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Women Entrepreneurs and Leaders

The Women Entrepreneurs and Leaders Program aims to support women-led businesses and open up advanced career opportunities for women. The Program includes an annual competition and a series of learning projects and has been running in Russia since 2013.

The competition is intended to encourage entrepreneurship among women and ensure equal opportunities for professional development and career growth, thus promoting the economic development and prosperity of society as a whole. It provides a unique opportunity for women leaders to keep abreast of change, raise awareness of their brand and make meaningful connections, thus driving and inspiring their business and career growth. The winners are chosen by an independent professional jury of prominent members of the business community and academia.

The learning projects run by the Women Entrepreneurs and Leaders Program are designed to help participants build their professional skill set, receive expert advice and learn more about the tools and resources available to enhance their leadership capabilities and make their business more efficient. The events are regular, and you can stay on the Program for as long as you feel it right for your business.

WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS AND LEADERS 2024 JUDGES

Raisa Demina

Chair of the Board

TM Velcom Group

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Irina Bakhtina

Board Member (Independent Director) 

Local UN Global Compact

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Marina Zhigalova

Investor, Entrepreneur

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Marina Karban

Dean for Programmes, SKOLKOVO Moscow School of Management 

Head of FLOW and Leaders as Teachers Programmes

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Mikhail Kopeikin

Advisor to President – Chairman of the Management Board        

VTB Bank (PJSC)

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Stanislav Kostyashkin

Founder, CEO 

Continent Express

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Alexey Malinovsky

Chairman        

TCS Group Holding

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WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS AND LEADERS 2023 WINNERS

Socially Oriented Business category

Maria Aizina


Founder

Museum In Silence

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Beauty and Health category

Maria Grudina

 

Mastermind and founder 

First Line Health Care Resort, an innovative aging prevention project

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Business Transformation category

Kristina Dubinina

 

Strategic Marketing Director 

Transmashholding

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Professional Services category

Inga Esakova

 

Founder

Atsearch Group

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Professional Services category

Elena Morozova

 

Founder

Atsearch Group

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Education category

Seda Kasparova

 

Founder

Voice Can online project

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Russian Fashion category

Ekaterina Kombarova

 

Founder

Maison Kaleidoscope

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Healthy Eating category

Elena Naumova

 

Founder 

Granola.Lab

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Medical Services category

Anna Simakova

 

CEO

Three Sisters rehabilitation center

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Construction and Infrastructure category

Yana Tachalova

 

Commercial Director 

ANT Development

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Information Technology category

Irina Travina

 

CEO

SoftLab-NSK

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Manufacturing category

Julia Cherepanova

 

Chair of the Board of Directors, Chief Development Officer

TECHNEX

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Special award for Transformation of Russia’s Creative Industry

Marina Abramova    

   

President, Creative Economy non-profit association 

Director, Russian Creative Week Forum

 

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Special award for Courage in Business

Oksana Kositsyna

 

CEO and CFO, member of the Board of Directors

Allnex Belgorod

 

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Special award for Innovative Approach

Irina Palchikova

 

Co-founder and CEO 

RUSSIAN BESPOKE

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Special award for Industry Leadership

Galina Reznik

 

CEO and founder

RAMI Clinic

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Special award for Excellence in Discovering Innovative Business Solutions

Polina Flink

 

Managing Director

Digital Native

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Supported by

Partner

Media partner

Informational partner

Intellectual partner

CONDITIONS AND ADVANTAGES OF PARTICIPATION

Selection criteria

Who can apply for the Women Entrepreneurs and Leaders Program?

 

The competition is open to women who own or are top managers in sustainable and successful businesses and contribute significantly to driving the business forward. Aspiring participants should meet the following eligibility criteria.

  • The participant must be either a business founder, or an individual entrepreneur, or a shareholder holding at least 20% of the business, or a C-suite executive (CEO, CFO, board member, etc.), and contribute significantly to the growth of her business by helping it transform into a competitive market player or an industry leader.
  • The participant must bear primary responsibility for developing her company’s business over at least the last two years and play a major role in its management.
  • Her company must have been in the market for at least two years and have an annual turnover of over RUB 30 million.
  • A company can nominate only one participant, apart from the founders.
  • A participant cannot take part in the competition for more than two years in a row.
  • The last three years’ winners are not eligible for nomination.

Advantages

Why apply?

 

The Women Entrepreneurs and Leaders Program offers more than just public recognition of the accomplishments and leadership talents of successful women.

 

Throughout the process — from selection to the awards ceremony — participants can enjoy unique opportunities, such as:

  • Gaining new domestic and international business contacts
  • Promoting their business in the media
  • Attending workshops, masterclasses and panel discussions
  • Participating in PR and other marketing activities as part of the competition
  • Building team spirit in their workplace
  • Improving their company’s image and its perception by customers, suppliers and partners
  • Getting motivated and inspired to drive their business and career forward
  • This aims to empower women entrepreneurs to pursue more ambitious goals and expand their business.

Questions and answers

How can I apply?

 

To participate, fill in the online registration form on the B1 website or print it off, fill it in by hand and mail it to us.

 

The entry form can be submitted by any company, agency or organization or any person who knows the nominee (e.g., a company employee, bank officer, legal adviser, PR manager or spouse) or by the entrepreneur herself.

 

All information provided in the entry form is confidential and will only be shared with the panel of independent judges.

 

How are the winners selected?

 

Winners of Women Entrepreneurs and Leaders are selected by a jury of successful business people, investors, independent experts and prominent members of the business and academic community.

 

Participants will be judged on their personal qualities (entrepreneurial spirit, leadership skills and creativity) and business performance (corporate governance, financial results, job creation impact and complexity of doing business).

 

Nominees are shortlisted based on the information provided in their registration forms.

 

When will the winners be announced?

 

The annual Women Entrepreneurs and Leaders awards ceremony, at which winners in each category are announced, is held in Moscow in the spring.

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