Irena Rysava of builder RI-STAV is woman entrepreneur of the year

​Irena Rysava of builder RI-STAV is the woman entrepreneur of the year in the category of large companies with annual turnover higher than Kc80m, the competition's founder Agentura Helas announced to CTK today.

The participants in the competition have to be Czechs, fully own the company and be active in the business for at least four years. The annual turnover of the companies has to be at least Kc10m.

Alice Stunda of Sunny Canadian International School won in the category of medium-sized companies with turnover at Kc30m to Kc80m and Eva Hronova of firm Revatech came first in the category of small companies with turnover between Kc10m and Kc30m.

This year, 11,885 candidates met the criteria and 47 were in the finals. According to a survey of the competition's auditor NSG Morison, the average age of the finalists this year was 48.2 years.

It was a big surprise that 40 percent of the women are active in areas that belong to men, mostly of a technical character, from construction to the sale of components for lorry transport or wind turbines, NSG Morison partner Petr Sima noted.

"If women do business, they are more serious than men, which can be seen on the fact that only a quarter of companies owned by women are not active," said Pavel Finger, board member of company CRIF - Czech Credit Bureau, the competition's expert guarantor.

Half of the woman entrepreneurs this year fear the most growing tax burden, corruption and increasing prices of materials.

Almost a quarter are concerned they will be unable to finance further growth of their company. On the other hand, they are not too worried that their employees will not work as they should and will not behave properly.

For the future, keeping clients is the most important for 78 percent of the woman entrepreneurs. Half of the women therefore bet on good reputation of their company and introduction of new services and products. They also realise the need for modernisation and investment into technologies.

Some 62 percent of companies owned by women want to hire employees in the future and nearly a half of these want to raise workforce by over 10 percent, Sima added.

More information about the competition

Source: CTK, 7. 11. 2013, Section CTK: cce bns , Author: fs