Vancoillie is Entrepreneur of the Year
Ann Vancoillie, CEO of two companies she founded, has been named Entrepreneur of the Year at this year’s Women in Enterprise and Development (Womed) Awards, organised by Unizo and Markant, the women’s business network. The prizes were handed out in Brussels by Princess Mathilde.
Vancoillie (pictured) comes from Deinze, East Flanders, from a business family. Her companies, Creaplan in Nazareth and Aluvision in Deinze, both provide exhibition stands, showrooms and display equipment, with Creaplan concentrating more on domestic customers, while Aluvision works the international market.
An Beazar of Enprove in Ghent was named Promising Newcomer of the Year, a prize given to entrepreneurs in business for less than five years. Enprove carries out energy audits and helps companies implement energy efficiency plans.
Also this year, the biannual Womed Zuid prize for women entrepreneurs in the developing world was awarded to Koumba Keita from Guinea-Conakry, head of the Wakali de Dabola group, for her “strong character, clear vision and professional dedication”. The group produces peanut oil and paste, which form the basis of much cuisine in Guinea.