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Two Cass alumni shortlisted for the Women of the Future Awards

Beth Hepworth and Izindi Visagie both up for MBA Star Award

Cass Business School alumni Beth Hepworth and Izindi Visagie have been shortlisted in the MBA Star category at The Women of the Future Awards 2013.

Beth is co-founder of Frontier Middle East and Africa (MEA), a business consultancy and analysis firm. Izindi has started her own legal firm, Ivy Legal, specialising in planning enforcement for local authorities.

Frontier MEA is a research, publishing and advisory firm, focussed on the more challenging and economically exciting frontier markets. The company recently received venture capital investment from the Cass Entrepreneurship Fund to support its expansion across sub-Sahara Africa and Asia.

Beth said: "It's amazing just to be nominated amongst all these high-flyers and I think it's great that the Cass MBA's entrepreneurial stream is being highlighted through this event."

Ivy Legal specialises in planning enforcement on behalf of local authorities. Izindi started the firm in response to the need for more effective planning enforcement and carries out the whole range of planning enforcement action from investigations to prosecutions. Before founding Ivy Legal, Izindi was on the investment team at the Peter Cullum Centre for Entrepreneurship.

Izindi commented: "I am humbled to have been shortlisted alongside such amazing women for this prestigious award. Without the Cass MBA and subsequent work with the Peter Cullum Centre for Entrepreneurship I would not have the skills and confidence to launch and run my own law firm."

Hosted by Real Business and sponsored by Shell the awards are in their eighth year and is the largest national search for exceptionally talented women. They were launched by the Women of the Future network as a platform for promoting successful young women in the UK.

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