Ernst & Young (EY), a multinational professional services firm headquartered in London, England, has announced the list of 2018 finalists for its World Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.
The EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award is a unique global program that recognizes entrepreneurial achievement among individuals and companies that demonstrate vision, leadership and success and work to improve the quality of life in their communities, countries and around the world
“Since the first award in 1998, when Adrian Gore of Discovery was the inaugural winner, EY continues to see trailblazing entrepreneurs whose vision is shaping industries, creating new markets and generating employment opportunities while contributing to economic growth and development,” EY said in a statement issued this week.
This year’s nominees include, Camelot Group’s Deborah Merdjan; Cash Flow Capital’s Xan Myburgh; Davipel Trading (Private) Limited’s Davison Norupiri; Growthpoint Properties Limited’s Norbert Sasse; In2IT Technologies Ltd’s Saurabh Kumar; Tiletoria (Pty) Ltd’s Patrick Thonissen; M&M Brands’s Zibusiso Mkhwanazi; Mobicel Communications’ Ridhwan Khan; We Buy Cars Ltd’s Dirk van der Walk & Faan van der Walt; and Valemount Trading Ltd’s Damien Westerman.
“We are delighted to celebrate and recognise these game-changing entrepreneurs from Southern Africa, and acknowledge their incredible achievements,” said Roderick Wolfenden, EY Africa Markets Leader.
“These entrepreneurs demonstrate extraordinary business acumen, financial performance excellence and inspired strategic direction. It is encouraging to see the tenacity and strong entrepreneurial spirit these business leaders have shown in their environments, which are often characterised by uncertainty and disruption,” he continued
“These and most entrepreneurs embrace bold thinking that often sees opportunity in adversity; a relentless drive to build a better working world; and an unwavering commitment to solving their clients’ issues,” Wolfenden added.
The awards programme provides the finalists with an opportunity to connect with local and international businesses, and join a global network of entrepreneurs who share their experiences and perspectives. The Southern Africa awards cover: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Malawi, Mauritius, Madagascar, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia
This year’s award event will be hosted on 29th November, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The event’s overall winner will go on to compete for the prestigious title of World Entrepreneur of the Year in June 2019.