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The tenth annual NatWest everywoman awards will close for entries on July 20th so there is not much time left if you want to enter for the ‘Iris’ category.
This category is awarded to “the most inspirational and successful female entrepreneur who runs a technology business that makes a difference, provides real solutions in the world today and, ultimately, is instrumental in building a smarter planet.”
Last year’s Iris winner was Zu Rafalat, 29. Based in London Rafalat set up Zuneta.com, the ‘Net A Porter of the beauty industry.’
Commenting on the NaWest everywoman awards awards Karen Gill MBE, co-founder and director of everywoman said: “SMEs make up over 99% of the total number of businesses in the UK* so in terms of our economic health it is vital that we support and acknowledge their contribution to Britain plc. If we do not take steps to champion female enterprise so that future generations see it as a viable career choice, we will risk irreparable damage to our already fragile economy.
“Over ten years the NatWest everywoman Awards have done just that, recognising scores of women who have achieved business success through hard work, determination and passion and who are role models for future generations of female entrepreneurs.”
The awards are free to enter and nominations can be made by business owners or those connected to them. Nominations are made online at www.everywoman.com/ewawards until 20 July and will be judged by a panel of accomplished businesswomen and entrepreneurs.
Winners will be announced at a ceremony held on 5 December 2012 at The Dorchester in London.
In addition to Iris other categories include:
Artemis is Goddess of the Hunt and Protector of Youth. This award is given to the most inspirational woman running a business who is aged 25 or under.
Demeter is Goddess of the Harvest. The Demeter Award will go to the most inspirational woman running a business who is aged between 26 and 35.
Athena is Goddess of Wisdom. This award is given to the most inspirational woman running a business who is aged between 36 and 49.
Hera is Queen of Goddesses and her wisdom and ability to inspire provide the basis for this award. This award is given to the most inspirational woman running a business who is aged 50 or over.
Hestia represents the hearth and home and is presented to a female entrepreneur who runs a rural business contributing to the local economy.
Gaia represents the earth and is presented to a female entrepreneur whose business has a clearly defined social and/or ethical purpose.