Are you South Africa’s next Bold Woman?


By YourLuxury Africa

In 1972 Veuve Clicquot chose to pay tribute to Madame Clicquot – the Grande Dame of Champagne who fearlessly defied norms to transform an entire industry – by creating an award to celebrate women who embody her tenacious, enterprising spirit.

To date, the Bold Woman Award and Bold Future Award have honoured and featured more than 450 female founders and CEOs across 27 countries, not only applauding their leadership, but also providing laureates with recognition on a powerful platform and access to an inspiring global community.

In turn, these bold women inspire and motivate future generations of female leaders. The South African edition of the 2023 Bold Barometer by Veuve Clicquot shows that 72 percent of aspiring women entrepreneurs can name a local female role model. This finding underscores the role of the Bold by Veuve Clicquot programme, which has created impactful initiatives to inspire mentorship and collaboration.

Amanda Dambuza, Group Chief Executive Officer of Uyandiswa, who will be on the jury for the third year in a row, says she is delighted to be “in the hot seat” again.“Hot because it is a huge responsibility to pick a deserving winner when there are so many bold women running incredible businesses. I feel incredibly privileged to be associated with a brand that continues to shine the spotlight on female entrepreneurship and am proud to see how previous winners have grown in stature and confidence.”


  • In order to qualify, 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 to transformation in an existing market, while bringing ethical change to the company.
  • Three finalists in each category will be selected by an esteemed panel of judges and invited to attend the Bold Woman Award ceremony on 17 July 2024, where one laureate in each of the categories will be chosen. The Bold Woman Award winner will travel to Reims, France, to experience the history, tradition, and luxury of Veuve Clicquot.
  • Applicants must be an official resident of South Africa and the business must be based in or operating in South Africa.

To enter, complete the form on veuveclicquot.com. Entries close on 30 April 2024.

To connect with this community of inspiring female entrepreneurs across the globe, Veuve Clicquot has created the collaborative platform Bold Open Database.

“I have been an entrepreneur for 14 years and one of the core motivations for starting Agenda Women was to provide female founders with access to resources and tools that I only found much later in my entrepreneurial journey,” says Nomdeni Mdakhi, CEO and Founder of Agenda Women, and a member of the 2023 Bold Woman Award jury.

 “We need to help female founders access communities and mentors in order to crowdsource solutions to problems that inhibit their growth. The Bold Open Database is not only a necessary platform but one that catalyses the ability for founders to grow beyond their local economies. I will be using it to connect with women around the world for profiling, networking and collaboration opportunities.”

To register and start engaging with like-minded entrepreneurs, visit boldopendatabase.com/en

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