EY supports start-ups to grow businesses globally in the face of economic uncertainty in 2017

London, 22 February 2017

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  • EY Accelerating Entrepreneurs program identifies 47 high-growth start-ups from Asia-Pacific and EMEIA to receive training and mentoring in 2017
  • EY aims to help innovative and disruptive start-ups realize their growth potential
  • Program commenced this month at the EY Strategic Growth Forum™ Mediterranean

EY has selected 47 high-potential and innovative start-up entrepreneurial organizations from across Asia-Pacific and EMEIA to take part in its 2017 Accelerating Entrepreneurs program. Over the course of the year, EY firms can provide the selected start-ups with strategic support through leading guidance and planning and help the entrepreneurs identify and develop opportunities to scale and grow their businesses globally.

The Accelerating Entrepreneurs program will draw upon the knowledge of an extensive EY network of global entrepreneurs to help the start-ups bolster their business plans in response to increasing economic uncertainty across global markets. The access provided will help prepare the entrepreneurs to face risks posed by the current geopolitical environment and changing regulatory standards so that they can continue to pursue and realize growth objectives. 2017 marks the third year the EY Accelerating Entrepreneurs program has been conducted in EMEIA and the second year in Asia-Pacific.

Demet Ozdemir, EY EMEIA Growth Markets Leader, says:
“We are living in a period of uncertainty and transition. Today's global business economy requires new innovation and ideas to keep pace with the rapid changes of disruption. The EY Accelerating Entrepreneurs program identifies leading start-ups who show an ability to apply new business models and discover new entry points into markets. We can provide support and guidance to these entrepreneurs as they continue to develop their businesses so that over time we can help grow their businesses.”

The program commenced this month at the EY Strategic Growth Forum Mediterranean in Rome where start-ups were chosen based upon their potential to grow across borders, their entrepreneurial spirit, leadership qualities, financial performance, strategic direction and innovative thinking.

The event provided opportunities for start-ups to access some of the world's preeminent business minds and take part in networking opportunities and interactive discussions with other entrepreneurs.

Over the course of 2017, the 47 selected start-ups will receive a broad program of one-to-one guidance and insight-sharing including:

  • The opportunity to network and form ongoing relationships with EY Growth Coaches, global entrepreneurs, industry leaders and EY professionals.
  • Access to dedicated EY service professionals to focus on the business issues most critical to the growth support of participants, together with an EY Growth Navigator™ session to help assess capabilities and growth plans.
  • Access to the unparalleled EY global entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Michael Anghie, EY Asia-Pacific Strategic Growth Markets Leader, says:
“Today's entrepreneurs serve a powerful purpose. Not only are they pushing the boundaries of innovation but they are also the next generation of world leaders. The EY Accelerating Entrepreneurs program has long nurtured the companies of tomorrow and it continues to provide emerging businesses with the leading practices for accelerating their growth.”

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About the EY Accelerating Entrepreneurs program
The EY Accelerating Entrepreneurs program helps fast-growth start-ups from around the world to scale their business through one-to-one guidance, networking and insight sharing. Split into three regions: Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America, the program is designed to help accelerate entrepreneurs through the next steps of their growth journey to becoming the global market leaders of tomorrow.

A full list of EY 2017 Asia-Pacific and EMEIA Accelerating Entrepreneurs include:

The 2017 Accelerating Entrepreneurs from Asia-Pacific are:

  • Tao Li, Founder and CEO, APUS Group, China
    APUS Group is a tech company developing new approaches for smartphone use.
  • Alfonso Ordonez, Co-founder, ASG Capital Group Pty Ltd, Australia
    ASG Capital is an investment group focusing on technology solutions connecting users who have shared hobbies.
  • Dr. Raghav Murali-Ganesh, Co-founder and COO, CancerAid, Australia
    CancerAid is a digital health company that seeks to improve health care outcomes by developing digital tools.
  • Dr. Nikhil Pooviah, Co-founder and CEO, CancerAid, Australia
    CancerAid is a digital health company that seeks to improve health care outcomes by developing digital tools.
  • Nicholas Press, Managing Director and CEO, CEC Systems Pty Ltd, Australia
    CEC Systems is a logistics company that delivers integrated shipping solutions worldwide.
  • Manoj Sharma, Founder and CEO, CusJo, Singapore
    CusJo is a data analytics company providing organizations survey analytics with benchmarking to drive innovation.
  • Renece Brewster, Founder and CEO, Data Creative, Australia
    Data Creative is a predictive data analytics company offering commercial solutions.
  • Norma Chu, Founder and CEO, DayDayCook, Hong Kong, China
    DayDayCook is a multichannel cooking and lifestyle content creator that helps millennials to cook.
  • Tania Jolley, Co-founder and Managing Director, DNA Security Solutions, Australia
    DNA Security Systems is a company this is innovating new DNA tagging technologies.
  • Christopher Gilbert, Managing Director, Equitise, Australia
    Equitise is a crowdfunding company that is enabling high-growth companies to network together.
  • Martin Tsang, CEO, EV Power, Hong Kong, China
    EV Power is an electric vehicle charging service provider.
  • Beau Leese, Co-founder and Co-CEO, Intersective, Australia
    Intersective is an education company delivering experiential learning through technology collaboration.
  • Wes Sonnenreich, Co-founder and Co-CEO, Intersective, Australia
    Intersective is an education company delivering experiential learning through technology collaboration.
  • Alex Paine, CEO, IoL Technologies Pty Ltd, Australia
    IoL Technologies is a developer of energy-efficient, smarter spaces through advanced LED technology solutions.
  • Naomi Lindermeyer, Founder and Director, Kimberlin Education, Australia
    Kimberlin Education is a specialist education company with a passion to connect classroom to community.
  • Danielle Fletcher, Company Director, Kimberlin Education, Australia
    Kimberlin Education is a specialist education company with a passion to connect classroom to community.
  • Andrew Leary, Managing Director, Lockliv Corporation, Australia
    Lockliv Corporation is a security company developing globally patented wireless safety and security alert systems.
  • Kristy Chong, Founder and CEO, Modibodi, Australia
    Modibodi™ is an innovative apparel company developing women’s active-wear that combines fashion and reusable hi-tech protection.
  • Marta Higuera, Co-CEO and Co-founder, OpenAgent, Australia
    OpenAgent is a technology company delivering access to real estate agent rankings to assist selling property.
  • Danny Yeung, CEO, Prenetics Limited, Hong Kong, China
    Prenetics Limited is a genetic testing and digital health company in Southeast Asia.
  • Philip Livingston, Founder and Managing Director, Redback Technologies, Australia
    Redback Technologies is an energy company creating integrated technologies to capture and manage solar energy.
  • Michele Ferrario, Co-founder and CEO, StashAway, Singapore
    StashAway is a digital wealth management solution that builds personalized investment portfolios.
  • Jessica Wilson, Founder and CEO, Stashd, Australia
    Stashd is an app making western fashion accessible to the Chinese millennial market.
  • Loic Barancourt, CEO, Thinxtra, Australia
    Thinxtra is a developer of Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.

