Businesswoman of the Year Award

Sponsorship Opportunity

The Businesswomen of the Year Awards (BWOYA) Gala Dinner takes place in August annually at the venue to be announced for 500+ high profile guests from both the Private and Public sector.

Historically this event has been the gathering of an array of South Africa’s most influential women leaders in business, academia, and politics from Africa’s top companies and government institutions.

Now in its 35th year in 2014, the Businesswoman of the Year Awards, has grown in stature and is widely regarded as the premier networking event for men and women in Business.

Partnering with an organization such as the BWASA as we salute SA’s top Businesswomen, would provide your brand and organization with an extensive networking, branding and awareness building opportunity. Your involvement would not just be in the lead up to and on the day of the awards but for the entire year going forward as the winners are profiled and call for nominations for the next cycle begins.

As a partner to BWOYA, your association would convey your support for the recognition and upliftment for South African Women in Business.

Return on Investment for Gold Partnership:

  • Opportunity to reach and convey your strategic business message to 500 high level business and government decision makers through:
    • An opportunity to incorporate your company’s corporate video into a 3 minute Video Presentation on the night
    • 10 minute speaking opportunity
  • Branding opportunities on BWA materials and other Gala Dinner Material
  • Media opportunity and editorial coverage building up to BWOYA
  • Two tables at the awards dinner accommodating 20 guests
  • Two seats at BWA President’s table with Guest Speaker
  • Opportunity to provide your company branded Corporate Gifts at the event
  • Opportunity to include your company information into the press packs
  • Opportunity to provide commentary in the press release
  • Winners road show – branding opportunity at 10 BWA branches
  • Bursary Launches
  • Networking opportunity at the finalist announcement event
  • Branding opportunity at the finalist announcement event, usually attended by between 60 – 70 key media, stakeholders, members and partners

Return on Investment for Silver Partnership:

  • Opportunity to reach and convey your strategic business message to 500 high level business and government decision makers through an opportunity to incorporate your company’s corporate video into a 1 minute Video Presentation on the night
  • Branding opportunities on BWA produced banners and other Gala Dinner Material at 75% in size of Gold Partnership
  • Media announcements and publications pre and post dinner to carry a mention of the sponsorship
  • One table at the awards dinner accommodating 10 of your guests
  • Two seats at BWA Vice President’s table
  • Opportunity to provide your company branded Corporate Gifts at the event
  • Opportunity to include your company information into the press packs
  • Your company information will be included into the BWOYA DVD

Return on Investment for Bronze Partnership:

  • Your company logo will be included into the BWOYA DVD
  • Your company logo will be included on the Menus
  • 4 Guests at the dinner in the VIP Section
  • Opportunity to provide your company branded Corporate Gifts at the event
  • A further opportunity exist to extend your brand to the 500 guest by providing give-aways which will be elegantly packaged and given to guests on departure in a goodie bag
  • 2 Guests at the dinner in the VIP section
  • Minimum of three mentions on the night
  • Company logo looped on the Dinner Screen Saver

Criteria

  • The Businesswoman of the Year Award has been running since 1980 and was initiated by the Executive Women Club (EWC) celebrating excellence in Corporate Leadership,
  • In 2006, a new category was introduced, the Entrepreneurial Category. Thus there are now 2 winners each year, Corporate and Entrepreneur– equally weighted.
  • The criteria for nominations are as follows:
    • Entrepreneur Category – owner managed business, controls a budget of more than R35million,
    • Corporate Category - control a budget of R50million or more, have been with their current organisation for 3 years or more years (not necessarily in the same position)
    • Government Category – must hold a senior position in the national, provincial, local government or a state owned entity for at least three financial years
    • Category winners must be South African resident or citizen and women who are or can be considered as role model

Nominations

  • A request for nominations, along with criteria, are sent out as early in the year as possible to all members, previous winners and the wider business community through various mediums.
  • Once a nomination has been received, vetted and accepted by the nominee, a shortlist is created.

Short Listing

  • All nominees who have submitted their initial paperwork have to be short listed down to traditionally 6 candidates, 3 in each category
  • Nominees short listed must be a representative mix and combination of black and white women.

Announcement of the Finalists

  • The finalists are announced at a separate function, (usually a lunch or breakfast function)
  • This is primarily a media event intended to introduce the finalists to the public and to drive awareness of the Award in a build up towards the final award ceremony.

Judging

  • Three panels of judges, one for each category are selected and invited.
  • The standard judges are - the previous year’s winners, a member of the Press, and other prominent and successful business people. The BWA President is a mediator and the auditors send a representative to screen the financials. CEREMONY

Bursary

80% of the proceeds of BWOYA go towards the BWA Bursary Fund which is distributed through the BWA branches for awarding to deserving women in the various communities.

More Information

For more information please contact Busi Mkhabele on 011 464 4945 or by email on bmkhabele@bwasa.co.za

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