Our Purpose

Having just entered a technical recession (as announced by Stats SA – 4 Sept 2018), South African entrepreneurs are facing monumental challenges especially in terms of the consistent and ever-increasing unemployment rate.

The Lions Den has launched the Women Entrepreneur Movement, our purpose being to inspire women entrepreneurs to challenge the status quo, compete on an equal footing and lead the way in alleviating unemployment in South Africa.

The issues facing Women Entrepreneurs including information from the Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs (MIWE):

  • The lack of entrepreneurial intent, women account for only 18.8% of business owners in SA
  • Perceived business opportunities
  • Shortage of support and resources such as training and networking
  • Entrepreneurial competencies play a huge role in the failure of female entrepreneurs in South Africa (Source: SAJESBM).
  • Patriarchy remains deeply entrenched within the fabric of our society to such an extent that most women consider it to be a normal way of life (Source: Zweli Mkhize)
  • Limited access to funding. While studies show that women manage their credit better than men, the former still find it harder to obtain funding than the latter
  • Self-limiting factors. Many women have yet to comprehend their own greatness and according to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Women’s Report, women are generally more afraid of failure than their male counterparts; this inhibits their chances of starting or running their own businesses
  • Managing the home in most cases leaves women having to juggle their priorities.

Why the Women Entrepreneur Movement?

Women Entrepreneurs have been marginalised in the past and have therefore been at a disadvantage with the unemployment rate being much higher amongst women than men, with black women exceeding that of any other race and being the most vulnerable with over 30% unemployed.

What is the Women Entrepreneur Movement?

The movement is all about creating a platform for women entrepreneurs or would-be entrepreneurs to access information and education around entrepreneurship where they can engage with other women entrepreneurs and support each other in their own businesses.

How will the Women Entrepreneur Movement operate?

Our social media platforms will take you on an amazing journey into the entrepreneurial universe, providing you with incredible information, powerful content, real life-changing stories, quirky quizzes, amazing challenges and competitions plus much more to stimulate your mind and to assist you, show you, encourage you and guide you in this world of unimaginable opportunities.

Imagine if you are the next Oprah Winfrey, Polo Leteka, Basetsana Kumalo, Murendwa Mmbabasotho, Lynette Magasa or Khanyi Dhlomo,  ….keep dreaming, dreams can’t come true if you stop dreaming!

Who are we?

The Women Entrepreneur Movement is powered and run by The Lions Den; an entrepreneurial company involved in numerous businesses and initiatives around coaching, training, supporting and creating entrepreneurs. Our team’s mixed skilled set and entrepreneurial spirit position us perfectly to assist others in their entrepreneurial journey.

The Lions Den also runs Scooler | The School Entrepreneur Movement –  www.scooler.co.za whose purpose is to create and inspire an entrepreneurial spirit in our schools so that our students can shape their own futures by exploring an alternative to tertiary education and The Black Lion | The Black Entrepreneur Movement – www.theblacklion.co.za whose purpose is to create, coach and inspire 100 000 black entrepreneurs in the next 12 months to build sustainable businesses, both profitable and remarkable.

The brainchild of our CEO Leon Lategan, previously CEO of Independent Newspapers digital division IOL and CEO & Founder of one of South Africa’s top digital agencies, Purple Cow which he sold in 2012 to Yellow Pages/Telkom.

Being a university drop-out and now a successful Serial Entrepreneur, International Speaker and a Coach & Creator of Entrepreneurs, he fully knows what it means to find yourself with no degree and looking for a job and ultimately choosing the path of entrepreneurship and LOVING IT!

The Lions Den is also partnered with Teen Entrepreneur who is on a mission to assist our youth entrepreneurs by running entrepreneurial societies in our schools.

Leon Lategan
Margot Rolfe
Lydia Zingoni
Founder, SA T.E.F
Monique Elliott
Jan Pretorius
Angela Brooks