Nominate Now: Women SME Leaders Awards Are Back!
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Nominate Now: Women SME Leaders Awards Are Back!

The return of the Women SME Leaders Awards, celebrating women-owned businesses in EEMEA. Nominations open till May 20, 2024, aiming to empower and recognise female entrepreneurship.

Hey, have you heard about the latest announcement from Mastercard? They're bringing back the Women SME Leaders Awards for its third edition, shining a spotlight on the incredible achievements of women-owned and led businesses across Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.

Nominations are now open for the awards, and they're inviting entries from women-owned and operated SMEs with a turnover of less than US$13.6 million (AED50 million) and a workforce of six to 50 employees. So, if you know any women executives or business owners in these regions, encourage them to submit their nominations by May 20, 2024.

The Executive Vice President of Market Development, EEMEA for Mastercard, Amnah Ajmal, highlighted the importance of empowering women entrepreneurs and business leaders, emphasising their significant contributions to the global economy.

Winners will be announced on June 6, 2024, during an in-person event in Dubai, which really showcases Mastercard's commitment to fostering connections and collaboration among women business leaders in the region.

There are 15 categories in these awards, covering everything from creative leadership to social impact and even a lifetime achievement award. A panel of industry leaders will evaluate the shortlisted candidates, dedicated to recognising excellence and innovation in women-owned and led businesses.

Launched in 2022, these awards aim to uplift female entrepreneurs and business leaders, providing a platform to honour and elevate women who are paving the way for future generations of business leaders in the region. And considering last year's success with over 4,500 nominations, this year's event promises to be even more impactful, amplifying the voices and accomplishments of women leaders in business.

Plus, these awards are aligned with Mastercard's global initiative to connect 25 million women entrepreneurs to the digital economy by 2025, highlighting the company's dedication to building a more sustainable and inclusive world, even though they've already achieved this goal last year, two years before the target date.