Regional Conference

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The Standard Bank Top Women regional roadshow is traveling to Free State, North West, Northern Cape, and Mpumalanga in May 2019!

The Standard Bank Top Women Pitching Den is a 2-hour platform for START-UP (EMERGING) companies to pitch their businesses LIVE in the form of a 3 minute elevator pitch to a well-rounded panel of judges and delegates followed by a 5-minute Q&A. In this way, the Standard Bank Top Women regional conference celebrates emerging companies with solutions spanning across all industries. This conference aims to encourage companies with the best growth potential to become market leaders, and to inspire future entrepreneurs and start-ups.

True success requires vision and leadership, financial accomplishment, strategic direction and innovation. This conference is designed to recognise and honour local entrepreneurs and companies whose innovative solutions will have a significant impact on the growth of the South African economy.

Standard Bank Top Women Pitching Den

Conference Overview

The national Standard Bank Top Women Conference takes place in Johannesburg every August – but calls have come in from thousands of women around the country, who wants to participate and boost their business prospects. Now, regional Top Women Conferences is traveling to North West, Free State, Mpumalanga, and Nothern Cape regions this May 2019 to reach out to entrepreneurial women across the country who can look forward to hearing first-hand from successful leading women awards winners and entrepreneurs.

Attendees will come away with a new game plan for success, based on personal journeys related by invited women leaders – and a clearer idea of where and how to grow their own businesses.

Research shows that women in business are better borrowers and financial managers than men. Women are more likely to share their success outwards into their communities, which helps to uplift socio-economic conditions as a whole. Yet South African women entrepreneurs make up less than 5% of the entrepreneurial population – well below the global average.

Taking Down the Final Barrier

For women entrepreneurs, the biggest barrier to success is usually not business intelligence or innovative business models, but simply access to trade or markets- They have products and services but WHERE and HOW do they find opportunities to gain more clients and market share – locally, regionally, nationally and even internationally? Big corporates have recently been mandated through B-BEE and Supplier Development funding to start doing more business with black women-owned suppliers. If South Africa’s entrepreneurial women can open up such opportunities their productivity will soar, job creation will increase and their success will ripple outwards into the wider economy.

Women Advancing Together

Central to the regional Conferences will be the 1 – hour Fast Track Networking sessions, in which the entrepreneurial need for networking opportunities will be fully met. Participants will build up new meaningful personal networks, generate business interest or partnerships and gain even more business-building knowledge by sharing challenges, insights, and tips with other up-and-coming entrepreneurs. For this session, you are advised to bring lots of business cards.

A 2 – hour Pitching Den in which 8 pre-selected entrepreneurs with promising business models can outline them in a 3 -minute elevator pitch and get valuable advice, mentorship, and feedback from delegates and a panel of high profile judges on their next steps.



Be Involved in dynamic discussions to overcome barriers to gender empowerment.


Prepare to come away with renewed commitment to changing and advancing your business!


Engage a broad cross-section of the business community at the highest level and generate new leads.


Deliver your insight and influence towards advancing women in leadership across the economy.


Develop multifaceted partnerships with like-minded companies and business leaders.


Meet and strategize with key players in business who combine gender empowerment with powerful success.


“This has been an uplifting and educational session from all the speakers and their experiences. Thank you Standard Bank”

Shamila Phillips

COO, Moneypenny Accounting services

“I loved hearing from the successful entrepreneurs, lots of valuable advice and the networking was much easier”

Christi Kahle

Accounts Manager, TRI Partitioning

“Event exceeded my expectation. Well worth traveling from Gauteng. I think it was well planned and I enjoyed the speaker line-up. Women are phenomenal”

Elmyra Willemse

Senior Account Executive

“Event exceeded my expectation. Well worth traveling from Gauteng. I think it was well planned and I enjoyed the speaker line-up. Women are phenomenal”

Mary Faulks


Speakers 2019

Johanna Mukoki

Group CEO | Travel with Flair | North West

Madelain Roscher

Managing Director | PR Worx | North West

Shirley Hayes

Mining Entrepreneur | SHiP The Copper Company | Northern Cape

Mikie Monoketsi

Entrepreneur | Mama's Spices & Herbs | Northern Cape

Satty Mdhluli

Founder | Thabile Tours & Shuttles | Free State

Portia Mngomezulu

Founder & MD | PortiaM | Mpumalanga

Lisa Illingworth

Entrepreneur | Futureproof SA | Mpumalanga

Masego Moncho

Managing Director | MSG IT Solutions | Free State

Leah Molatseli

Managing Director | Lenoma Legal | Free State

Helen Namponya

Corporate MC | Free State University | Free State



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