award is to honour inspiring businesswomen who empower, support and encourage female creativity and leadership.

We want to recognise someone who has been in business for at least three years and is already showing success, and/or someone that possesses strong corporate managerial skills with a social conscience.

The entry process culminates in a glamorous event, hosted by ELLE South Africa and Veuve Clicquot, where the winner will be announced. It will take place in Johannesburg on 18 October 2018.

The prize packages

ELLE South Africa and Veuve Clicquot have put together incredible prizes for the overall winner and the runners-up too.

Winner prize:

  • Press coverage from the awards evening;
  • She will be featured in ELLE South Africa (magazine and digital platforms); and
  • She will visit the prestigious Veuve Clicquot Maison in 2019 hosted by Veuve Clicquot in Reims, France, inclusive of flights, accommodation and a daily allowance.

Runner-up prize

  • A special Veuve Clicquot Experience, which includes a private dinner for her and five guests.

Four further runners-up

  • A magnum bottle of Veuve Clicquot.

All finalists will be invited to attend the Veuve Clicquot ELLE Boss event on 18 October 2018 in Johannesburg.

How to enter

There are two ways to enter:

  • Nominate yourself in either the entrepreneur or corporate category.
  • Nominate someone you know in the entrepreneur or corporate category.

Entrepreneur category:

  1. Age: Not younger than 25 and not older than 45 years of age.
  2.  Entrepreneurship: Founder/leader of a local business, driving force behind the success of the business. Displays a pioneering approach, business acumen, dynamism, innovation, audacity and tenacity.
  3.  Financial Success: Sustained profitable growth and a healthy balance sheet with a minimum turnover of R1 million. The applicant must have been in business for a minimum of three years. She is the main shareholder of this business. Not for Profit organisations will be considered, however their justification on financial performance and development will be required. Fundamental measures of success are financial viability and year-on-year growth.
  4. Social Investment: The candidate must have a genuine commitment to responsible and sustainable business practices, such as environmental policies, employee benefits, workforce diversity and community schemes/relationships.
  5. Role Model: Mentoring, succession planning, pushing boundaries, ability to motivate others, relationship building with colleagues/employees, especially for other women.
  6. Involvement in business and industry: Profile and participation in the business sector they operate in and public profile.
  7. Awards or recognition as a significant achiever: The candidate must show that she has personal brand strength.

Corporate category:

  1. Age: Not younger than 25 and not older than 45 years of age.
  2. The candidate must work for a company with a minimum turnover of R15 million per annum.
  3.  Management experience: The candidate should have no less than three years in a senior position and the entry must confirm the candidate’s advancement in business to date and chronicle success as a manager to date. The candidate should display a pioneering approach, business acumen, dynamism, innovation, audacity and tenacity. She should also demonstrate leadership and team building skills.
  4.  Role Model: The candidate will be assessed with regards to her contribution to mentoring, succession planning, pushing boundaries, and her ability to motivate others, relationship building with colleagues/employees and especially for other women.
  5.  Social Leadership: Displays qualities of leading by example in any corporate CSI initiatives, public service.
  6. Involvement in business and industry: Profile and participation in the business sector they operate in and public profile.
  7. Will need to demonstrate the success of their brand business personality through awards or recognition as a significant achiever.

Note: Importantly, the candidate is not an employer, major shareholder or owner of a business.

Entries close on 21 September 2018.

Entry form

Terms and conditions apply.
To attend the Veuve Clicquot ELLE Boss Award ceremony, all finalists must fly to  Johannesburg and find accommodation at their personal expense.


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