The better the question. The better the answer. The better the world works. У вас есть вопрос? У нас есть ответ. Решая сложные задачи бизнеса, мы улучшаем мир. У вас є запитання? У нас є відповідь. Вирішуючи складні завдання бізнесу, ми змінюємо світ на краще. Meilleure la question, meilleure la réponse. Pour un monde meilleur. 問題越好。答案越好。商業世界越美好。 问题越好。答案越好。商业世界越美好。

EY World Entrepreneur Award 2017 Southern Africa

Nominations now open

Entrepreneurs make a difference by creating jobs and wealth, bringing new innovations to the market and encouraging creativity.

The EY World Entrepreneur Award™ - Southern Africa, now in its 20th year, is more than a business award. It is part of a global programme that helps and supports entrepreneurs build successful and sustainable businesses in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries.

The Southern Africa programme incorporates ten countries: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique, Malawi, Mauritius, Madagascar, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

This year’s award event will be hosted in November 2017 to announce the overall Master winner who will then go on to compete for the prestigious title of World Entrepreneur Of The Year™ in June 2018. In addition to the Master winner, awards are given to Exceptional and Emerging entrepreneurs.

Entries close July 2017.

Nominate today on our registration page.

Programme details

The programme was launched in Africa in 1998. Globally, the programme operates in more than 145 cities in over 60 countries worldwide, honouring men and women who build and lead successful, growing and dynamic businesses.

We know what it takes to build, scale and nurture a great company. Through our Global Entrepreneur Of The Year™ programme, EY is recognised as a world leader in advising, guiding and recognising the best high-growth entrepreneurs and their companies.

The search is on for entrepreneurs with the courage, passion and purpose to make their dreams a reality and who are building something of lasting value that brings real benefits to an industry or sector and the communities in which they operate.

Our World Entrepreneur Award celebrates men and women who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses. We celebrate their success and the contribution they are making to our economies and the legacy they are building.

 
 

Alumni

2016 Winners and Finalists

“The power of entrepreneurs and their ability to see beyond the horizon, to shape the future, and have a positive impact on their economies through job creation, growth and innovation has always been a commitment of EY’s focus on entrepreneurship. The 2016 finalists and winners all had to overcome obstacles and adversity to achieve their goals. We congratulate these exceptional individuals for their outstanding achievements.” Azim Omar, Africa Growth Markets Leader.

Master Category Winner & Finalists

EY - Peter Mountford – Super Group
Peter Mountford
Super Group

Winner

EY - Stephen Brookes – Balwin Properties
Stephen Brookes
Balwin Properties
EY - Allan Hirsch – Hirsch’s
Allan Hirsch
Hirsch’s
EY - Margaret Hirsch – Hirsch’s
Margaret Hirsch
Hirsch’s

Exceptional Category Winner & Finalists

EY - Gil Oved  – The Creative Counsel
Gil Oved
The Creative Counsel

Winner

EY - Ran Neu-Ner – The Creative Counsel
Ran Neu-Ner
The Creative Counsel

Winner

EY - Mergan Naidoo - Goldrush Gaming
Mergan Naidoo
Goldrush Gaming
EY - Ray Hipkin – Goldrush Gaming
Ray Hipkin
Goldrush Gaming
EY - Jurie Bester – Junit Manufacturing
Jurie Bester
Junit Manufacturing
EY - Khudu Pitje – New GX Capital Holdings
Khudu Pitje
New GX Capital Holdings
EY - Kirit Naik – Rank Zimbabwe
Kirit Naik
Rank Zimbabwe

Emerging Category Winner & Finalists

EY - Fatima Vawda – 27Four Investment Managers
Fatima Vawda
27Four Investment Managers

Winner

EY - Mitch Marescia – Camargue Underwriting Managers
Mitch Marescia
Camargue Underwriting Managers
EY - Zaida Enver - Pure Grit Project and Exhibitions Management
Zaida Enver
Pure Grit Project and Exhibitions Management
EY - Guido Ceruti – Pure Grit Project and Exhibitions Management
Guido Ceruti
Pure Grit Project and Exhibitions Management
EY - Anton Rossouw – Life Path Health
Anton Rossouw
Life Path Health

Judges for 2016

Master Category

EY - Stephen KoseffStephen Koseff
Chief Executive Officer of Investec Limited
Investec Plc
EY - Ivan EpsteinIvan Epstein
Chairman of the Sage Foundation
SAGE
EY - Willem RoosWillem Roos
CEO of OUTsurance Insurance Company Limited
Outsurance
EY - Gloria SerobeGloria Serobe
Founder and Executive Director of Wiphold
EY - Sipho NkosiSipho Nkosi 
Chamber of Mining SA

Exceptional Category

EY - Johann VorsterJohann Vorster
Chief Executive for Clover Industries Limited
Clover
EY - Andile KhumaloAndile Khumalo
Chief Investment Officer at MSG Afrika
MSG Afrika
EY - Tashmia IsmailTashmia Ismail
Head of Gordon Institute of Business Science's (Gibs) Inclusive Markets Programme
Gordon Institute of Business

