On February 26th, was held the final judging for the ELLE Impact2 Awards for South Africa.
The South African panel – consisted of successful women, each amazing in leadership and commitment to social issue – elected Thato Kgatlhanye as the overall winner. Thato is the founder of Rethaka Trading which manufactures Repurpose Schoolbags, solar-powered backpacks, made from recycled plastic. These innovative bags charge on a child’s walk to and from school, later transforming into a light to enable them to finish homework and study at night.
Thato will represent South Africa on April 7th in Paris for final grand prize.
Find out more on the event on: http://www.elle.co.za/elle-impact2-awards/
** ELLE Impact2 for Women : An International Award for Female Social Entrepreneurship
9 editions of ELLE along with the investment firm Le Comptoir de l’Innovation have joined forces to promote women entrepreneurs. Each of the editions will be holding a local competition to award one woman-led business or a business dedicated to female empowerment. The 9 semi-finalists will come to Paris to compete for the final grand prize, the “ELLE Impact2 Award” at the IMPACT2 ceremony on April 7th, 2016.
The award is aimed at encouraging and supporting effectively a :
- woman-led or female-empowerment dedicated entreprise
- viable business model
- social entreprise that is bringing innovative solutions to major social, societal and environmental issues
- social entreprise in launch phase or pre-development stage (in test period having convinced a number of customers, OR the service or product has already been sold but entreprise has growth potential.
The participating ELLE editions (listed below) will lend their support by covering the projects editorially and providing mentoring to the winners :
- South Africa
Here is a ‘Who’s Who’…
Le Comptoir de l’Innovation
One of the leading social investment companies operating in France and the US, promoting and investing in the development of social enterprises worldwide.
Impact2 – through the Comptoir de l’Innovation, the Impact2 Forum is a cycle of international events engaging business leaders, policymakers and financial institutions dedicated to the promotion of social entrepreneurship worldwide. For the last 4 years, the Comptoir de l’Innovation has gathered more than 1500 decision makers from more than 50 countries in City Hall of Paris.