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The NatWest everywoman awards for women in business is open for entries in a year where support for female entrepreneurship is more needed than ever.
The 2020 NatWest everywoman awards are now open for nominations and will celebrate inspirational female founders against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic.
everywoman says it is estimated that female entrepreneurs could contribute £250 billion to the economy if they had opportunities to start and scale their businesses at the same rate as men and that the disparity creates an economically short-sighted disadvantage for women, particularly at a time of uncertainty when talent and enterprise are needed the most.
The awards serve to share knowledge and ideas, connecting female entrepreneurs with advisors, peers and potential investors.
Karen Gill, Co-Founder of everywoman, says: “Since we launched these awards in 2003 we have seen thousands of entrepreneurs share the highs and the lows of their business journeys. The country, indeed the world, now faces its biggest economic challenge in generations. It will be the entrepreneurs who will be sufficiently adroit to identify and act on the opportunities. All eyes will be on the business community in the months ahead and our focus will be on the extraordinary women whose vision, energy and ambition will contribute to Britain’s recovery.”
The 2020 award categories are as follows:
– FORTUNA – For a stand-out individual who invests in women-founded businesses
– GAIA – sponsored by Montezuma’s – For an inspirational female founder of a social enterprise who has combined strong community benefit with a sustainable business model
– APHRODITE – sponsored by Daily Mail – For to a woman who founded her business whilst raising a child/children aged 12 or under
– BRAND OF THE FUTURE – sponsored by The White Company – For a female founder of a business that demonstrates great potential for growth
– ARTEMIS – For an inspirational woman running a business trading for 18 months to three years
– DEMETER – sponsored by Nutriment – For an inspirational woman running a business trading from three to five years
– ATHENA – For an inspirational woman running a business trading from six to nine years
– HERA – For an inspirational woman running a business trading for 10 years or more
The NatWest everywoman Awards are free to enter and are judged by a panel of female entrepreneurs whose own journeys mirror those of the entrants, including Rosaleen Blair from Alexander Mann Solutions and Melissa Odabash. The patron of the awards is Dame Mary Perkins, co-founder of Specsavers.
Entries close on 6 July and winners will be announced at a ceremony on 2 December 2020 at The Londoner, Leicester Square. For further information and to nominate visit everywoman.com/ewawards.