Updated: March 5, 2021
Inspiring South African entrepreneurs whose visions shape industries, create new markets and generate employment opportunities while contributing to economic growth and development are being celebrated.
The trailblazing entrepreneurs are being recognized by EY, a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services.
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They have been selected and would compete at theevent, an annual gala banquet in Monte Carlo which takes place in June each year.
Entrepreneurs from over 50 countries around the world would compete for one of the most coveted global business awards.
The first award in 1998 saw Adrian Gore of Discovery as the award inaugural winner.
“We are delighted to celebrate and recognize 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,” he added.
He said it was “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”.
“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”.
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The 2018 finalists are listed below
Camelot Group: Deborah Merdjan
Cash Flow Capital: Xan Myburgh
Davipel Trading (Private) Limited: Davison Norupiri
Growthpoint Properties Limited: Norbert Sasse
In2IT Technologies (Pty) Ltd: Saurabh Kumar
Tiletoria (Pty) Ltd: Patrick Thonissen
M&M Brands: Zibusiso Mkhwanazi
Mobicel Communications: Ridhwan Khan
We Buy Cars (Pty) Ltd: Dirk van der Walk & Faan van der Walt
Valemount Trading (Pty) Ltd: Damien Westerman
The awards program 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 covers: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Malawi, Mauritius, Madagascar, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia
This year’s award event will be hosted on 29 November 2018 in Johannesburg – South Africa and following that the overall winner will go on to compete for the prestigious title of World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ in June 2019.