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The Standard Bank Top Women regional conferences:

Giving Entrepreneurs access to markets

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 socioeconomic conditions as a whole.

Yet South African women entrepreneurs make up less than 5% of the entrepreneurial population – well below the global average.

Pursuing their NEXT

Top Women, together with the bank that prioritises support for women pursuing their “next”, is coming to your city to change that.

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.

“In a survey we found that 43% of women cited access to markets as a key barrier to entry and 22% of them listed networking on their wish list. We strongly believe that our partnership with Top Women can address these areas identified by woman entrepreneurs.”

Jayshree Naidoo, Head of the Standard Bank Incubator

We’ve heard the call…

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 want to participate and boost their business prospects.

Now, regional Top Women Conferences will travel to four key regions in the coming months, to reach out to entrepreneurial women in Cape Town, P.E, KZN and Limpopo, who can look forward to hearing first-hand from successful Top Women Awards winners.

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

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. If you’re coming, bring lots of business cards.

Get a taste of what to expect, with video highlights from the recent national conference:

Then make the Standard Bank Regional Conference YOUR NEXT!

Success stories and gender empowerment solutions

There are still various barriers that prevent women from fully participating at the highest levels of business and government. Janine Hicks from the Commission for Gender Equality states that, “In South Africa, women represent just 29% of executive managers, 22% of directors of companies, 9% of chairs of boards and a mere 2.4% of chief executives.Under the employment equity legislation, companies are required to conduct an audit to assess what internal policies can be put in place to lower barriers that women face.”

Top Women proudly brings you the annual Standard Bank Top Women Conference. Every year we succeed in bringing together decision makers and thought leaders who are serious about delivering results for gender empowerment: business experts, academics, government representatives and the most influential captains of industry.Together, this powerful combination of game changers focus their experience, expertise and energy on overcoming the major roadblocks still faced in gender empowerment.

The main conference is accompanied by a series of equally unmissable, regional conferences – dates announced here soon.

Why attend?

Six reasons to be there.


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


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


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.


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