Veuve Clicquot is known not only for its exceptionally fine champagne but for celebrating trailblazing women through its annual Bold Woman Awards.
The first and longest-running international accolades of their kind, they honour female leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship in 27 countries around the globe. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bold Woman Awards … and the first time that South Africans are invited to enter.
The award continues to take inspiration from a woman whose tenacity and creativity led to entrepreneurial success, Madame Clicquot. Her story is one of boldness, audacity and entrepreneurial spirit – in 1805, widowed at the age of 27 years old, she went on to revolutionise an entire industry. An exceptional achievement in a time when women couldn’t open their own bank accounts, let alone independently own or run businesses.
Madame Clicquot’s creations and innovations were manifold. Not only did she create an identity for champagne outside of France, but she also bottled the first recorded vintage champagne in 1810. She then went on to innovate the riddling table system – a technique that clears sparkling wine of cloudy yeast after fermentation. In 1818, Madame Clicquot made the first known blended rosé champagne, known for its liveliness and bursts of fruit.
What you need to know:
To enter the Bold Woman Award category, you must be the founder or CEO of a company that has been in existence for more than three years. They must have demonstrated transformation and evolution in their field and supported the growth of the enterprise for at least two years while maintaining an ethical approach to business.
To qualify for the Bold Future Award, you must be the founder or CEO of a company that has been in existence for less than three years. In that time, you must have made a significant contribution to the success of the enterprise by instilling a sense of entrepreneurship and have made a tangible contribution to transformation in an existing market, while bringing ethical change to the business.
How to enter:
If you are a leader and role model ready to be recognised for your remarkable success, enter the Bold Woman Awards by completing a simple form on the Veuve Clicquot website.
Three finalists in each category will be selected by an independent panel of judges and will be invited to attend the Bold Woman Awards ceremony on July 21, where one laureate in each of the categories will be lauded by a grand jury.
The Bold Woman Award winners will travel to Reims, France for an immersion in the history, tradition and luxury of Maison Veuve Clicquot.
Entries close on May 31. Entrants must be official residents of SA and the business must be based in or operating in SA.