Emerging Category

EY - Matsi ModiseMatsi Modise
Managing Director at SiMODiSA Association
SiMODiSA Association
EY - Catherine TownsendCatherine Townshend
Managing Director South Africa
Endeavor
EY - Tembwe MutunguTembwe Mutungu
Operating Partner at Oakfield Holdings Limited

Alumni network

Past winners

Master winners

Name

Surname

Company

Year

Adrian

Gore

Discovery

1998

Ivan

Epstein

Softline Ltd (SAGE)

1999

KK

Combi

Thembeka Capital

2000

Mark

Lamberti

Transaction Capital

2001

Patrice

Motsepe

African Rainbow Minerals

2002

Brian

Joffe

The Bidvest Group

2003

Stephen

Saad

Aspen Pharmacare

2004

Bill

Lynch

Imperial Holdings

2005

Koos

Bekker

Naspers

2006

Ndaba

Ntsele

Pamodzi Investment Holdings

2007

James

Blakemore

Zest Electric Group

2008

Howard

Aron

OUTsurance

2009

Willem

Roos

OUTsurance

2009

John

Copelyn

HCI

2010

Marcel

Golding

HCI

2010

Braam

van Huyssteen

Tekkie Town

2011

Sipho

Nkosi

Exxaro

2012

Stephen

Koseff

Investec

2013

Asher

Bohbot

EOH

2014

Johann

Vorster

Clover

2015

Peter

Mountford

Super Group

2016

 

Emerging Winners

Name

Surname

Company

Year

Fulton

Ramaphakela

Moloko Holdings

2006

Patrick

Dickens

Centurion Systems

2007

David

Letschert

Union-Swiss (Bio Oil)

2008

Willy

Govender

Spatial Data Holdings

2009

Deborah

Fry

Fry Group Foods

2010

Walter

Fry

Fry Group Foods

2010

Elmien

Scholtz

Bio Sculpture SA

2011

Johanna

Mukoki

Travel with Flair

2012

Rob

Stokes

Quirk

2013

Justin

Clarke

One Africa Media

2014

Khudusela

Pitje

New GX Capital

2015

Fatima

Vawda

27four Investment Managers

2016

 

Exceptional Winners

Name

Surname

Company

Year

Hassen

Adams

Grand Parade Investments LTd

2013

Divine

Ndhlukula

Securico

2014

Nadir

Khamissa

Hello Group

2015

Shaazim

Khamissa

Hello Group

2015

Ran

Neu-Ner

The Creative Counsel

2016

Gil

Oved

The Creative Counsel

2016

 

Life time achiever

Name

Surname

Company

Year

Raymond

Ackerman

Pick n Pay

2007

Richard

Maponya

Maponya Group

2008

Andrew

Golding

Pam Golding Properties

2009

Betram

Lubner

MaAfrika Tikkun

2010

Frans

Indongo

Frans Indongo Group

2011

Herman

Mashaba

Lephatsi Investments

2012

Johann

Rupert

Chairman & CEO Richemont

2013

Sol

Kerzner

Former Chairman & CEO Kerzner Leisure

2014

Jannie

Mouton

PSG Group

2015

Jabulane

Mabuza

Telkom SA Limited

2016

 

Social Winner

Name

Surname

Company

Year

Patrick

Schofield

Streetwires Artist Collective cc

2008

Shona

McDonald

ShonaQuip

2009

Olivia

van Rooyen

Kuyasa Fund

2010

Andrew

Muir

The Wilderness Foundation

2011

 

 

EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year previous winners from Africa

EY - James Mwangi
James Mwangi
CEO and Managing Director of Kenya's Equity Bank Limited

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2011 Kenya,
World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2012

EY - Bill Lynch
Bill Lynch
CEO of Imperial Holdings

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2005 South Africa,
World Entrepreneur Of The Year 2006

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Benefits of the programme

A lifetime network of the world’s most influential and innovative high-growth entrepreneurs

  1. Connections: Access to the best business minds in the world.
  2. Kinship: A community of peers with shared experiences and common, entrepreneurial perspectives.
  3. Knowledge: The most relevant content and information, from EY professionals and other organisations focused on high-growth entrepreneurial companies.
  4. Influence: Opportunities to impact public policy and tackle complex problems as part of the most prestigious organization of entrepreneurs in the world.
  5. Recognition: Highlighting the contributions you make locally, globally and nationally.
  6. Opportunity: Participate as a regional or national Entrepreneur Of The Year judge, attend and/or speak at events such as the Strategic Growth Forum, regional galas and Alumni experiences, and nominate your peers for the programme.

Contact us

Azim Omar
Growth Markets Leader
tel: +2711 772 3520
cell: +27(0) 83 236 9257
EY - Twitter @AzimOmar_EY

Sarah Custers
Go to Markets Programme Lead
tel: +2711 772 3300
cell: +27(0) 83 601 1399
EY - Twitter @SarahCusters