The Women in Entrepreneurship, Infrastructure and Sustainable Energy Development (WEISED2020) Symposium is a social innovation project aimed at boosting confidence while focusing on empowering and developing professional and women-owned businesses across the value chain. It has a mandate of empowering one million women by the year 2020 and has began the process of addressing the needs by connecting professional and businesswomen for the purpose of further development, training opportunities  and a network of mentor / mentee relationships.


A special focus has been placed on packaging, farming, the food industry and all aspects relating to moving great ideas and other cutting-edge innovations up the value supply chain  WEISED2020 emphasizes the significant and positive role women play at various levels of the supply chain while learning from a diversity of truly impressive high-level panel of Speakers. These include the corporate and government procurement and supply chain management arms including international renowned entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists, innovators and relevant change makers.


WEISED2020 has been developed in response to the needs of Africa’s infrastructure and to enable women to have a fair and equal opportunity to access procurement of contracts.  




As a key element for broader economic growth in Africa, over 100 leading women in business and the workplace are gathering in Johannesburg for the forthcoming WEISED2020 Symposium. This would be with the primary aim of seeking and gaining invaluable insight and knowledge that will assist in cost effective decisions, ethical control resources and worthwhile profit making ventures.


WEISED2020 was launched and had its first conference and awards on 16 -17 May 2013 at the Lagoon Beach Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa. The occasion was officially opened by the Hon Deputy Minister Elizabeth Thabethe of the South Africa Ministry of Trade and Industry at the time. The event highlighted that women were concerned about the effects of the limited infrastructure project opportunities available to them in Africa and called for a need to seek more fundamental, significant and practical roles for women in order to play a much greater role in the implementation of such related projects.