The 2017 Accelerating Entrepreneurs from EMEIA are:

  • Alexandru Holicov, Founder and CEO, Adservio, Romania
    Adservio is an online academic network connecting students with institutions granting anytime access to school data like grades, absences and exemptions.
  • Paulo Trezentos, Co-founder and CEO, Aptoide, Portugal
    Aptoid is an app developer enabling app users to setup and manage their own app stores.
  • Mohammed Al-Shaker, Founder and CEO, ArabiaWeather Inc., Jordan
    ArabiaWeather is a provider of weather data products and solutions to consumers and businesses in the Middle East.
  • Tim de Kraker, Founder, BarDoggy, Netherlands
    BarDoggy is a nightlife and entertainment social media app platform.
  • Aleksandr Galkin, Co-founder and CEO, Competera, Ukraine
    Competera is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) platform providing internet retailers with pricing and assortment decisions.
  • Luca Rossettini, CEO, D-Orbit, Italy
    D-Orbit is a satellite systems company providing commissioning and decommissioning solutions for spacecraft, launch vehicles and next-generation satellites
  • Jens Legarth, CEO, European Protein, Denmark
    European Protein is an innovative agriculture company providing lactic acid fermented protein feed to livestock.
  • Richard Corbett, Founder and CEO, Eyetease, United Kingdom
    Eyetease is an innovative digital media company servicing taxi cab and other mobility providers.
  • Simon Hay, Co-founder, Firefly, United Kingdom
    Firefly is an education technology company enabling schools to engage parents with their children's school work to track progress.
  • Jussi Hinkkanen, Co-founder and CEO, Fuzu Ltd., Finland
    Fuzu Limited is an online platform for the Kenyan job market providing insights, open jobs, career advice and training.
  • Robert Dohrendorf, President and CEO, Graphmasters, Switzerland
    Graphmasters is an analytics firm providing algorithms to help automobile drivers optimize traffic routes for efficient times.
  • Jonathan Davey, CEO, HUGHUB, United Kingdom
    HUGHUB is a fin-tech company seeking to improve business efficiency and growth and reduce acquisition costs.
  • Hande Cilingir, Co-founder, Insider, Turkey
    Insider is a digital experience delivery platform enabling marketers to leverage personalization, predictive segmentation and real-time technologies to boost loyalty.
  • Simone Panfilo, Co-founder, LOVEThESIGN, Italy
    LOVETheSIGN is a home design and style company in Italy.
  • Murat Demirhan, Co-founder and CEO, Meal Box, Turkey
    Meal Box is an on-demand and subscription-based food delivery business.
  • Kacper SzczeĹ›niak, VP of Operations, Nethone, Poland
    Nethone is a company providing artificial intelligence-based anti-fraud and business intelligence solutions for e-commerce companies.
  • Enrica Arena, Co-founder and Chief Marketing Officer, Orange Fiber, Italy
    Orange Fiber is an innovative textile company that creates sustainable merchandise from citrus by-products.
  • Jacek Szlendak, Co-founder and CEO, Perfect Gym Solutions S.A., Poland
    Perfect Gym Solutions is a technology firm developing management software for gyms to assist administrative needs, including member billing, class schedules, trainer rosters and payroll.
  • Marlene Sjöberg, Founder and CEO, RaceONE, Sweden
    RaceONE is a technology company connecting athletes to organize fragmented sports events and share race times and results in one place.
  • Ilian Grozev, CEO, REMIX GLOBAL, Bulgaria
    REMIX GLOBAL is an online market place for second-hand fashion.
  • Alberto Dalmasso, Co-founder and CEO, Satispay, Italy
    Satispay is a payment network enabling people to send money securely from a smartphone app.
  • Asta Cepulyte, Founder, Sharecruit, Lithuania
    Sharecruit is a digital recruiting company targeting individuals through social media.
  • Denis Kiselev, Founder and CEO, SnapSwap, Luxembourg
    SnapSwap is a FinTech company developing apps combining mobile payments with social communication tools.
  • Gabriele Marazzi, Co-founder, SpidChain, Italy
    SpidChain is a technology company enabling customers to use blockchain technology to manage digital identities.
  • Enrico Casati, Co-founder and CEO, Velasca, Italy
    Velasca is a high-fashion shoe brand priced for an affordable menswear market.
  • Bruno Gyorgy, CEO, Zinemath, Hungary
    An R&D company that develops depth cameras for 3D imaging.